Community Advisory Board
Associate Professor Adrian Cherney
Position: University of Queensland
Institute: Associate Professor of Criminology
Adrian Cherney is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland. He is also an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow.
His current work focuses on the evaluation of programs aimed at countering violent extremism and has undertaken research on the supervision of terrorist offenders who have been released into the community on parole.
Adrian’s current ARC Future Fellowship is exploring community-based efforts to prevent terrorism. Other projects include identifying available data sources and measures for CVE evaluation. His research has also focused on community cooperation in counter-terrorism and police engagement of Muslim communities in counter-terrorism efforts.
He has previously secured relevant grants from the Australian Research Council, the US Air Force, the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Queensland Department of Communities, NSW Corrective Services and the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department.
Mr Andrew Zammit
Postion: PhD Candidate at Monash University
Institution: Monash University
Andrew Zammit is a PhD Candidate at Monash University’s School of Social Sciences, studying transnational support for armed movements. He has been employed on research projects for Monash University’s Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC) and Victoria University’s Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing (CCDW). He also works for the website Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO) at Swinburne University and co-hosts the podcast Sub Rosa.
Andrew’s research has mainly focused on violent extremism in Australia. His other areas of research interest include human rights, national security laws and Indonesian politics. He has published in media outlets such as The Age, The Conversation, The Strategist and The Drum, specialist outlets such as the Jamestown Terrorism Monitor and West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center Sentinel, and academic journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.
Andrew is currently co-authoring International Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in the Australian Context with Debra Smith (Forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
Andrew’s publications can be found at: https://andrewzammit.org/publications/
Dr. Anna Halafoff
Name: Dr. Anna Halafoff
Institution: SHSS Arts & Ed, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University
Position: Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Dr. Anna Halafoff is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology ,and a member of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, at Deakin University. She is also a Research Associate of the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific at Monash University and of Canada’s Religion and Diversity Project. Prior to joining Deakin, Anna was a Senior Researcher at the Global Terrorism Research Centre at Monash University, from 2006-2012, and taught several units in the Master of Terrorism Studies. In 2011, Anna was named a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations’ Global Expert in the fields of religion and terrorism. Anna’s current research interests include: religious diversity; interreligious relations; countering violent extremism; and education about religions and worldviews. Her recent books include The Multifaith Movement: Global Risks and Cosmopolitan Solutions (Springer 2013) and Education about Religions and Worldviews: Promoting Intercultural and Interreligious Understanding in Secular Societies (Routledge, 2016 edited with Arweck and Boisvert).
Associate Professor Chad Whelan
Institution: Deakin University
Position: Associate Professor in Criminology
Chad Whelan is an Associate Professor in Criminology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University and a member of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. He conducts research on organised crime, terrorism, cyber-crime and security, and multi-agency responses to such problems across organisational boundaries and professional disciplines. Much of his research adopts a network perspective to understanding crime and terrorism, and their responses. He is author of Networks and National Security: Dynamics, Effectiveness and Organisation (Routledge, 2012), Securing Mega-Events: Networks, Strategies, Tensions (Palgrave, 2018 with Dr Adam Molnar), and is currently contracted to publish Organised Crime and Law Enforcement: A Network Perspective (Routledge 2019, with A/Prof. David Bright). His criminological research has been funded by nationally competitive grants and cooperative research centres. Recent publications have appeared in journals, including the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Global Crime, Police Practice and Research, Policing, Policing and Society, and Security Journal.
Dr Debra Smith
Institution: Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities (ISILC), Victoria University, Australia
Position: Senior Research Fellow
Dr Debra Smith is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities (ISILC), Victoria University. Debra has an industry funded position working with Defence Science Technology Group. She received her PhD from Monash University for her exploration of the role of emotion within decisions to engage in violent political extremism.
Debra’s research focuses on questions of violent political extremism, social conflict and social change. She has a particular interest in the role of emotion within violent extremism beliefs and action. Debra’s research has examined emotional investment in violent and non-violent extremist groups, the emotional resonance of violent and non-violent extremist messaging, and how emotions contribute to the development of moral positions that can justify violent acts.
Debra has worked on projects with various law enforcement and government partners to understand processes of radicalisation that lead to violent political extremism. Her current projects at Victoria University include,
- Understanding the relationship between online and offline social influence in radicalisation leading to violent extremism (with DST Group, Prof Michele Grossman and Prof Ramon Spaaij)
- Mapping networks and narratives of emerging far-right social movements in Victoria (with Dr Mario Peucker, Moonshot CVE and All Together Now)
- From Passive Observer to Active Participant: Identifying Transitions to Violent Extremism Activity (With Prof. Ramon Spaaij, Victoria Police and Australian Multicultural Foundation)
Debra is currently co-authoring International Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in the Australian Context with Andrew Zammit (Forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
Professor Greg Barton
Name: Prof Greg Barton
Institution: Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University
Position: Professor of Global Islamic Politics
Greg is Research Professor in Global Islamic Politics in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University where, since August 2015, he has led research on Islam and civil society, democratisation, and countering violent extremism. From 2007 to 2015 he was the Herb Feith Professor at Monash University where he led research on radicalisation in the Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC). He taught at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu from 2006 to 2007, and at Deakin University from 1992 to 2006. He is a Senior Fellow with the UAE-based Hedayah Center in Abu Dhabi working on CVE. Greg is one of Australia’s leading scholars of both modern Indonesia and of terrorism and countering violent extremism and has near-native fluency in Indonesian/Malay.
Together with the Director of GTReC, A/Prof Peter Lentini, he led a large ARC Linkage research project examining violent extremist radicalization and counter radicalization. He has just commenced work on a new ARC Discovery Grant funded project (under the leadership of Prof Doug Ezzy, UTas) ARC entitled: Religious diversity in Australia: Maintaining social cohesion and preventing violence. Since 1997 he has held a further five ARC research grants studying Islam and politics in Indonesia.
Over the past 30 years he has undertaken extensive research on Indonesia politics and society, especially of the role of Islam as both a constructive and a disruptive force. He has been active in the inter-faith dialogue initiatives and has a deep commitment to building understanding of Islam and Muslim society. The central axis of his research interests is the way in which religious thought, individual believers and religious communities respond to modernity and to the modern nation state. He also has a strong general interest in international relations and comparative international politics. Since 2004 he has made a comparative study of progressive Islamic thought in Turkey and Indonesia with particular reference to Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah in Indonesia and the transnational Hizmet movement inspired by Turkey’s Fethullah Gulen.
Greg has a general interest in security studies and human security and a particular interest in countering violent extremism. He continues to research the offshoots of Jemaah Islamiyah, al-Qaeda, ISIS and related radical Islamist movements in Southeast Asia and has been involved in teaching counter-terrorism courses at the Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies (APCSS) in Honolulu and with other institutions and agencies, including for the Australian Federal Police, Victoria Police, the Counter Terrorism branch in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Countering Violent Extremism Centre in the Attorney General’s Department (now in the Department of Home Affairs). He is often invited by government agencies in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia to teach workshops on violent extremism and terrorism. Since 2016 Greg has been leading the Home Affairs’ Southeast Asian Network of Civil Society Organisations working together against extremism.
Current research and engagement projects
Name: Levi West
Institution: Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Sturt University
Position: Director of Terrorism Studies
Levi West is the Director of Terrorism Studies at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security at Charles Sturt University (CSU); a Research Fellow at the Institute for Regional Security, Director of Leviathan Analysis Pty Ltd; and a PhD candidate in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University (ANU).
Levi’s research interests focus on the intersection of terrorism, communication, and technology and he has been published in academic journals and scholarly book chapters, as well as being published in national media outlets and on prominent national security blogs.
Levi manages and contributes substantially to the design and delivery of CSU’s Masters of Terrorism and Security Studies program in Canberra and has lectured extensively to law enforcement, intelligence, and military audiences both domestically and internationally, including New York University, the Naval War College in the United States, the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation in Indonesia, the National Security College at ANU, and at the Australian Command and Staff College at the Australian Defence College. Additionally, Levi contributes to a range of internal training programs for the law enforcement and national security community, both in Australia, and internationally.
Levi is a sought after speaker on terrorism and other national security issues, and a frequent media contributor.
Insitiution: Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University
Lise is CI on an ARC grant developing base-line data in relation to the engagement with and attitudes to online violent extremist content among youth populations in Australia. Her current work program includes the design of regional resilience and social cohesion programs and she is currently involved in the evaluation of a CVE project focused on the Australian Far-Right. Lise has worked with a diverse range of government, private sector and academic institutions and in 2014; she designed and delivered a solution-focused multidisciplinary symposium to examine core issues in the CVE policy/practioner environment. Lise has an ongoing interest in the construction and influence of identities in relation to violent extremism and social resilience.
Lise studied anthropology and international relations at University College London and the Brussels School of International Studies, Kent University and wrote on political memory, genocide and the securitization of identity. Lise worked for the UK Ministry of Defence and Home Office examining socio-cultural dimensions of defence and security. In 2010 she joined Macquarie University where she is the course convener for PICT837: Terrorism Dynamics, PICT818: Counter Terrorism, and PICT844: The Modern Intelligence Practioner.
Dr Matteo Vergani
Name: Dr Matteo Vergani
Institution: Alfred Deakin Institute
Position: Associate Research Fellow
He has two PhDs in the social sciences, one in the political psychology of terrorism (Monash University, 2016) and one in political sociology (Catholic University of Milan, 2011). He is a full-time postdoctoral researcher at Deakin University where he conducts quantitative and qualitative research on terrorism and CVE in Australia and Southeast Asia, including the impact evaluation of CVE programs. In 2016 and 2017 he attracted research grants for a total of $833,134. Dr Vergani also published a monograph and over 30 research articles, of which 13 in peer-reviewed journals with impact factor. He is Editor in Chief of a new international online journal in Italian and English language focused on terrorism (http://www.sicurezzaterrorismosocieta.it/?lang=en), and is an Associate Researcher at IMAN Research (Kuala Lumpur) and ITSTIME Research (Milan).
Dr Vergani uses innovative and rigorous quantitative research methods to study political violence, its causes, its impact on society and the impact of the initiatives that aim to prevent it. These include the use of comparison and control groups in cross-sectional and experimental research, the use of text-analysis computerized techniques and more generally statistical analyses and a variety of qualitative techniques to compliment quantitative approaches. In his doctoral research, those rigorous approaches allowed me to show that, contrary to the predictions of a widely cited theory in social psychology (Terror Management Theory), mortality salience does not increase the support for political violence among non-extremist samples. The findings of this research are now published in one of the most prestigious journals in the field of Political Science (Political Psychology), and in his monograph (published in 2018). He has found that individuals with positive attitudes towards violence tend to have narrower and less sophisticated political views, are less concerned with their professional career, and more disillusioned with life than individuals who reject violence. Moreover, he has contributed to the literature that shows that the perceived threat of terrorism can lead to an increase in anti-establishment attitudes, to the polarisation of political attitudes and to the disruption of trust between religious and ethnic communities in multicultural democracies, and ultimately to conflict intensification.
Professor Michele Grossman - AVERT Convenor
Name: Professor Michele Grossman
Institution: Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Position: Research Chair in Diversity and Community Resilience and Convenor, AVERT Research Network
Contact details: ADI-Avert@deakin.edu.au
Professor Michele Grossman is Research Chair in Diversity and Community Resilience and Convenor of the AVERT Research Network at ADI, Deakin University. Michele’s research focuses on community perspectives on and engagement with the drivers of and responses to violent extremism.
She has led or collaborated on a range of influential research studies in this area with national and international impact and scope, including her work on mapping service provision capabilities for CVE intervention and support services (Barolsky, Grossman, Cain & Dellal, 2018); community reporting thresholds for sharing information with authorities about violent extremist involvement (Grossman, 2015; Thomas, Grossman, Miah & Christmann, 2017); asset-based approaches to measuring youth resilience to violent extremism (Grossman, Ungar, Brisson, Gerrand, Hadfield & Jefferies, 2017), the role of women in both supporting and opposing violent extremism (Grossman, Carland, Tahiri & Zammit, 2017), understanding the experience of families with young people who have participated in violent extremist conflict (Gerrand & Grossman, 2017); a systematic literature and selected program review of social cohesion, community resilience and violent extremism (Grossman, Peucker, Smith & Dellal, 2016); harnessing resilience capital in culturally diverse communities to counter violent extremism (Grossman, Tahiri & Stephenson, 2014), and Australian community perspectives on radicalisation and extremism (Tahiri & Grossman, 2013). Her research publications have appeared in journals including Terrorism & Political Violence, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Behavioural Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and Journal of Policing and Counter-Terrorism, amongst others. She is currently a chief investigator on a European Commission Horizon 2020 research grant (2018-2021) on secularism, the governance of religion and radicalisation in European, Middle East/North African and Asia-Pacific contexts led by the European University Institute in Italy, and holds a Visiting Professorship (2018-2022) with the School of Education and Professional Development and the Secure Societies institute at University of Huddersfield in the UK. Many of Professor Grossman’s articles, book chapters and publicly available research reports can be found online or are available by request: Michele.firstname.lastname@example.org
Reem is also the founder and president of Muslim Collective where she has secured three government grants to engage in a range of projects include a research project on service needs for LGBTIQ+ Muslims. She managed a photography campaign and exhibition: ‘Ways to be Muslim’ that celebrates the diversity within the Muslim community and address increasingly negative stereotypes of Muslims. Reem’s research interests include: the impacts of violent extremism (and countering violent extremism) narrative on Muslims and progressive Islamic thought on social justice and human rights. Reem is a fellow of the progressive Islamic think tank the Critical Muslim Institute based in the United Kingdom.
Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh
Name: Shahram Akbarzadeh
Institution: Alfred Deakin Institute
Position: Research Professor
He has an active research interest in the politics of Central Asia, Islam, Muslims in Australia and the Middle East. He has been involved in organising a number of key conferences, including a Chatham House rule workshop on Australia’s relations with Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan (2007), sponsored by the International Centre of Excellence for Asia Pacific Studies, and a conference on the Arab Revolution with Freedom House, sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
In 2000 Professor Akbarzadeh was the Middle East Studies conference co-convener and served as the Central and West Asia Councillor for the Asian Studies Association of Australia (1999-2004). He has promoted Asian studies through contacts with industry and the academia by research and publication. He guest edited a special issue of Asian Studies Review on the Middle East (Vol.25, No.2, 2001) and a special issue of the Journal of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies on Globalization (Vol. 5, No.2, 2000).
He has published more than 40 refereed papers. Among his latest publications are a sole-authored book on Uzbekistan and the United States, a co-authored book on US Foreign Policy in the Middle East, and a co-authored book on Muslim Active Citizenship in the West.
Professor Akbarzadeh is the founding Editor of the Islamic Studies Series, published by Melbourne University Press, and a regular public commentator. He has produced key reports for the Australian Research Council (ARC) on Australian based scholarship on Islam, and also for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) on Muslim Voices and Mapping Employment and Education; and has produced a report on Islam in the Australian media. He acted as Convenor of the Islam Node for the ARC Asia Pacific Futures Research Network.
He is a member of the Editorial Board of four leading refereed journals: Global Change, Peace & Security, the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, the Journal of Asian Security & International Affairs; and an International Advisory Board member of the World Journal of Islamic History and Civilization.
Dr Vanessa Barolsky
Position: Associate Research Fellow
Institution: Deakin University
Dr Vanessa Barolsky is an Associate Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI). Her research focuses on countering violent extremism, political and criminal violence, social cohesion and reconciliation, law and justice. She has published a number of reports and peer reviewed articles as well as book chapters on these subjects and has presented her work extensively. Prior to her employment at ADI Dr Barolsky was a Research Specialist at the Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery Programme of the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa where she led more than a dozen studies. She has also worked in some of South Africa’s key democratic institutions such as the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Her PHD on the TRC analysed the discursive production of knowledge about political violence at the Commission.
She is currently an investigator on two projects on countering violent extremism. One study is a comprehensive mapping of support service for young people at risk of radicalising to violent extremism for the Countering Violent Extremism Centre in the Department of Home Affairs. The second project, also for the CVE Centre, investigates the role of communities in reintegrating the families of Australians who have left the country to participate in overseas conflicts. In 2017 she won a grant with Dr Matteo Vergani from the Research Institute on Social Cohesion (RIOSC) in the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria to conduct an evaluation of two creative interventions to build social cohesion and resilience to violent extremism among young people. Prior to this Dr Barolsky led a major international study in South Africa and Brazil on the role of social cohesion in preventing violence in developing world contexts. In 2016 she was awarded the Bellagio Academic Residency fellowship by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Award for Sabbatical Study. She completed a six-month honorary fellowship at the Centre for Global Studies, RMIT University in 2017.
Publications are available at http://independent.academia.edu/VanessaBarolsky
Dr Virginie Andre
On leave, Profile coming soon
Dr Vivian Gerrand
Institute: ADI, Deakin University
Possition: Research Fellow and Coordinator of AVERT Research Network (as of 30th June 2018)
Dr Vivian Gerrand is a Max Weber Fellow in the Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, where she also holds an Endeavour Award. Her interdisciplinary scholarship focuses on migrant displacement, belonging, mobility, image-making and representation through a comparative cultural studies lens. Vivian was awarded her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2013. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University. Her current work builds on her long term research with Somalis living in the diaspora and pursues two further areas of inquiry: re-imagined citizenship and building resilience to violent extremism.
Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed
Institute: ADI, Deakin University
Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed has performed numerous evaluations of CVE programs in Pakistan, especially of the projects supported by the US State Department, and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). During 2015-16, USIP funded Dr Ahmed’s project on ‘Peace Education in Pakistan’ that assessed the impact of nine interventions on preventing violent extremism through education (PVE-E). In 2017, he was invited to UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris for an expert meeting on PVE-E. He has ongoing collaboration with UNESCO and Hedayah on PVE-E. Since 2010, Dr Ahmed is Peace Direct’s peacebuilding expert for Pakistan and in this role he has organised several CVE project, including facilitation of a virtual dialogue of over 50 CVE experts from Pakistan. Dr Ahmed holds an MA in Peace Education from United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, and PhD in Political and International Studies from the University of New England in Australia.
Dr Julian Droogan
Institute: Macquarie University
Position: Senior lecturer, Department of Security Studies and Criminology
Julian studied anthropology, Asian history and culture and religious studies at the University of Sydney, and wrote on religious identity formation for his postgraduate research work. Since joining Macquarie Julian has been the course convener for the PICT901: International Security and PICT913: Asia Pacific Security, and is currently the Coordinator of Learning and Teaching. Julian’s research projects include an ongoing program examining and assessing Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Australia, especially at ways that academics and industry can work together to produce CVE outcomes. Julian also has an interest in the relationship between religions and international security in the Middle East and the Asia Pacific. Julian is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (JPICT), an international peer-reviewed academic journal published by Routledge.
Dr Luke Howie
Name: Dr Luke Howie
Institution: Deputy Director of the Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC)
Position: Senior Lecturer
Luke Howie is in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University and is Deputy Director of the Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC). He is also a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. His research explores behavioural and business responses to terrorism. Howie is the author of Terrorism, the Worker and the City (2017, Routledge) and Witnesses to Terror (2012, Palgrave Macmillan).