Academic Members

Associate Professor David BrightAssociate Professor David Bright
Organisation: Centre for Crime Policy and Research, Flinders University
Key Area of Research Expertise: Organised crime; dark networks; social network analysis
Biography: Associate Professor David Bright is a Criminologist and Forensic Psychologist. He has worked in a range of clinical and forensic settings including community mental health services, police agencies, courts, and prisons. Associate Professor Bright’s research interests include organised crime and criminal networks, intelligence collection and law enforcement interventions against organised crime, offender rehabilitation and treatment, offender recidivism, and illicit drug policy.

Associate Professor Chad WhelanAssociate Professor Chad Whelan
Organisation: Deakin University
Key Area of Research Expertise: Organised crime; terrorism; cyber-crime; policing; security; networks; and network analysis
Biography: Chad Whelan is an Associate Professor in Criminology at Deakin University, where he teaches and conducts research across many areas of criminology, and a member of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. Chad Whelan conducts research across several areas, but principally focuses on applying a network perspective to complex crime/security problems and law enforcement responses to those problems. He is author of Networks and National Security: Dynamics, Effectiveness and Organisation (Routledge, 2012) and is currently contracted to publish two books: Securing Mega-Events: Strategies, Networks and Legacies (with Adam Molnar; Palgrave Macmillan); and Organised Crime and Law Enforcement: A Network Perspective (with David Bright; Routledge). His work has appeared in many criminology and management journals, including Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Global Crime, International Public Management Journal, Police Practice and Research, Policing, Policing and Society and Security Journal.

BenoitProfessor Benoît Dupont
Organisation: Université de Montréal
Key Area of Research Expertise: Cybersecurity / Cybercrime / Malicious hackers / Public-private partnerships / Security networks
Biography: Dr. Benoît Dupont is professor of criminology at the Université de Montréal, where he holds the Canada research chair in Cybersecurity. He is also one of the co-founders and Scientific Director of the Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC), one of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE). SERENE-RISC brings together government, industry, non-profits and more than twenty academic partners in order to facilitate the mobilization and uptake of evidence-based cybersecurity knowledge. From 2010 to 2015, he headed the International Centre for Comparative Criminology, the largest cluster of crime and security scholars in the country. In 2013, he joined the Council of Canadian Academies’ committee of experts chaired by Hon. Justice Stephen T. Goudge Q.C., which published its Policing Canada in the 21st Century report the following year. His own research interests focus on the governance of security and the use of networked initiatives to enhance offline and online safety, as well as the coevolution of crime and technology, and in particular the social organisation of malicious hackers, as well as the international comparison and evaluation of effective and efficient cybersecurity policies.

Dr Martin BouchardDr Martin Bouchard
Organisation: School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University
Key Area of Research Expertise: Illicit networks, drug markets, and organized crime.
Biography: Martin Bouchard is a Professor of Criminology and Director of the International Cybercrime Research Centre at Simon Fraser University. His work focuses on the organization and dynamics of illicit markets and on examining the impact of social networks in various criminal career outcomes. His interest in social interactions among criminals allowed him to work on a wide range of crimes, and data. He has published extensively on street gangs, organized crime, online illicit networks, and methodologies to estimate the size of illicit markets. Dr. Bouchard has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and 4 edited books over the last 10 years, including 2015’s Advances in Research on Illicit Networks (Routledge).

Dr Paolo CampanaDr Paolo Campana
Organisation: Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, UK
Key Area of Research Expertise: Organised Crime; Protection Rackets; Human Trafficking and Smuggling; Network Analysis Techniques.
Biography: Paolo Campana is a University Lecturer in Criminology and Complex Networks at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. Prior to moving to Cambridge, Paolo was a Research Fellow at the Extra-Legal Governance Institute, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford and a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. Paolo’s work specialises in organised crime and forms of extra-legal governance. Other areas of interest include corporate crime and fraud; trust, reputation and mechanisms of cooperation in illegal settings. Moreover, Paolo has a strong interest in the application of network analysis techniques to the study of organised forms of criminality.
He is currently working on the issue of the trafficking and smuggling of human beings into Europe, the movement and emergence of Mafia-like organisations and their impact on local communities. His recent work has appeared in the British Journal of Criminology, Theoretical Criminology, European Journal of Criminology, Rationality and Society, European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, Policing, Trends in Organised Crime, Global Crime, and Methodological Innovations, and it has been translated into Chinese, French and Italian.

Associate Professor Phill CasseyAssociate Professor Phill Cassey
Organisation: University of Adelaide
Key Area of Research Expertise: Wildlife crime and trafficking; live animal trade; biosecurity preparedness and surveillance
Biography: Associate Professor Phill Cassey is a Conservation Biologist and an expert in transnational biosecurity and wildlife trade. He is a member of the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute and has a worldwide reputation in global change biology and wildlife trade. as a trans-disciplinary quantitative scientist, he brings critical analytical techniques to the teaching and study of environmental criminology: an area characterised by complexity and uncertainty.

Tomas DiviakTomas Diviak
Organisation: University of Groningen / Charles University in Prague
Key Area of Research Expertise: Social network analysis, organized crime, statistical models for networks, analytical sociology, analytical criminology, network theory, covert networks, corruption
Biography: Tom Diviak is a PhD candidate at the University of Groningen (Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methods) and Charles University in Prague. He seeks to combine statistical models for social networks with the explanatory strategy of analytical sociology in the study of organized crime.

Dr Peter KlerksDr Peter Klerks
Organisation: Police Academy of the Netherlands
Key Area of Research Expertise: Organised crime, Intelligence analysis, criminal investigation
Biography:  Studied PolSci and Sociology, Un. of Amsterdam.
– PhD Erasmus Un. Rotterdam (2000) on ‘Groot in de hasj’: case study of an OC drug trafficking network.
– Principal lecturer in crime science & investigations, Police Academy of the Netherlands (2000 – 2010).
– Advisor to the Board of Procurators General, National Office of the Public Prosecution Service, The Hague, The Netherlands (2010 – present).
– Lecturer, Police Academy, teaching a.o. SNA and investigative strategy (2010 – present).

Dr Johan KoskinenDr Johan Koskinen
Organisation: University of Melbourne
Key Area of Research Expertise: Statistical analysis of networks; Bayesian inference; exponential random graph models; longitudinal analysis of dynamic network data; inference for partially observed network data due to missing data or sampling design
Biography: Johan Koskinen is a Senior Lecturer in Social Network Analysis at the Complex Human Data Hub in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences since March 2019 having previously worked at the Universities of Manchester, Stockholm, Melbourne and Oxford. He is also an Alan Turing Fellow. He specialises in computational methods for statistical inference such as Markov chain Monte Carlo but has long experience with working with researchers in the social and behavioural sciences in formulating formal models for testing substantively defined research questions. He has developed likelihood-based inference procedures for longitudinal social networks and cross-sectional networks that have been implemented in the award-winning R-package RSiena and the standard-alone GUI statistical software PNet. He has had a particular focus on complex, messy, and incomplete data. He is one of the authors of an introductory book on ERGM that was awarded the Harrison White book prize by the American Sociological Association.

Dr Lewis MitchellDr Mitchell Lewis
Organisation: University of Adelaide
Key Area of Research Expertise: Applied mathematical modelling; complex network science; dynamics of information transfer on social networks; data science; social network analysis
Biography: I’m a lecturer in applied mathematics at the University of Adelaide. My research interests are in computational social science, data science, and social network analysis. I obtained my PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Sydney in 2012, and did a postdoc in the Computational Story Lab within the Vermont Complex Systems Center at the University of Vermont.

Dr Jade LindleyDr Jade Lindley
Organisation: The University of Western Australia
Key Area of Research Expertise: Transnational organised crime, international law, regulation
Biography: Dr Jade Lindley is an academic at The University of
Western Australia Law School and Oceans Institute. Jade is a criminologist who specialises in transnational organised crime, international law and regulation. Jade’s research crosses several themes in these contexts, including maritime piracy, human trafficking and fraud.
She completed her PhD at The Australian National University, with visiting periods at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge and the Maritime Knowledge Centre, International Maritime Organization.
Jade is also an alumni of the United States Department of State funded International Visitors Leadership.

Dr Anna SergiDr Anna Sergi
Organisation: University of Essex
Key Area of Research Expertise: Organised crime;  mafia; mafia mobility; governancy; comparative criminal justice and law; transnational crimes
Biography: Law degree from Bologna University (Italy), LLM from King’s collage London in Criminal Law and Criminology, Phd in Sociology from Essex University.

Dr Patrycja StyesDr Patrycja Stys
Organisation: London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); Swinburne University of Technology; University of Edinburgh
Key Area of Research Expertise: Central Africa; armed groups and conflict dynamics; cyclic violent and non-violent mobilisation; networked dynamics of governance; Social Network Analysis
Biography: Patrycja Stys is a Research Officer at the Centre for Public Authority and International Development, within the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is working on networked dynamics of governance and cyclic violent and non-violent mobilisation in Central Africa.
Her previous research has focused on the politics of forced migration, conflict, peace-building, and post-conflict state and social reconstruction in the African Great Lakes Region. Pat has done extensive on-site fieldwork in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), between 2009 and 2017, where she worked in rebel-held territories, refugee transit centres and camps, demobilisation centres, and communities of return. As part of her post-doctoral work at the University of Edinburgh, she conducted a unique and innovative network link-tracing study of former and active combatants and civilians in rural eastern DRC, using participant-aided sociograms and a tablet-based survey. Her experience conducting social network analysis (SNA) in conflict-affected areas affords her skills transferable to applied mixed methods social network research in general in the social and behavioural sciences.
Pat received her DPhil in Politics and MPhil in Comparative Government (distinction) from the University of Oxford (Nuffield and St Antony’s Colleges, respectively). She is a Visiting Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne) and the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Klaus von LampeDr Klaus von Lampe
Organisation: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Key Area of Research Expertise: (transnational) organized crime, illegal markets, international law-enforcement cooperation, crime prevention
Biography:  Klaus von Lampe is Associate Professor in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College, New York. He is a graduate of the law and political science programs at Free University Berlin and holds a doctoral degree from Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Germany. He has published widely in leading international journals. He is the editor-in-chief of Trends in Organized Crime, a past president of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (IASOC), and author of ‘Organized Crime: Analyzing illegal activities, criminal structures, and extra-legal governance’ (Sage, 2016).