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Dr Adam Molnar



Lecturer In Criminology


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 43793


Adam Molnar's work focuses on policing and national security as they relate to practices of surveillance, the use of technology, and associated issues of privacy and social control.

Adam completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen's University, and attained his PhD in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria. Currently, he is a member of Deakin's Alfred Deakin Research Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) and is Vice-Chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation (APF). 

Adam's research examines how technology-led surveillance strategies are used as a response to crime and terrorism, and assesses the implications for law, privacy, and social control. 

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Knowledge areas

surveillance; policing; security intelligence; lawful access; privacy; technology; social control; data protection; theories of surveillance


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Securing the Brisbane 2014 G20 in the wake of the Toronto 2010 G20: 'failure-inspired' learning in public order policing

A Molnar, C Whelan, P Boyle

(2019), Vol. 59, pp. 107-125, British journal of criminology, Oxford, Eng., C1


The commodification of mobile phone surveillance: an analysis of the consumer spyware industry

D Harkin, Adam Molnar, Erica Vowles

(2019), pp. 1-28, Crime, media, culture: an international journal, London, Eng., C1


Settler governance and privacy: Canada's Indian residential school settlement agreement and the mediation of state-based violence

L Fullenwieder, A Molnar

(2018), Vol. 12, International journal of communication, Los Angeles, Calif., C1


Government surveillance accountability: the failures of contemporary Canadian interception reports

C Parsons, A Molnar

(2018), Vol. 16, pp. 143-169, Canadian journal of law and technology, Toronto, Ont., C1


Securing mega-events: networks, strategies and tensions

C Whelan, Adam Molnar

(2018), London, Eng., A1


Policing political mega-events through 'hard' and 'soft' tactics: reflections on local and organisational tensions in public order policing

C Whelan, A Molnar

(2017), Vol. 29, pp. 85-99, Policing and society, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Computer network operations and 'rule-with-law' in Australia

A Molnar, C Parsons, E Zouave

(2017), Vol. 6, pp. 1-14, Internet policy review, Berlin, Germany, C1


Managing flows during mega-events: taking account of internal and external flows in public order policing operations

C Whelan, A Molnar

(2017), Vol. 18, pp. 176-197, Global crime, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Technology, law, and the formation of (il)liberal democracy?

A Molnar

(2017), Vol. 15, pp. 318-388, Surveillance and society, Newcastle upon Tyne, Eng., C1


Radicalisation theories, policing practices, and "the future of terrorism?"

J Monaghan, A Molnar

(2016), Vol. 9, pp. 393-413, Critical studies on terrorism, London, Eng., C1


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and law enforcement in Australia and Canada: governance through 'privacy' in an era of counter-law?

A Molnar, C Parsons

(2016), pp. 225-247, National security, surveillance and terror. Canada and Australia in comparative perspective, Berlin, Germany, B1


The promise and perils of integrated models of public safety in Canada

V Kitchen, A Molnar

(2015), pp. 175-195, Social networks, terrorism and counter-terrorism : radical and connected, London, Eng., B1


Privacy, surveillance, and the democratic potential of the social web

C Parsons, C Bennett, A Molnar

(2015), pp. 202-222, Social dimensions of privacy : interdisciplinary perspectives, Cambridge, Eng., B1


The geo-historical legacies of urban security governance and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics

A Molnar

(2015), Vol. 181, pp. 235-241, Geographical journal, London, Eng., C1-1


The geo-historical legacies of urban security governance and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Adam Molnar

(2014), pp. 1-7, Geographical Journal, West Sussex, U. K., C1-1


Real and substantial connections : Enforcing Canadian privacy laws against American social networking companies

Adam Molnar, Colin Bennett, Christopher Parsons

(2014), Vol. 23, pp. 50-74, Journal of Law, Information and Science, Australia, C1-1


Forgetting, non-forgetting and quasi-forgetting in social networking

Colin Bennett, Christopher Parsons, Adam Molnar

(2014), pp. 41-59, Reloading data protection : multidisciplinary insights and contemporary challenges, Berlin, Germany, B1-1


The 'great unwatched' and the 'lightly touched': surveillance and stock market fraud

L Snider, A Molnar

(2013), pp. 122-138, Surveillance-industrial complex, London, Eng., B1-1


Mega-events and mega-profits: Unravelling the Vancouver 2010 security-development nexus

A Molnar, L Snider

(2011), pp. 150-168, Security games, London, Eng., B1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Considering Education and Training in National Security and Counter-Terrorism in Canada and Australia

Dr Veronica Kitchen, Dr Adam Molnar

  • 2017: $31,990

Risks, Impacts, and Accountability in the Consumer Spyware Industry

Dr Adam Molnar, Dr Diarmaid Harkin

  • 2019: $36,436
  • 2017: $12,146

Understanding and Responding to the Privacy and Safety Risks of Stalkerware.

Dr Adam Molnar

  • 2019: $6,370


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