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Prof Chad Whelan

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Position

Professor, Criminology

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Hum & Social Science

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

chad.whelan@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 72594

Biography

Chad Whelan is a Professor of Criminology and Deputy Director, Centre for Cyber Resilience and Trust, Deakin University. He principally conducts research in cybercrime, organised crime, and security. Much of his research involves applying network perspectives to these and other problems. He has received numerous research grants worth over $5m on these and related problems and has over 50 research publications.

He is author of Networks and National Security: Dynamics, Effectiveness and Organisation (Routledge, 2012); Securing Mega-Events: Networks, Strategies and Tensions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018; with Adam Molnar); Policing Across Organisational Boundaries: Developments in Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2019, with Benoît Dupont and Peter Manning); and Organised Crime and Law Enforcement: A Network Perspective (Routledge, 2021; with David Bright). His work has appeared in many criminology and management journals, including British Journal of Criminology; Crime, Law and Social Change; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Global Crime; International Journal of Police Science and Management; International Public Management Journal; Journal of Criminology; Police Practice and Research; Police Quarterly; Policing; Policing and Society; Security Journal; State Crime Journal; Studies in Conflict and Terrorism; Surveillance and Society; Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice; and Trends in Organized Crime.

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Research interests

Chad Whelan conducts research in various areas, particularly on organised crime, cybercrime and security, and multi-agency responses to such problems across organisational boundaries and professional disciplines. 

Teaching interests

Chad Whelan teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate criminology program.

Knowledge areas

Chad Whelan has expertise in areas such as: organised crime; cybercrime; policing; security; networks; and network analysis.

Awards

Senior Fellow, Advance HE (previously Higher Education Academy), United Kingdom), 2019.

Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, 2014.

Deakin University Excellence in Teaching - Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teacher of the Year, 2013.

Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, 2009.

Publications

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Using network science analytics for identifying, anticipating, and disrupting covert threats

Prof Chad Whelan, Prof David Bright, Prof Matthew Roughan, Prof Lewis Mitchell

Office of National Intelligence National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grant (NISDRG)

  • 2024: $86,500
  • 2023: $86,500

Analysing and disrupting outlaw motorcycle gangs in Australia

Prof David Bright, Prof Chad Whelan

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2024: $6,020

Other Public Sector Funding

Understanding the structure and composition of co-offending networks in Australia

Prof Chad Whelan, Dr David Bright, Prof Carlo Morselli

Australian Institute of Criminology - Criminology Research Grants

  • 2019: $5,843
  • 2018: $14,281
  • 2017: $8,438

Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS)

Prof Michele Grossman AM, Prof Fethi Mansouri, Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Prof Anita Harris, Dr Vanessa Barolsky, Dr Amanuel Elias, Prof Greg Barton, A/Prof Anna Halafoff, Dr Vivian Gerrand, Prof Amanda Keddie, Prof Yin Paradies, A/Prof Matteo Vergani, Dr Jessica Walton, Prof Chad Whelan, Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc, Dr Philippa Collin, Dr Hass Dellal, Dr Nida Denson, Prof Kevin Dunn, Dr Liam Magee, Dr Liam McGarty, A/Prof Amanda Third, Dr Michael Ungar, Dr Sherene Idriss

Department of Premier and Cabinet Vic

  • 2019: $1,824,753
  • 2018: $1,065,362

Evaluation of Victoria Police Cultural and Community Diversity Educational Strategy (working title).

Prof Chad Whelan, Prof Michele Grossman AM

The State of Victoria (through Victoria Police)

  • 2019: $39,682

Pathways to radicalisation: Using social network analysis to detect harmful and protective in fluences within social networks.

Prof Chad Whelan, Johan koskinen, Dr David Bright

Department of Justice & Community Safety - Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Research Grant

  • 2020: $2,727
  • 2019: $17,571

Revealing the hidden networks of criminal groups conducting and facilitating ransomware attacks.

Prof Chad Whelan, Prof David Bright, Dr James Martin

Australian Institute of Criminology

  • 2023: $13,941
  • 2022: $34,854

Cyber Harm Prevention

Prof Robin Ram Mohan Doss, Dr Jay Jeong, Prof Chad Whelan, Prof Judy Currey, A/Prof William Yeoh, Prof Gang Li, Dr Adnan Anwar, Dr Paul Cooper, Mr Damien Manuel

VIC Managed Insurance Authority

  • 2023: $175,280
  • 2022: $50,763

Industry and Other Funding

Policing financially motivated cybercrime: Current and emerging challenges.

Prof Chad Whelan, Dr Diarmaid Harkin, Dr James Martin

University of Montreal

  • 2023: $28,881

Other Funding Sources

Qualitative end user evaluation, D2D CRC Federated Police Project

Prof Rens Scheepers, Prof Chad Whelan, Prof Ingrid Nielsen, Prof Louis De Koker

Data to Decisions CRC

  • 2017: $40,056
  • 2016: $40,056

Improving strategic direction and implementation of Big Data (technologies and analytics) in Australian National Security Agencies: A new framework to inform decision makers

Prof Chad Whelan, Ms Miah Hammond-Errey

Data to Decisions CRC

  • 2020: $7,500
  • 2019: $30,000
  • 2018: $20,000
  • 2017: $30,000

Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS)

Prof Michele Grossman AM, Prof Fethi Mansouri, Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Prof Anita Harris, Dr Vanessa Barolsky, Dr Amanuel Elias, Prof Greg Barton, A/Prof Anna Halafoff, Dr Vivian Gerrand, Prof Amanda Keddie, Prof Yin Paradies, A/Prof Matteo Vergani, Dr Jessica Walton, Prof Chad Whelan, Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc, Dr Philippa Collin, Dr Hass Dellal, Dr Nida Denson, Prof Kevin Dunn, Dr Liam Magee, Dr Liam McGarty, A/Prof Amanda Third, Dr Michael Ungar, Dr Sherene Idriss

Victoria University, Western Sydney University

  • 2023: $152,089
  • 2022: $152,089
  • 2020: $163,325
  • 2019: $112,204

Examining opportunities and constraints of civilianisation for enhancing law enforcement cyber capability in Australia.

Prof Chad Whelan, Dr Diarmaid Harkin, Dr James Martin

Cyber Security Research Centre Limited

  • 2023: $94,947

Examining the intersections between cybercrime and organised crime

Prof Chad Whelan, Prof David Bright, Dr James Martin

CYBER SECURITY RESEARCH CENTRE

  • 2023: $19,000

Analysing the structure and dynamics of ransomware criminal groups

Prof Chad Whelan, Dr James Martin, Prof David Bright

CYBER SECURITY RESEARCH CENTRE

  • 2023: $19,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2022

Miah Hammond-Errey

Thesis entitled: Big Data and National Security: Impacts for Intelligence

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

2018

Owen Ormerod

Thesis entitled: Advancing the epistemology of intelligence analysis: A Polanyian perspective

Master of Arts, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Morgan Richard Burcher

Thesis entitled: Social Network Analysis as an Investigative Tool for Crime Intelligence

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences