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A/Prof. Chad Whelan



Assoc Hos (Teaching & Learning)


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Ed


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

+61 3 522 72594

Biography summary

Chad Whelan is an Associate Professor in Criminology at Deakin University, where he teaches and conducts research across many areas of criminology, as well as contributes to the Master of Leadership in the Deakin Business School. He is the Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning) and holds other academic and strategic leadership roles in this area at Deakin University, and is 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 has published widely in these areas. 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); and Organised Crime and Law Enforcement: A Network Perspective (Routledge, forthcoming; with David Bright). His work has appeared in many criminology and management journals, including Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, British Journal of CriminologyGlobal Crime, International Public Management Journal, Police Practice and Research, Police QuarterlyPolicing, Policing and SocietySecurity JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism, and Trends in Organized Crime.

Research interests

Chad Whelan conducts research in various areas, particularly 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. 

Teaching interests

Chad Whelan is the Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning) in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and has other academic and strategic leadership roles in teaching and learning at Deakin University. Chad teaches across many areas of the criminology program as well as contributes to the Master of Leadership in the Deakin Business School.

Knowledge areas

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


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.


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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


Social network analysis as a tool for criminal intelligence: understanding its potential from the perspectives of intelligence analysts

M Burcher, C Whelan

(2018), Vol. 21, pp. 278-294, Trends in organized crime, New York, N.Y., C1


Intelligence-led policing in practice: reflections from intelligence analysts

morgan Burcher, chad Whelan

(2018), pp. 1-22, Police quarterly, London, Eng., C1


The challenges facing specialist police cyber-crime units: an empirical analysis

Diarmaid Harkin, Chad Whelan, Lennon Chang

(2018), Vol. 19, pp. 519-536, Police practice and research, Abingdon, Eng., C1


On the durability of terrorist networks: revealing the hidden connections between Jihadist cells

David Bright, C Whelan, Shandon Harris-Hogan

(2018), Studies in conflict and terrorism, Abingdon, Eng., C1


On the relationship between goals, membership and network design in multiagency 'fusion' centres

David Bright, C Whelan

(2018), pp. 1-14, Policing: an international journal of police strategies & management, Bingley, Eng., C1


Securing mega-events: networks, strategies and tensions

C Whelan, Adam Molnar

(2018), London, Eng., A1


Security networks and occupational culture: understanding culture within and between organisations

C Whelan

(2017), Vol. 27, pp. 1131-135, Policing and society, London, Eng., C1


Managing dynamic security networks: towards the strategic managing of cooperation, coordination and collaboration

C Whelan

(2017), Vol. 30, pp. 310-327, Security journal, Berlin, Germany, C1-1


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


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


Taking stock of networks across the security field: a review, typology and research agenda

C Whelan, B Dupont

(2017), Vol. 27, pp. 671-687, Policing and society, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Introduction for special issue policing across organisational boundaries: developments in theory and practice

B Dupont, P Manning, C Whelan

(2017), Vol. 27, pp. 583-585, Policing and Society, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Organisational culture and cultural change: a network perspective

C Whelan

(2016), Vol. 49, pp. 583-599, Australian & New Zealand journal of criminology, Thousand Oaks, Calif., C1


Informal social networks within and between organisations: on the properties of interpersonal ties and trust

C Whelan

(2016), Vol. 39, pp. 145-158, Policing: an international journal of police strategies and management, Bingley, Eng., C1


Social network analysis and small group 'dark' networks: an analysis of the London bombers and the problem of 'fuzzy' boundaries

M Burcher, C Whelan

(2015), Vol. 16, pp. 104-122, Global crime, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Managing dynamic public sector networks : effectiveness, performance, and a methodological framework in the field of national security

C Whelan

(2015), Vol. 18, pp. 536-567, International public management journal, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Surveillance, Governance and Professional Sport

I Warren, D Palmer, C Whelan

(2014), Vol. 11, pp. 439-453, Surveillance & Society, Kingston, Ontario, C1


Surveillance, Security and Sporting Mega Events: Toward a Research Agenda on the Organisation of Security Networks

C Whelan

(2014), Vol. 11, pp. 392-404, Surveillance & Society, Kingston Ont., C1


Policing and networks in the field of counterterrorism

D Palmer, C Whelan

(2014), pp. 145-166, Examining political violence: studies of terrorism, counterterrorism, and internal war, Boca Raton, Fla., B1


Networks and national security : dynamics, effectiveness and organisation

C Whelan

(2012), Surrey, England, A1


Network dynamics and network effectiveness : a methodological framework for public sector networks in the field of national security

C Whelan

(2011), Vol. 70, pp. 275-286, Australian journal of public administration, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1


Policing in the 'communal spaces' of major event venues

D Palmer, C Whelan

(2007), Vol. 8, pp. 401-414, Police practice and research: an international journal, Abingdon, England, C1


Counter-terrorism across the policing continuum

D Palmer, C Whelan

(2006), Vol. 7, pp. 449-465, Police practice and research, Abingdon, England, C1


Responding to terrorism through networks at sites of critical infrastructure : a case study of Australian airport security networks

C Whelan, D Palmer

(2006), pp. 1-13, Social Change in the 21st Century, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, E1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Centre of Excellence on Resilient Communities and Inclusive Societies (CERCIS)

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

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

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

A/Prof Chad Whelan, Prof Michele Grossman

  • 2019: $39,682

Industry and Other Funding

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

A/Prof Chad Whelan, Dr David Bright, Prof Carlo Morselli

  • 2019: $2,921
  • 2018: $14,281
  • 2017: $8,438

Other Funding Sources

Qualitative end user evaluation, D2D CRC Federated Police Project

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

  • 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

A/Prof Chad Whelan

  • 2019: $20,000
  • 2018: $20,000
  • 2017: $30,000


Principal Supervisor

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