Dr Alex Chung is a Research Associate working on a cybersecurity project in the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University.  Concurrently, he is the Coordinator for the One Belt One Road Digital Economy Programme in the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford.

As a former Research Associate in Policing Studies at London Metropolitan University, Alex has examined human smuggling in the UK and has delivered lectures to the MSc in Criminology class on topics concerning organised crime and mafias. He has been invited to roundtable workshops at the European Commission and the European Parliament on the topics of terrorism and policy-making. He was appointed as an expert member of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime Network, and as an Affiliated Researcher of the Strategic Hub for Organised Crime Research at the Royal United Services Institute.  He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and a Trustee of the International Association of the Study of Organized Crime.  He is also a research member of the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society and the Best Practices of Consumer Redress project for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Alex holds a DPhil in Law, an MPhil in Criminology, and an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford. He is currently working on publishing a monograph on an ethnic-Chinese drug trafficking network with Palgrave Macmillan. In addition, he has an MSc in Forensic Archaeology from Bournemouth University and a BSc in Physical Anthropology from the University of Toronto.


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  • D Silverstone, J Whittle and A Chung, 'Organised Crime and Corruption in China,' in F. Allum & S. Gilmore (eds) Handbook on Organised Crime and Politics (Edward Elgar 2017) (forthcoming)
  • A Chung, The Big Circle Boys: The Resilience of an Ethnic-Chinese Criminal Network in the Drug Markets (Manuscript under review) (Palgrave Macmillan 2017) (forthcoming)
  • A Chung and others, 'Understanding Energy Use in Oxford's Private Rented Student Properties.' (Consultancy Report, Oxford City Council 2016)
  • A Chung, 'The Big Circle Boys: Revisiting the Case of the Flaming Eagles.' (2008) 9/4: 306-331 Global Crime
  • A Chung and others, The Justice Project: Legal Opinion on Intercept Communication (Justice UK, Oxford Pro Bono Publico 2006)
  • A Chung and others, The Bosnia Project: Legal Research on the Amendments to the Law on Criminal Procedure of Bosnia-Herzegovina (Judge Malik Hadziomeragic of the Supreme Court of FBIH, Oxford Pro Bono Publico 2005)


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Criminology; organised crime; mafias; triads; street gangs; criminal networks; network resilience; narcotics trafficking; drug markets; corruption; illegal immigration; human smuggling and trafficking; forensic archaeology; forensic anthropology; crime scene investigation; cybersecurity; cybercrime.

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