Dr Alex Chung is an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London (UCL). At UCL, he has taught on the DPAMPA and MSc programmes, and on the How to Change the World flagship programme as a Co-Lead.

Alex holds a Doctorate in Law and MPhil and MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Oxford University. He is the author of two books: Chinese Criminal Entrepreneurs in CanadaVolume I and Volume II.

He is a member of the UK Research Institute in Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS) and has worked closely with the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) as part of the RISCS Management Team previously. As a former member of the Digital Technologies Policy Laboratory, Alex has engaged with UK and international policy communities to discuss research and policy issues. These included invited meetings with the Prime Minister of Canada and Chief Science Advisor of Canada.

Alex has worked on an EPSRC-funded project, ‘Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice’ (ECSEPA), as a UCL Research Fellow. Co-designed with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and NCSC, ECSEPA sought to explore the policy challenges in UK cybersecurity (e.g. UK cyber resilience and capacity building) and how research could better support policymakers. Throughout the study, Alex engaged widely with UK policymakers across Her Majesty's Government (Cabinet Office, Home Office, DCMS, etc.). A table top ECSEPA Policy Crisis Game was developed and conducted as part of the data collection process.

As a Research Associate of the Digital Economy & Society and Consumer Rights Beyond Boundaries programmes at Oxford University, Alex co-leads UN-Oxford projects 'Legal and regulatory challenges of the sharing economy' and 'Best Practices of Consumer Redress'. In 2020, he will be undertaking a new project looking at the legal and policy implications of applying blockchain technologies in consumer dispute resolution. In addition to IGO/NGO-related work, Alex has private-sector experience working as a UCL Consultant and on EU Commission/ Parliament outsourced projects on the Digital Single Market.

Apart from conducting research on illicit drug trafficking networks, Alex has examined human smuggling in the UK. He delivers lectures regularly on organised crime and mafias at universities. He has been invited to roundtable workshops organised by the EU Commission/ Parliament, INTERPOL, UK Home Office and Royal United Services Institute. Alex is an expert member of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime Network and Strategic Hub for Organised Crime Research. He is also a Research Associate at the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society based in Wolfson College, Oxford.

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Book (3)

Report (8)

M Carr, A Chung and E Bowman, Annual Report 2019 (Research Institute in Sociotechnical Cyber Security 2020)
M Carr, RISCS, UCL DTPL and A Chung, Annual Report 2018 (Research Institute in Sociotechnical Cyber Security 2018)
A Chung and others, 'Understanding Energy Use in Oxford's Private Rented Student Properties.' (Consultancy Report, Oxford City Council 2016)

Internet Publication (1)

Review (1)

Other (2)

Chapter (2)

A Chung, S Dawda, A Hussain and S Shaikh and M Carr, 'Cybersecurity: Policy' in Lauren R. Shapiro and Marie-Helen Maras (eds), Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management (Springer Nature 2018)

Journal Article (1)

Research programmes

Research Interests

Criminology; organised crime; mafias; triads; street gangs; criminal networks; network resilience; narcotics trafficking; drug markets; corruption; illegal immigration; human smuggling; human trafficking and modern slavery; forensic archaeology; forensic anthropology; crime scene investigation; cyber policy; cybersecurity; cybercrime; policymaking; public policy; digital economy

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