Dr Alex Chung is a Research Associate in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London (UCL). He is working on an EPSRC funded project titled ‘Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice’ (ECSEPA), and teaches on the doctoral and master’s programmes in Public Administration. Co-designed with a range of partners including Coventry University, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the ECSEPA project seeks to understand the challenges faced by the UK policymaking community in interpreting, evaluating and understanding evidence about cybersecurity. The project employs a mix of methods including literature review, corpus linguistics analysis, semi-structured interviews, questionnaires, qualitative data analysis, and a policy crisis game to engage a cohort of policymakers and policy advisors. Scenario planning for the latter will be carried out in collaboration with international partners from the University of California, Berkeley.

Alex is the Coordinator for the One Belt One Road (OBOR) Digital Economy & Society programme (OBOR-DES) in the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. At Oxford, Alex has conducted risk assessment and implemented information security policy for the Law faculty to ensure compliance with the incoming EU General Data Protection Regulation. 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. In addition to NGO- and IGO-related work, Alex has private sector experience working on outsourced projects on the Digital Single Market strategy initiated by the European Commission.

In terms of serious and organised crime research, Alex has examined human smuggling in the UK and has delivered lectures on topics concerning criminal groups and mafias at a number of UK universities. He has been invited to roundtable workshops at the European Commission and the European Parliament on the topics of terrorism and security. 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 also elected a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and a Trustee of the International Association of the Study of Organized Crime.

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 two monographs with Palgrave Macmillan based on his doctoral study of the Big Circle Boys, an ethnic-Chinese criminal network predominantly involved in the North American drugs trade during the 1990s and 2000s. 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 2018) (forthcoming)
  • A Chung, The Big Circle Boys: The History, Structure, and Activities of an Ethnic-Chinese Criminal Network (under contract) (Monograph I, Volume I, Palgrave Macmillan 2018)
  • A Chung, The Big Circle Boys: The Resilience of an Ethnic-Chinese Criminal Network in the Drug Markets (under contract) (Monograph II, Volume II, Palgrave Macmillan 2018)
  • 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; human trafficking and modern slavery; forensic archaeology; forensic anthropology; crime scene investigation; cybersecurity; cybercrime; policymaking; public policy; digital economy

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