Dr Alex Chung is a Research Fellow in University College London's Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy and a RISCS Fellow in the Research Institute in Science of Cyber SecurityHe holds a DPhil in Law, MPhil in Criminology, and MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Oxford University, and has authored two books: Chinese Criminal Entrepreneurs in Canada, Volume I and Volume II.

Alex teaches on the UCL DPAMPA and MSc programmes, and is a Co-Lead on the How to Change the World programme at UCL and Dubai.  As a member of the Digital Technologies Policy Lab, he engages with international communities to discuss policy issuesincluding invited meetings with the Prime Minister of Canada and Canadian Chief Science Advisor . 

Alex works on EPSRC-funded project ‘Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice’ (ECSEPA). Co-designed with a range of stakeholders including the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and National Cyber Security Centre, the project seeks to understand the challenges faced by the UK policy community in engaging with evidence and how to better support their work in building cyber resilience and capacity. A table top ECSEPA Policy Crisis Game was used during data collection.

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

Apart from illicit drug trafficking networks research, Alex has examined UK human smuggling. 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 a member of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime Network, the Strategic Hub for Organised Crime Research, and the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society based at Wolfson College, Oxford. He is also a Trustee of the International Association of the Study of Organized Crime

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  • A Seatwo, A Chung and Y Yu, M Carr and W Tso, Interactive Display in Blended Learning (BenQ Corporation, a joint project by University College London and Oxford University, forthcoming 2020)
  • M Carr, A Chung and E Bowman, RISCS Annual Report 2019 (Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security 2020)
  • St George's House, MHCLG, RISCS, M Carr and A Chung, Consultation Report: Local Leadership in a Cyber Society 3: Building Resilience Together – Lessons for the Future (St George's House 2019)
  • A Chung, S Dawda, S Shaikh and M Carr, 'ECSEPA Map: UK Cyber Security Policy Making Interactive Map' (2019) Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security
  • D Silverstone, A Chung and J Whittle, 'Organised Crime and Corruption in China' in Allum F & Gilmore S (ed), Handbook on Organised Crime and Politics (Edward Elgar 2019)
  • A Chung, 'Organized Crime: A Very Short Introduction, by Georgios A. Antonopoulos & Georgios Papanicolaou, Oxford University Press. Book Review, Global Crime.' (2019) Francis Taylor [Review]
  • A Chung and M Carr, RISCS Report: Cyber Liability and Cyber Insurance: Analysis of the Chains of Liability Workshops (Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security 2019)
  • A Hussain, S Shaikh, A Chung and S Dawda and M Carr, 'An Evidence Quality Assessment Model for Cybersecurity Policymaking' (2018) Critical Infrastructure Protection XII, International Federation for Information Processing.
  • 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)
  • J H Xue, A Chung and Y Yu, 'Legal and Regulatory Challenges of the Sharing Economy. ' (2018) Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, Policy Brief Series.
  • M Carr, RISCS, UCL DTPL and A Chung, RISCS Annual Report 2018 (Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security 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
  • OPBP team and A Chung, The Justice Project: Legal Opinion on Intercept Communication (Justice UK, Oxford Pro Bono Publico 2006)
  • OPBP team and A Chung, 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)

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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