Dr Alex Chung is a Research Associate in University College London's Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (UCL STEaPP).  At UCL STEaPP, Alex teaches on the postgraduate DPA and MPA programmes and the undergraduate flagship How to Change the World programme.  As a member of the Digital Policy Lab (DPL) and the Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security (RISCS) at UCL STEaPP, Alex engages regularly with international communities to discuss policy issues, such as invited meetings with the Prime Minister of Canada and the Canadian Chief Science Advisor. He is the author of Chinese Criminal Entrepreneurs in Canada, Volume I (2019) and Volume II (2019), which are based on his PhD study of the Big Circle Boys.

Alex is working on an EPSRC-funded project in partnership with Coventry University titled, ‘Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice’ (ECSEPA). Co-designed with a range of stakeholders including the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the ECSEPA project seeks to understand the challenges faced by the UK policymaking community in interpreting, evaluating and understanding evidence to build cyber resilience and capacity. As part of the data collection process, a policy crisis game will be conducted in collaboration with project partners from the University of California, Berkeley.

Alex is the Coordinator for the One Belt One Road (OBOR) Digital Economy & Society programme (OBOR-DES), the Consumer Rights Beyond Boundaries programme (OBOR-CRBB), and the Annual OBOR Summit in the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford.  One of his OBOR-CRBB projects examines the legal and regulatory challenges facing the transportation sector of the sharing economy.  In collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Alex is undertaking the Best Practices of Consumer Redress project as part of OBOR-CRBB.  He is also a research member of the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS) at Wolfson College, Oxford University.  In addition to IGO- and NGO-related work, Alex has private sector experience working at Cision on EU Commission and EU Parliament outsourced projects covering the Digital Single Market strategy.

Alex holds a DPhil in Law, an MPhil in Criminology, and an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford. Apart from his work investigating Chinese criminal entrepreneur network and drug trafficking in Canada, Alex has experience examining human smuggling in the UK. He delivers lectures regularly on the topics of organised crime and mafias at universities. He has been invited to roundtable workshops organised variously by the EU Commission, EU Parliament, INTERPOL, UK Home Office, and Royal United Services Institute to discuss topics concerning crime and security.

Alex 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. 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 is a reviewer for a number of high-impact journals including the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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  • 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] (forthcoming)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Others and A Chung and others, The Justice Project: Legal Opinion on Intercept Communication (Justice UK, Oxford Pro Bono Publico 2006)
  • Others and 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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