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Dr. Julian Droogan is in Associate Professor of Terrorism Studies and Director of Research and Innovation at the Department of Security Studies and Criminologyty. He is also the Editor of the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (Routledge). Julian has worked on research project for the Australian and US Departments of Defence, and as chief investigator on numerous funded category one and two research grants. Topics include examinations of extremist narratives; investigating how young people engage with violent extremist content; mapping online right-wing extremism and conspiratorial narratives across multiple social media platforms; and evaluating countering violent extremism programs. He was instrumental the creation of the COMPACT countering violent extremism program currently operated by the NSW state government and aimed at fostering societal resilience to extremist narratives.

Julian’s academic background encompasses the material culture and history of religions. His research interests include violent extremism online, religious radicalisation, extremist narratives, and the link between extremist communities and online information operations. 

As well as supervising PhD and Masters of Research students in the field of terrorism studies, Julian convenes the courses PICT2015:Terrorism in the 21st Century as part of the Bachelor of Security Studies, and PICT8020: Advanced Terrorism Studies as part of the Masters in Counter Terrorism. He maintains several international agreements and partnerships with academic and practitioner CT and CVE organisations in Europe, the Middle East, and in South Asia.

Funded Research Projects

  • 2023: Online Information Operations. $500,000. 
  • 2021: Right-Wing Extremism and Covid-19 in Australia. NSW Department of Communities and Justice. $150,000. 
  • 2021: Racially and ethnically motivated violent extremist Online Research – Australian Ecosystems. RESOLVE Network. $50,000. 
  • 2021: Mass influence operations. 
  • 2019: After Christchurch: Mapping the Networks and Narratives of Online Right-Wing Violent Extremism Online. NSW Department of Communities and Justice. $200,000.
  • 2017: Evaluating CVE. All Together Now. 
  • 2017: CT and CVE for Bangladesh Police. DFAT Australia Awards Fellowship. $235,000.
  • 2016: Understanding Youth Exposure to Online Extremist Materials. Australian Research Council. $285,000.
  • 2015: Countering Violent Extremism in NSW. NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. $100,000.
  • 2014: Countering Violent Extremism Workshop. $25,000.
  • 2011: Mapping Violence in Honiara. Australian Department of Defence. $18,000.

Education/Academic qualification

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education , Macquarie University

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney

Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Sydney


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