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Dr. Julian Droogan is a Associate Professor of Terrorism Studies at the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University where he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (Routledge).

Julian’s academic background encompasses the anthropology and history of religions. His research interests include violent extremism online, religious radicalisation, extremist narratives, and applied countering violent extremism.

Julian leads a number of funded research projects including the evaluation of countering violent extremism (CVE) programs in Australia, an ongoing partnership with the New South Wales (NSW) government looking at ways to install and evaluate counter terrorism and social resilience projects in NSW communities, and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grant project examining the relationship between online extremist materials and real-world violent extremist action. 

As well as supervising a number of PhD and Masters of Research students in the field of terrorism studies, Julian currently convenes the unit 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.

Funded Research Projects

  • 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. $18,000.
  • 2017: CT and CVE for Bangladesh Police. DFAT Australia Awards Fellowship. $235,000.
  • 2016: Understanding Online Radicalisation. 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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