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Lise Waldek is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University. She is currently on a leave of absence to complete her PhD. Macquarie University have granted her the title of Honorary Senior Research Fellow during this time period. 

Lise's research draws from her applied professional and academic experiences in security studies. Prior to moving into academia she worked for the UK Ministry of Defence. Her research interests include countering violent extremism, online violent extremism, behavioural science and its application to terrorism and cyber security, and processes of radicalisation to violent extremism. Her research focuses on developing multi-disciplinary approaches and solutions to complex societal problems. 

Lise leads a number of funded research projects. These have included the evaluation and design of countering violent extremism (CVE) programs in Australia; partnerships with New South Wales (NSW) government to understand online violent extremism and resilience to online violent extremism; an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project Grant examining youth experiences of online violent extremism in Australia. 

Lise convenes a number of Masters courses including PICT8037: Choosing Terror: Pathways into Terrorism and PICT8018: Counter Terrorism in the Global and Australian Contexts. 

Lise is listed as specialist consultant for countering violent extremism: Commonwealth Secretariat on Countering Violent Extremism.

Funded Research Projects:

  • 2021: Right-Wing Extremism and COVID-19 in Australia. NSW Department of Communities and Justice. $149,173
  • 2021: Racially and ethically motivated violent extremism Online Research - Australian Ecosystems. RESOLVE Network US Peace Department. $46,092
  • 2021: Mass Influence Organisations Project. Department of Defence Australia. $1,329,518
  • 2020: Macquarie University Themed Research Grant. $2,665
  • 2019: After Christchurch: Mapping the Networks and Narratives of Online Right-Wing Extremism Online in Australia. NSW Department of Communities and Justice. $198,195
  • 2019: Vulnerable Youth and Potential Conflicts with the Law. Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP). $41,102
  • 2017: CAPE CVE Evaluation. All Together Now. $15,688
  • 2016: Online Violent Extremist Youth Audiences in Australia. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant. $286,400
  • 2015: Countering Violent Extremism in NSW (COMPACT program). NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. $100,000
  • 2014: Countering Violent Extremism Workshop. Mixed academic and government funding. $25,000
  • 2011: Mapping Violence in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Australian Department of Defence. $18,000


2021: Icon Agency: Generation Change Hackathon. Department of Home Affairs. $5,000 honorarium.


Bespoke Teaching Programs:

2020: Bangladesh Police Staff College and Ethical Counter Terrorism. Police Staff College, Dhaka. $180,000.

2019: Bangladesh Police Staff College Executive Program in Countering Terrorism. Police Staff College, Dhaka. $50,000

2017: Bangladesh Police and Countering Violent Extremism. Australia Awards. $210,000


Education/Academic qualification

International Relations, Masters (Merit), Brussels School of International Studies, Kent University

Award Date: 26 Mar 2003

Anthropology, Bsc. (2:1), University College London

Award Date: 31 May 2000

External positions

Executive Committee, AVERT Research Network, AVERT Research Network

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