Dr Grant Wardlaw is a Senior Fellow at the Australian National University (ANU) node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security.
Grant has held senior executive positions in crime intelligence, research and policy organisations, including being National Manager, Intelligence in the Australian Federal Police (AFP), National Director Criminal Intelligence, Australian Crime Commission (ACC), Executive Director of the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence (ABCI), Director of the Commonwealth Government’s Office of Strategic Crime Assessments (OSCA) and Acting Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC).
Grant has postgraduate qualifications in psychology, international relations and international law and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He has published widely in the fields of terrorism, illicit drug policy and law enforcement intelligence and is the author of Political Terrorism: Theory, Tactics and Countermeasures (Cambridge University Press).
Changing concepts of national security; Development of intelligence capabilities in law enforcement agencies; Formation and decline of terrorist groups; Counter-terrorism policy and practice; Learning, knowledge transfer and adaptation in criminal organisations
This work analyses both the conceptual underpinnings of emerging intelligence philosophy and doctrine as well as their practical application. Areas of focus in this research include risk assessment and intelligence, the extension of intelligence practice to the area of peacekeeping/peace enforcement, the role of knowledge management in intelligence, the ethical dilemmas inherent in emerging intelligence practice and the development of intelligence capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region.
Across the Asia-Pacific region there are sites (‘crime hubs’) where transnational criminals and terrorists meet, establish trust, communicate, plan criminal events and obtain criminal services. I and a number of colleagues are interested in understanding how such hubs help to structure criminal and terrorist activities. Our project will be the first comparative, empirical study of crime hubs in East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia. It aims to locate and examine the characteristics of particular crime hubs as a new way of understanding the crime and terror networks that make use of them. We aim to identify the factors that determine the rise and fall of particular crime hubs over time. Our multi-disciplinary team will generate new insights and tools relevant to disrupting transnational crime and evaluating the allocation of Australian policing resources.