Associate Professor Adrian Cherney

Associate Professor

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56663


Dr Adrian Cherney is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland. He is also an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow. He has completed evaluations of programs aimed at countering violent extremism and is undertaking research on the supervision of terrorist offenders who have been released into the community on parole. His ARC Future Fellowship is exploring community-based efforts to prevent terrorism. He has secured both national and international competitive grants from the Australian Research Council, US Air Force and the Australian Institute of Criminology.

Research Interests

  • ARC Future Fellowship project
    This project aims to investigate the development, implementation and impact of policies and programs aimed at preventing terrorism through community-based approaches. This project expects to generate new knowledge about counter-terrorism policing and the prevention of violent extremism by examining policies adopted in Australia and abroad. Expected outcomes of this project include identifying models of best practice and ascertaining how community partnerships against terrorism can be improved. This should provide significant benefits, such as helping police, government agencies, community groups and local service providers design, implement and evaluate strategies aimed at the prevention of terrorism and violent extremism.
  • Counter-terrorism policing
    This program of research focuses on community cooperation in counter-terrorism and engagement of Muslim communities in counter-terrorism efforts.
  • terrorism and violent extremism
    This program of research is examining government and local efforts to counter violent extremism. This includes research examining the design and implementation of CVE programs and a collaborative project with NSW Corrective Services investigating mechanisms to support inmates existing custody and/or completing a community based after the completion of a sentence for terrorism or demonstrating extremist views.
  • Evidence-based policing
    This research program examines the uptake and receptiveness of evidence-based policing by police agencies in Australia.

Research Impacts

Research uptake, translation and policy impact: I am frequently sought out to provide expertise to federal and state government policy units and police agencies in Australia. For example I have provided advice on crime prevention policy design and implementation to the NSW Crime Prevention Unit, Queensland Police Service, Victoria Police, Queensland Department of Communities, the Northern Territory Department of Justice, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. In 2007 I acted as an external adviser for a government review of the Queensland Strategic Framework for Community Safety and was an external member of the Queensland Department of Communities Community Safety and Crime Prevention Grants panel. In 2014 I briefed the Queensland Parole Board on issues relating to prisoner re-entry, employment outcomes among parolees and the impact of vocational training on parole violations. Findings from this research prompted Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) to review Job Service Providers contracted to assist parolees to find work. Research on violent offenders in Queensland was used to inform program review processes in the QCS Offender Rehabilitation and Management unit.

My research expertise leads me to be involved in high impact policy engagement. For example I have briefed members of the Queensland Police Counterterrorism Policy Branch, the Australian Federal Police, the Queensland Countering Violent Extremism Government Working Group, the Victorian Islamic Council, the Queensland Council of Imams and the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamm’ah Association of Australia (local Muslim service provider in NSW) on research relating to Muslim community attitudes towards counterterrorism (ARC DP130100392). I am a member of the Queensland Police Muslim Community Reference group. In 2015 I was invited by the Australian Federal Police to participate in a policy roundtable discussion on the future directions of the AFP. In December 2015 I was part of an exclusive team of UQ researchers who participated in a Queensland Police Executive Leadership workshop on evidence-based policing. This workshop involved the Police Commissioner and all Deputy Assistant Commissioners across Queensland. In 2016 I was invited to attend an academic round table hosted by the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department on countering violent extremism (CVE) which has led to on-going collaborations with the Attorney General’s Department. In 2016 I was also invited by the NSW Department of Corrections to participate on a prisoner radicalisation panel at the University of Sydney. In 2016 I was appointed by the Premier of Queensland to the government’s Social Cohesion Implementation Committee. This is a 3 year appointment and I am the only academic member of the Committee, which has been allocated $5 million to implement and evaluate a Social Cohesion Strategy for Queensland.


  • Diploma in Arts (Criminology), University of Melbourne
  • Master of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Arts, University of Melbourne


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Book Chapter

  • Cherney, Adrian (2017). Crime prevention and reduction. In Darren Palmer, Willem De Lint and Derek Dalton (Ed.), Crime and Justice: A Guide to Criminology 5th ed. (pp. 445-464) Pyrmont, NSW, Australia: Thomson Reuters (Professional).

  • Murphy, Kristina and Cherney, Adrian (2017). Policing marginalized groups in a diverse society Using procedural justice to promote group belongingness and trust in police. In Dietrich Oberwittler and Sebastian Roché (Ed.), Police-Citizen Relations Across the World: Comparing sources and contexts of trust and legitimacy (pp. 153-174) United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Fitzgerald, Robin and Cherney, Adrian (2016). Work and training in prison as a form of imagined desistance. In Carla Reeves (Ed.), Experiencing imprisonment: research on the experience of living and working in carceral institutions (pp. 248-262) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Cherney, Adrian and Sutton, Adam (2012). Crime prevention and reduction. In Marinella Marmo, Willem de Lint and Darren Palmer (Ed.), Crime and justice: a guide to criminology 4th ed. (pp. 527-546) Pyrmont, N.S.W., Australia: Thomson Reuters.

  • Cherney, Adrian (2009). Crime prevention. In Alison Wakefield and Jenny Fleming (Ed.), The sage of dictionary of policing (pp. 62-64) U.K.: SAGE Publications.

  • Cherney, A. and Chui, W. H. (2009). Policing Ethnically and Culturally Diverse Communities. In Anne Mulvaney (Ed.), Policing in Context First ed. (pp. 160-173) South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press.

  • Cherney, Adrian and Sutton, Adam (2006). Crime prevention and reduction. In A. Goldsmith, M. Israel and K. Daly (Ed.), Crime and justice : a guide to criminology 3 ed. (pp. 373-393) Sydney, Australia: Lawbook Co.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision