Associate Professor Adrian Cherney

ARC Future Fellow

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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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

  • Profiles of individuals who have radicalised in Australia
    This research aims to improve understanding relating to the socio-demographic backgrounds and risk factors associated with individuals who have been convicted of terrorism or identified as having radicalised to violent extremism. It is drawing on primary and secondary data sources to develop a unique data set of Australian individuals.
  • Cyber crime and cyber security
    This research program includes projects on identity theft in the dark web and is collaborating with academics and industry partners looking at policing interventions in the dark web. This includes an ARC Linkage grant on dark net interventions.
  • ARC Future Fellowship project
    This project aims to investigate the development, implementation and impact of policies and programs aimed at countering violent extremism (CVE). This project expects to generate new knowledge on CVE interventions by evaluating policies adopted in Australia and abroad. The project includes collaborations with QLD police, NSW police, Victoria police and NSW Corrective Services. Expected outcomes of this project include identifying models of best practice. 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.
  • Evaluation of the PRISM intervention in NSW
    This research is examining the impact of the PRISM program implemented by Corrective Services NSW that targets inmates who have been sentenced for terrorism or identified as at risk of radicalisation. The research includes a longitudinal evaluation of PRISM.

Research Impacts

Research uptake, translation and policy impact: Adrian Cherney has a track record in undertaking policy relevant research in the field of criminology. He has undertaken evaluations of crime prevention programs for state and local government. He is frequently sought out to provide expertise to federal and state government policy units and police agencies in Australia. For example he has provided advice on crime prevention policy design and evaluation 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.

Assoc/Prof Cherney's research expertise leads him to be involved in high impact policy engagement. For example he has 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 on research relating to Muslim community attitudes towards counterterrorism (funded through an ARC Discovery project - see CV). In 2015 he was invited by the Australian Federal Police to participate in a policy roundtable discussion on the future directions of the AFP. In December 2015 he was part of a 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 he was invited to attend an academic round table hosted by the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department on countering violent extremism (CVE) and was also invited by the NSW Department of Corrections to participate on a prisoner radicalisation panel at the University of Sydney. This latter engagement has led to Assoc/Prof Cherney undertaking research with NSW Corrective Services on the release and supervision of individuals charged for terrorist offences and who have exhibited extremist views. In 2016 Assoc/Prof Cherney was appointed by the Premier of Queensland to the government’s Social Cohesion Implementation Committee.

Assoc/Prof Cherney has a strong track record in working with a range of stakeholders which include working successfully in partnership with the QLD Police Service, Victoria Police, NSW Police, WA Police, the Australian Federal Police, QLD and NSW Corrective Services, Ozcare, IDcare, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Office of Navel Research, QLD Department of Communities. Examples include:

  • Projects with QLD Corrective Services examining employment success and failure among parolees in Queensland and rates of violent reoffending among released offenders.
  • Research with Queensland and W.A. police examining the use of research evidence in police decision-making. Successfully funded through the Australian Institute of Criminology.
  • Collaborating with the Australian Federal Police to examine Muslim community engagement around counter-terrorism.
  • Working with Corrective Services NSW on the release and reintegration of offenders charged for terrorist offences and who have exhibited extremist views.
  • Undertakening an evaluation of the NSW Proactive Integrated Support Model (PRISM) an early intervention project for inmates who are identified as at-risk of violent extremism.
  • Completing research for the Commonwealth Attorney Generals Department on indicators for CVE evaluation.


  • 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

  • Murphy, Kristina and Cherney, Adrian (2018). 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) Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Cherney, Lorraine and Cherney, Adrian (2018). Regulation beyond the state: the role of non-state actors. In Lennon Y. C. Chang and Russell Brewer (Ed.), Criminal justice and regulation revisited: essays in honour of Peter Grabosky (pp. 19-32) Milton Park, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • 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).

  • 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. doi:10.4324/9781315764177

  • Mazerolle, Lorraine, Sargeant, Elise, Cherney, Adrian, Bennett, Sarah, Murphy, Kristina, Antrobus, Emma and Martin, Peter (2014). Why police should care about procedural justice and legitimacy. In Procedural justice and legitimacy in policing (pp. 1-11) Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-04543-6_1

  • 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.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision