Professor Adrian Cherney


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


Dr Adrian Cherney is a 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.

Professor 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.

More recent research outcomes and findings on violent extremism in particular have led to improvements in policies and interventions. Examples include:

  • Outcomes from his ARC Future Fellowship (FF) has led to the development of metrics and tools to evaluate CVE interventions.
  • The Queensland police and NSW intervention programs targeting radicalised individuals, have adopted evaluation metrics and case note structures that Prof Cherney designed and implemented recommended changes to processes to better monitor client progress. QLD police modified internal computer/data systems and risk assessment tools to incorporate different outcome measures and case note information he recommended as a result of evaluating their case managed CVE intervention.
  • Since 2019 Dr Cherney has been involved in an international collaboration providing input on practitioner guidelines to the Canadian Practitioners Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV) supported by the UNESCO Chair for the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism (UNESCO-PREV).
  • Research completed on indicators for evaluating programs to counter violent extremism (funded by Home Affairs) led to the development of two guideline documents that have been transformed into on-line tools by the NSW government for practitioners and policy-makers.
  • He undertook one of the first evaluations of the PRISM intervention targeting convicted terrorist in NSW.
  • He has provided numerous research briefings on counterterrorism and radicalisation to a range of agencies and community groups, which include: QLD, Victoria and NSW police counter-terrorism units and CVE intervention units; the Australian Federal Police; ASIO, DFAT, Commonwealth Attorney General’s Dept and Dept of Home Affairs, Corrective Services NSW and QLD Corrective Services, QLD Countering Violent Extremism Government Working Group, the Victorian Islamic Council, and the Queensland Council of Imams. International agencies I have provided research briefings to include the United Nations Development Program, U.S. Aid, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. State Department.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne
  • Masters (Coursework), University of Melbourne
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced), University of Melbourne


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Book Chapter

  • Cherney, Adrian (2020). Prison radicalisation and deradicalisation in Australia. Counterterrorism yearbook 2020. (pp. 23-28) edited by Isaac Kfir and John Coyne. Barton, ACT, Australia: Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

  • Murphy, Kristina and Cherney, Adrian (2018). Policing marginalized groups in a diverse society: using procedural justice to promote group belongingness and trust in police. Police-citizen relations across the world: comparing sources and contexts of trust and legitimacy. (pp. 153-174) edited by Dietrich Oberwittler and Sebastian Roché. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315406664

  • Cherney, Lorraine and Cherney, Adrian (2018). Regulation beyond the state: the role of non-state actors. Criminal justice and regulation revisited: essays in honour of Peter Grabosky. (pp. 19-32) edited by Lennon Y.C. Chang and Russell Brewer. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315174044-2

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

  • Fitzgerald, Robin and Cherney, Adrian (2016). Work and training in prison as a form of imagined desistance. Experiencing imprisonment: research on the experience of living and working in carceral institutions. (pp. 248-262) edited by Carla Reeves. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315764177

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

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

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

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

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