About

I am an academic researcher on terrorism and security, currently employed as a Research Fellow in Victoria University’s Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities (ISILC).

I am also completing a PhD in Politics and International Relations at Monash University. I am on the editorial board of the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism and contribute to the Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism (AVERT) Research Network at Deakin University.

For over ten years I have worked on a range of research projects at Victoria University and Monash University, sometimes partnered with government agencies and departments (listed below). I currently participate in the Applied Security Science Partnership (ASSP), which involves Victoria University, Victoria Police, the Department of Justice and Community Safety Victoria, and Defence Science and Technology (DST). I also worked for eight years as an editor for Analysis and Policy Observatory (APO) at Swinburne University.

My PhD sits within the Social and Political Sciences graduate research program at Monash University’s School of Social Sciences. The PhD provides a new empirically-informed theoretical approach to understanding roles and agency in transnational support for armed movements, contributing to the fields of terrorism studies and civil war studies and the broader discipline of political science.

Much of my research has been within the field of terrorism studies, focusing primarily on jihadism in Australia as well as far-right violent extremism. A core focus of this research has been on understanding mechanisms of mobilisation, foreign fighter flows, network dynamics, social influence,  variations between national contexts, and understanding counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism efforts. I am currently co-authoring a book (with Debra Smith at Victoria University) on the history of terrorism and counter-terrorism in Australia.

My research and commentary also contributes to public discussions about national security. This includes debates over counter-terrorism, security legislation, intelligence services, military actions, human rights, and the relationship between national security efforts and academia. These contributions include publications, media appearances, and a podcast (co-hosted with Kate Grealy at the Australian National University) called Sub Rosa.

This is my personal blog for sharing thoughts about security, terrorism, human rights, and other issues, focusing on Australia.

Why is it called The Murphy Raid? See here.

I can be found online at:

Or contact me by email:

  • contact [at] andrewzammit [dot] org

Selected research projects I’ve been employed on:

  • Known Entity Management Model (KEM) Validation Stage 1. Project conducted at Victoria University’s Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities (ISILC). The project was partnered with Victoria Police as part of the Applied Security Science Partnership (ASSP). 2021.
  • Destroying the world to save it: Why security studies needs to engage with the planetary health agenda. Project conducted at Victoria University’s Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities (ISILC). The project was funded by an internal grant from Victoria University and received in-kind support from Defence Science and Technology as part of the Applied Security Science Partnership (ASSP). 2020-2021.
  • Revisiting Risk: An Assessment of How Terrorism Subjects Make the Transition to Violence. Project conducted at Victoria University’s Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities (ISILC). The project was partnered with Victoria Police as part of the Applied Security Science Partnership (ASSP). 2020.
  • From Passive Observer to Active Participant: Identifying Transitions to Violent Extremism Activity. The project was conducted at Victoria University’s Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities (ISILC), partnered with Victoria Police and the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Research Institute on Social Cohesion (RIOSC). May 2018 – May 2019.
  • The roles of women in supporting and opposing violent extremism: understanding gender and terrorism in contemporary Australia. The project was conducted at Victoria University’s Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing (CCDW), and funded by the Australian Government. 2016-2017. The final report was published by Deakin University.
  • Stocktake Research Project, commissioned by the Social Cohesion and Community Resilience Ministerial Taskforce, Department of Premier and Cabinet Victoria. The project was conducted at Victoria University’s Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing (CCDW), partnered with the Australian Multicultural Foundation. 2015-2016. See the final report here.
  • Radicalisation, Counter-Radicalisation and De-Radicalisation: Developing a New Understanding of Terrorism in the Australian Context, Australian Research Council Linkage Project LP0990577. The project was conducted by Monash University’s Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC), partnered with Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police, the Department of Premier and Cabinet Victoria and Corrections Victoria. 2010-2013.

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