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Tim Legrand

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Tim received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Birmingham in 2008. He joined the ANU in February 2012, and the National Security College in May 2014. Prior to joining the National Security College, he was a Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security at Griffith University (2010-12) and the ANU (2012-). He has also held visiting research fellowships at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), Johns Hopkins University and The University of Stockholm.

In Australia, he regularly presents his research on the governance of security (aviation, maritime and critical infrastructure protection) to the Commonwealth and State governments and he has provided public submissions to the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor and the Queensland Parliament on counter-terrorism and security legislation.

Through the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (Uni. of Canberra), he has also delivered advanced training in Public Policy, Public Administration and Public Sector Management to Commonwealth and ACT government officials. In the United Kingdom, Tim has worked as a policy consultant for the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Health and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Dr Legrand is Treasurer of the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA), co-convneor of the APSA Policy Studies Research Group, and holds adjunct positions as Associate Professor at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra and Research Fellow at Griffith University.

Research Profile

Dr Legrand’s interdisciplinary research concerns the structures, agents and processes of international relations and public administration. His work draws on, and contributes to political science, law, international relations, security studies and public policy around several research streams:

  • The governance of national security
  • International policy transfer
  • Evidence-based policy-making
  • Transgovernmental policy networks
  • Emergency policy and crisis management.

These research interests are coalesced by a common emphasis on the emergence of transnational challenges to the state. Specifically, this work explores the the question of how public policy officials understand and manage the dynamics of cross-border governance dilemmas induced by growing interdependence on the one hand, and internationalising threats on the other.

His research has been published in leading international journals, including Public Administration, Political Studies, Review of International Studies, Security Dialogue, Policy Studies, British Politics, European Political Science, the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis and the Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. He is the co-editor (with Professor Allan McConnell) of Emergency Policy (Ashgate, 2012); the co-author (with Saskia Hufnagel) of Extreme Events: Legal and Policy Challenges in Managing Crises (Ashgate, forthcoming) and has contributed a number of chapters to edited collections.


PhD supervision (primary)

  • Yasmin Hassen: ‘The Aid and Terrorism Nexus: Somalia as a Case Study’

  • Sylvia Laksmi: ‘The impact of Indonesian Counter-terrorist financing policy on the social network of terrorist financing’

  • Michael Maloney : “Transnational people smuggling and Australian Border Protection’

  • Jamie Storrie: “A study of organisation and leadership for the management of extreme events”

  • Ben Zweibelson: “Comprehensive Understanding: Applying Sociology and Organizational Theory to Military Studies and Sensemaking- a Critique of Anglo-Saxon Militaries and Foreign Policy Approaches”

PhD supervision (as supervisory panel member)

  • Teneille Elliott (Completion 2017): “Developing an evidence-based evaluation framework to assess the effectiveness of Australia’s counter-terrorism policies and programs”

  • Andrea Soriano (Completion 2017): “Australia’s strategic relations with Portuguese Timor: a historical analysis of their interactions during the Second World War period.”

  • James Mortensen: (Full-time: Completion 2018): ‘The Securitization of Religion: its Value and Validity’

MPhil Supervision

  • Lisa Buffinton: Revealing industry consultants’ “scientific” critiques concerning alcohol harm research in regulatory proceedings.

Research interests

  • Transgovernmental policy networks of the Anglosphere
  • The proscription of terrorist organisations in Australia and the UK
  • Cyber-terrorism and Cyber-security
  • Measuring the effectiveness of counter-terrorism instruments
  • Global systems of crisis management and emergency policy
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