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June 8, 2015

Dr Chad Whelan delivers David & Cecilia Ting Occasional Forum on Justice Policy

Deakin Criminologist Dr Chad Whelan has presented the David & Cecilia Ting Occasional Forum on Justice Policy at Simon Fraser University in Canada.

Chad Whelan

Chad has been in Canada since March visiting several universities to present and undertake research on security networks and terrorism prevention. On April 16 Chad was invited to present the David & Cecilia Ting Occasional Forum on Justice Policy at Simon Fraser University. His presentation, ‘On the Properties & Organizational Challenges of Security Networks’, considered how research examining security networks can be used to improve performance and deliver better results between agencies in the security field.

Chad’s research aims to help improve the functionality of security networks. Although many agencies understand the growing necessity of working together on issues of national importance, Chad argues that they must work to better understand best practices when collaborating in order to reach shared goals more efficiently.

Chad’s research focuses on two broad categories for evaluating and understanding how security organisations function: structural properties and relational properties. Structural properties include the design, size, level of goal consensus and internal coordination for network activities. Relational properties include the many factors shaping relationships between security networks at the interpersonal and interorganizational levels, including organisational culture and trust.

To read more about Chad’s presentation, click here.

Chad’s research on security networks and organisational culture has been published in Policing and Society. Click here to access his 2015 article ‘Security networks and occupational culture: Understanding culture within and between organisations’.

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