UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy

Alex Chung 2018

Dr Alex Chung

Research Associate


Dr Alex Chung is a Research Associate in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (UCL STEaPP) at University College London.  Alex teaches on the postgraduate DPA and MPA programmes and the undergraduate flagship How to Change the World programme.  As a member of the Digital Policy Lab (DPL) and the Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security (RISCS), Alex engages regularly with international communities to discuss policy issues, such as invited meetings with the Prime Minister of Canada and the Canadian Chief Science Advisor.

Alex is working on an EPSRC-funded project in partnership with Coventry University titled, ‘Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice’ (ECSEPA). Co-designed with a range of stakeholders including the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the ECSEPA project seeks to understand the challenges faced by the UK policymaking community in interpreting, evaluating and understanding evidence to build cyber resilience and capacity. As part of the data collection process, a policy crisis game will be conducted in collaboration with project partners from the University of California, Berkeley.

Alex is the Coordinator for the One Belt One Road (OBOR) Digital Economy & Society programme (OBOR-DES), the Consumer Rights Beyond Boundaries programme (OBOR-CRBB), and the Annual OBOR Summitin the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford.  One of his OBOR-CRBB projects examines the legal and regulatory challenges facing the transportation sector of the sharing economy.  In collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Alex is undertaking the Best Practices of Consumer Redress project as part of OBOR-CRBB.  He is also a research member of the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS) at Wolfson College, Oxford University.  In addition to IGO- and NGO-related work, Alex has private sector experience working at Cision on EU Commission and EU Parliament outsourced projects covering the Digital Single Market strategy.

Alex holds a DPhil in Law, an MPhil in Criminology, and an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford. He will be publishing two monographs in 2019 with Palgrave Macmillan based on his doctoral study of the Big Circle Boys, an ethnic-Chinese drug trafficking network involved in organised crime. Alex has previously examined human smuggling in the UK and delivers lectures regularly on the topics of criminal groups and mafias at UK universities. He has been invited to roundtable workshops organised variously by the EU Commission, EU Parliament, INTERPOL, UK Home Office, and Royal United Services Institute to discuss topics concerning crime and security.

Alex was appointed as an expert member of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime Network and as an Affiliated Researcher of the Strategic Hub for Organised Crime Research. He was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and a Trustee of the International Association of the Study of Organized Crime.  Alex is a reviewer for a number of high-impact journals including the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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