ESI Members

Membership in the ESI is by invitation. We’re a mix of academics and security professionals, each sharing a concern and interest in one or more new worlds and their attendant harmscapes. Our aim is to better understand and respond to new and potential harms being experienced as a direct result of climate change, the digital age and the development of the techno-human. Our contributions to preventing and reducing these harms, will form the collaboration between academic thinkers and thinkers in the corporate and public sectors. Our ESI membership includes:A

Adam White is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Centre for Criminological Research, School of Law, University of Sheffield.  His research focuses on four interconnected themes: (i) the rise of the private security and private military industries in the postwar era; (ii) corresponding issues of governance, regulation and legitimacy in the security and military sectors; (iii) the conceptual and empirical connections between war and crime; and (iv) the changing nature of state-market relations. These interests are multidisciplinary, lying at the intersection of criminology, politics, international relations and socio-legal studies.


Amanda Kennedy is a Professor at the Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law. Amanda is a member of the International Law and Global Governance Program, QUT Faculty of Law, and is a Co-Chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law Teaching and Capacity Building Committee. Amanda researches and publishes widely in the areas of environmental law and justice, natural resources law, energy and agricultural law, focusing on governance systems. She has a particular interest in regulatory approaches to nexus challenges, building resilience, collaborative governance and public participation in land use decision making.


Annette Hübschle is a senior researcher and postdoctoral fellow with the Global Risk Governance programme at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Annette holds a PhD in Economic Sociology from the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy and a Master of Philosophy in Criminology from the University of Cape Town. Her current research focuses on the governance of safety and security with a specific focus on illegal wildlife economies and environmental futures, as well as the interface between licit and illicit economies and criminal networks. Annette is conducting research into why African rural communities might participate in illegal and legal wildlife economies and how alternative, community-oriented strategies can build community resilience against organised wildlife crimes.


Attilio Pigneri is a professional mechanical engineer from Italy with Masters and PhD education in the energy and environmental areas. Attilio has over 15 years of professional and academic experience in the broader energy area in Europe, California, China, Australia and New Zealand.

An alumnus of the Sustainable Energy and Transportation Pathways (STEPS, formerly Hydrogen Pathways) program at University of California, Davis, Attilio is a qualified energy planner and a leading hydrogen-energy infrastructure analyst. He has delivered ground-breaking studies for wind-to-hydrogen infrastructures and hydrogen delivery infrastructures. While a Director at the Centre for Energy Research at Massey University in New Zealand (2007-09), Attilio managed a suite of postgraduate programmes in the renewable energy area and the leading Australasian program of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in renewable energy, developed and maintained in collaboration with the Energy Research Institute of Murdoch University in Western Australia.


Barak Morgan is an interdisciplinary neuroscientist who explores how physical, biological, psychological and social domains encompass a unitary polycentric co-regulating world. Barak is a medical doctor with clinical experience mostly in psychiatry. He also has a PhD in engineering. Most of his research is in early childhood development, focused on the enduring impact of poverty on brain structure and function in later life. A large aspect of this involves translating the neuroscience of childhood development into a broader interdisciplinary context (humanities and social sciences) as well as into the public domain in scientifically accurate socially positive ways.


Benjamin Goold is a professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. His major research interests include privacy rights, the use of surveillance technologies by the police and intelligence communities, and the rhetoric and language of human rights. He is the author of numerous works on privacy, surveillance, and security, including CCTV and Policing and Security and Human Rights (edited with Liora Lazarus). Among his more recent publications are works on the social and political dimensions of privacy, the relationship between human rights and constitutional responsibilities, and the sociology of security consumption.


Benoît Dupont is a professor of criminology at the Université de Montréal, where he holds the Canada research chair in Cybersecurity. He is also the Scientific Director of the Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC), one of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE). SERENE-RISC brings together government agencies, industry partners, and scholars from the social and computer sciences in order to facilitate the mobilisation and uptake of evidence-based cybersecurity knowledge. His research interests focus on the governance of security and the use of networked initiatives to enhance offline and online safety, as well as the co-evolution of crime and technology. He is particularly interested in the social organisation of the hacking ecosystem, as well as the evaluation of effective and efficient cybersecurity policies and cybercrime prevention strategies.


Benoît Leclerc is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. His research interests include the application and development of crime script analysis for purposes of situational prevention and research methods and data analytics. With Clifford Shearing and Ross Homel he is the co-founding editor of Criminology at the Edge – an annual edited volume series in criminology (Routledge). With Jesse Cale, he is currently leading a volume on Big Data and Analytics in criminology.


Brigitte Fairbank is the Executive Director, People for the NSW Government’s Department of Family and Community Services. Prior to this appointment she was the Executive Director, Human Resources at the NSW Treasury leading all aspects of the People Strategy and the transformation agenda across the Treasury sector.  As a corporate executive Brigitte has spent time as the Director of Human Resources for the Oceania Region at Gate Gourmet, the Head of HR and Organisational Development at Bankwest, the Head of People at Qantas Airports and the National HR Manager at PepsiCo for Australia and New Zealand.


Cameron Harrington is an Assistant Professor of international relations in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University. He is a researcher and analyst of global environmental politics. In particular he draws from international relations, political philosophy, criminology, and human geography and focuses on the theory and practice of environmental security, particularly water conflict and cooperation in the Anthropocene. He has recently co-authored a book (with Clifford Shearing) titled, “Security in the Anthropocene: Reflections on Safety and Care” that examines how foundational concepts of the human, nature, and security are troubled by global environmental change.


Cameron Holley is a Professor and Co-Director of Postgraduate Studies at UNSW Law. Cameron is a member of the leadership teams of the Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre and the Global Water Institute, UNSW Sydney, as well as the Global Risk Governance Programme, University of Cape Town and The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training. He is also a member of The Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law (APEEL). Cameron publishes widely in the areas of environmental law, natural resources law, energy law and water law, with a focus on regulation and governance. Within these fields, he has examined issues of compliance and enforcement, environmental security, resilience, planning, accountability, democratic participation, adaptive management and collaborative governance.


Campbell Warren is currently the General Manager of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality for Downer Utilities. He has over 20 years’ experience in heavy engineering, construction and mining, comprised of operational, managerial and corporate roles.  Campbell is inspired by the vision of the Evolving Securities Initiative and recognises the need to respond to these rapidly growing challenges. Both his studies and professional work are heavily focused on challenging the assumptions that underpin the social structures, processes and practices existing in today’s workplaces, and exploring how human capacities could be better recognised, understood and capitalised upon to best adapt to the rapidly changing and unavoidably complex harmscapes of the future.


Chad Whelan is an Associate Professor in Criminology at Deakin University, Australia. Chad conducts research on cyber-crime, organised crime, terrorism and security, and multi-agency responses to crime and security problems across organisational boundaries and professional disciplines. Much of his research involves applying a network perspective to complex crime and security problems. He is author of Networks and National Security: Dynamics, Effectiveness and Organisation (Routledge, 2012) and (with Dr Adam Molnar) Securing Mega-events: Networks, Strategies and Tensions (Palgrave, 2018). 


Charlotte Lemanski is a senior lecturer in the department of geography at the University of Cambridge (UK). Charlotte comes from a multidisciplinary background – with degrees in Politics (University of Durham), Development Management (London School of Economics) and Geography (University of Oxford). She is a qualitative researcher, with over fifteen years of research experience in South Africa, with a specific focus on housing and infrastructure. Her current focus is on infrastructural citizenship, exploring the ways in which the state-society relationship is mediated through the service-provision, providing a material expression of civic identity and practices.


Christian Gade is an Associate Professor in Human Security and the Coordinator of the Master’s Degree Program in Human Security at Aarhus University, Denmark. His research focusses on peace building, transitional justice, restorative justice and victim-offender mediation and as a victim-offender mediator in crime cases for the police in Eastern Jutland.


Clifford Shearing holds positions at the Universities of Griffith, Cape Town, and Montréal.  The principal focus of his academic work has been on widening criminology’s boundaries, with a primary focus on ‘security governance’. His policy and applied work has been concerned with enhancing safety. Clifford’s research and writing has become increasingly centred on criminology’s responses to the challenges of the Anthropocene.


Dave Higgon is the Employee Relations Manager at Multiplex – a global construction company engaged in large scale projects across Australia, the Middle East, Europe, Canada and India. Dave has been in the construction sector as a unionist, and a human resource professional for the past three decades and as such is heavily involved in Multiplex’s social and environmental projects.  Dave has been instrumental in Multiplex’s social initiatives including the 8 Connectivity Centres that coordinate job opportunities for job seekers and includes a Prevocational Training Program for indigenous people.


Gareth Ward has over 14 years experience in the environmental industry, having implemented and managed accounts within the Pharmaceutical Industry, Legal, IT, Accountancy, NHS, Financial and Service Industries with a particular focus on secure waste types. His business, Environmental Solutions, was established with a view to improve service in what has in the past been a poorly managed industry.  Gareth has extensive knowledge of the waste industry with a total focus on reducing waste, increasing recycling and improving corporate identity.


Gary Worboys is currently Deputy Police Commissioner for Regional New South Wales.  He has worked in many locations including remote areas of western NSW, in larger regional cities, and in some very eclectic communities like Nimbin and Jindabyne. He has spent many years teaching tactical work in country NSW and has also commanded a number of complex ‘emergency management’ events, like bush fires and floods. He has a Graduate Certificate in Police Management, Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership and Master in Public Policy.  He continues to have a passion for ‘local people policing’ across country NSW and is most interested in the role of police as civic leaders and securing police resourcing and appropriate strategies for the longer term  benefit of country NSW.


Gina Ziervogel is a geographer by training, who has worked in the field of adaptation and vulnerability to global environmental change. She lectures in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, and is a Research Chair at the African Climate and Development Institute at the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on climate adaptation, transformation and development at both the household and municipal levels. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects that bring together civil society, government and academics to address problems collaboratively. Gina was a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special report on managing the risk of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation (SREX) and will be a lead author in the IPCC AR6, starting in 2019.  In 2015 she won the South African Young Woman in Science Award.


Grant Tidswell was the Chief Operating Officer of the Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme until September 2017. Prior to that Grant was the CEO of Centrelink, Australia’s Federal social welfare agency, and as Deputy Secretary of the Federal Department of Human Services. Grant led Centrelink’s operational response to a number of emergencies, notably the flood and cyclone emergencies across Australia in early 2011, the Victorian bushfires in 2009 and the Northern Territory Emergency Response. For his work in response to the Victorian Bushfire crisis, he was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2010.


Heath Stimson is Deputy Zone Commander at NSW State Emergency Services, a 15 year veteran firefighter at NSW Rural Fire Service (SES), an experienced and current paramedic with the NSW Ambulance Service and an innovative leader within the NSW SES. He has a practical and professional interest in the Evolving Securities Initiative.


Hilton Trollip has an MS Electrical Engineering. Since 1991 his focus has turned to policy development and analysis. From 2007 Hilton’s attention has increasingly been focused on sustainable energy systems and economies both as a practitioner, as principal Engineer, Energy and Climate Change for the local government of the City of Cape Town, and as a consultant and as a researcher. His current academic interests include studies of the politics of sustainability transitions, and multi/transdisciplinary studies and implementation of energy transitions – especially within contexts of transitions to sustainable economies and energy systems within developing countries characterised by severe inequality and poverty.


Jan Froestad  is an Associate Professor at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway.  His research is focused on development studies, public policy, nodal governance, security and policing, climate, poverty, informal economies, and energy/electricity systems. Recent publications include Froestad, J., Nøkleberg, M., Shearing, C. & Trollip, H. 2018. South Africa’s Minerals-­‐ Energy-­‐Complex: Flows, regulation, governance and policing. In: Omorogbe, Y. & Ordor, A. Eds. Energy, Law and Development.


Janet Chan is a Professor at UNSW Law. She is a Key Researcher at the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (D2D CRC) and leader of the Data Justice stream at the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation. Her research interests include diverse areas such as criminal justice, sociology of organisation, creativity, and technology studies. In recent years she has published (with Lyria Bennett Moses) articles and chapters on big data and algorithms. Janet was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2002. In 2015 she was the joint recipient of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Distinguished Criminologist Award.


John McDonald is the President and CEO at ProActive ReSolutions. He’s an acknowledged practitioner, trainer and thought leader in the world of Restorative Justice, having led the team of people who pioneered the development and introduction of Restorative Justice Conferencing into criminal justice systems in Australia, North America and the UK. John was appointed by the Chief Judge of the Land & Environment Court to prepare and facilitate the first Restorative Justice intervention for an environmental offence involving the Wilyakali people from Far West NSW and Pinnacles Mines, and more recently has been re-engaged by the Chief Judge to facilitate a further Restorative Conference in a matter before the Land and Environment Court.  He has an ongoing interest in ethical behaviour and received the prestigious Vincent Fairfax Award for Ethical Leadership.


Julie Berg is a lecturer in criminology at the School of Social and Political Sciences, and a member of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, at the University of Glasgow. She is also a research fellow in the Global Risk Governance Programme at the University of Cape Town. Julie runs the Evolving Security Initiative’s Glasgow Hub (ESI@GLA). The ESI@GLA hub has as its main focus an exploration of the impacts of new harmscapes on both existing security institutions and new institutions, as well as the implications of emerging technologies on the security governance of global harmscapes.


Kurt Ackermann works through urban agriculture to help strengthen health and social fabric within and across divided communities. He is a co-founder and general manager of the Oranjezicht City Farm and founding trustee of the SA Urban Food & Farming Trust. For twenty years Kurt has worked as a management consultant, spending much of the second decade working on systems-level public sector projects that helped motivate broad-scale behaviour changes to improve urban sustainability. Since 2002 Kurt has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Cape Town, and currently serve on the boards of non-profits in education, health and human rights, helping strengthen community-based, volunteer-driven organisations.


Liam Phelan is a senior lecturer in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle. His primary research interests include: climate change; insurance; complex adaptive systems theory; critical political economy; and transdisciplinary research methodologies. Liam is interested in researching complex sustainability problems by drawing from physical and social sciences; conceptual development; and qualitative research methods. As well as his research interests in the environment and sustainability, Liam also researches in the field of higher education practice; he serves in editorial roles and supervises PhD candidates in both fields. 


Louise du Toit is a postdoctoral research fellow with the African Climate & Development Initiative, UCT Law Faculty and Griffith Criminology Institute. Her postdoctoral research, which focuses on climate change mitigation and insurance, aims to identify and understand recent instances internationally of insurance businesses and others in the insurance system engaging in actions that mitigate climate change and, importantly, the conditions which enable (and disable) those actions.


Lucian Hudson is a highly practiced strategic communications specialist. As the UK Government’s chief spokesman at summits and ministerial meetings on climate change and sustainable development, he has briefed international media and forged common purpose with other governments, business and civic society. Over the past year, his team has won four national awards for social media campaigns promoting lifelong learning.  As a senior BBC television executive, he was a pioneer in producing authoritative breaking news and establishing commercial joint venture channels with international broadcasters. He founded the UK Government’s first digital portal, and revolutionised the Foreign Office’s use of social media. As Chair of Earthwatch Europe, Lucian is overseeing major new investments and building corporate partnerships, harnessing science and citizen engagement to save our natural world.


Mark Whybro joined the NSW Fire Brigades in 1981 and has extensive experience in emergency and risk management. He established the Operational Safety Coordinator position and since 2007, has chaired the national Triple Zero Awareness Work Group. He was promoted to Assistant Commissioner and appointed Director Specialised Operations in 2009, where he oversaw Fire & Rescue NSW’s (FRNSW) rescue, hazmat and USAR capability and deployments, its Community Fire Unit Program and its emergency call-taking, dispatch and communication centres. He was appointed Assistant Commissioner Community Safety in November 2011, assuming responsibility for FRNSW’s prevention, research and community education programs, regulatory and advisory functions in the built environment, fire investigation and research, unwanted alarm reduction, and management of commercial emergency safety training.


Marleen Easton is a social worker and received her PhD in sociology on ‘The demilitarization of the Belgian Gendarmerie’ in 2000 at the Free University of Brussels. Since then she has worked at the University College Ghent and Ghent University building up her own research group Governing and Policing Security (GaPS) at the Department of Public Governance & Management in the Faculty of Economy and Business Administration at Ghent University. Her research group stands at the crossroads of public administration/governance, management and criminology. A governance and management approach is applied to a whole range of local, national and international problems related to the governance of security.


Monica Collins is the Chief Compliance Officer at the Office of Compliance of the Department of the Environment and Energy in Australia. She is an experienced public sector senior executive with 25 years Commonwealth and State government experience in natural resource and environmental management. Monica applies sound management to complex and contested issues, and has a proven ability to deliver outcomes, she has successfully delivered organisational change, from program reform through to transformational change. Her experience includes leading program delivery in renewable and clean energy, planning for management of coastal erosion, environmental impact assessment, biodiversity and threatened species management. She also has extensive experience in designing and implementing regulatory and compliance programs. Monica has a strong interest in collaborating, innovating, and engaging with industry and community to ensure practical triple-bottom line outcomes.


Nicholas Simpson is a postdoctoral fellow with the Global Risk Governance programme at the University of Cape Town. Nick’s current research interests focus on resilience, particularly as the concept is framed, understood and used in the various emergent ‘worlds’ we live in today. These emerging ‘worlds’ include the novel socio-ecological world which has seen significant bio-physical and climatological change as a consequence of the Anthropocene, the ‘world’ of cyberspace and artificial intelligence, and the increasingly cyborg-like existence driven by the internet of things. Nick aims to gain a deeper understanding of these landscape changes and explore the new normative agendas and institutional arrangements that are emerging in response to them, particularly the concept of resilience.


Nigel South is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Criminology, University of Essex, U.K. He has been a leading figure in the development of a green perspective in criminology and published widely on related matters, most recently H. Mol et al (2017) (eds) Environmental Crime in Latin America: The theft of nature and the poisoning of the land​; and A. Brisman et al (2018) Water, Crime and Security in the Twenty-First Century: Too dirty, too little, too much.


Philip Stenning is an Adjunct Professor at the Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, and a Visiting Professor, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies School of Law, Leeds University.  He is also a Professorial Fellow, Australian Institute of Police Management, and Honorary Professor, School of Applied Human Sciences University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  His research interests include public and private policing, the prosecution process and accountability in criminal justice.


Richard Hart is a founding Director and executive leader of ProActive ReSolutions, a business that focuses on reducing the costs and impacts of conflict behaviour in organisations, workplaces and communities internationally. He is a lawyer, mediator and arbitrator with 25+ years in conflict management and dispute resolution and has extensive operational experience working with clients internationally on behalf of ProActive to effect positive behaviour changes in organisations. Richard specialises in working with groups in high-conflict, especially those challenged by bullying, harassment, threats and violence and is an international speaker on topics such as threats and violence, as well as ProActive’s expertise, evidence-based approaches to restoring cooperation among people experiencing difficult workplace dynamics.


Richard Johnstone is a Professor in the School of Law at the Queensland University of Technology.  In 2001 he was appointed as the first Director of the National Research Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Regulation at the Australian National University. The principal theme in Richard’s research is whether and how the health and safety of workers is protected by work health and safety regulation. His work critically evaluates the way in which regulation is designed and implemented, but he has also contributed to normative debates about the design work health and safety regulation, and effective enforcement approaches.


Rosemary Milkins is the Deputy Commissioner, Corporate Services in the NSW Police. She was previously the Deputy Commissioner NSW Fire & Rescue, where she led all business functions and organisational reform of one of the largest urban fire and rescue services. Rosemary was also the Assistant Director General in the Office of the Premier and Cabinet of the Public Sector Workforce, having responsibility for policy development, industrial relations strategy, workforce planning, development and performance, workforce information services, legal and legislative support and equity and diversity strategies covering all public sector agencies employing over 300,000 staff.  Rosemary currently heads up her professional consultancy 40 Learnings.


Ross Homel is a Foundation Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University, Brisbane. He is a former Vice-President of the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He has won many awards for his research on the prevention of crime, violence and injuries and the promotion of positive development and wellbeing for children and young people in socially disadvantaged communities. In 2008 he was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) “for service to education, particularly in the field of criminology, through research into the causes of crime, early intervention and prevention methods.” In 2010 he received the Sellin-Glueck Award from the American Society of Criminology for criminological scholarship outside the United States.


Scott Burris is a Professor of Law and Public Health at Temple University, where he directs the Center for Public Health Law Research and the Policy Surveillance Program. His work focuses on how law influences public health, and what interventions can make laws and law enforcement practices healthier in their effects. Scott is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (A.B.) and Yale Law School (J.D.).


Sophie Nakueira holds a PhD in Law, from the University of Cape Town. Most of her research has centered on understanding how plural governance and regulatory networks function in local and global contexts. She has worked in various capacities as a researcher and as a consultant in Uganda and South Africa in areas of security governance and plural governance. As a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Sophie is currently conducting ethnographic research in Uganda on how collaborative governance takes place in humanitarian settings. This currently involves mapping the different actors and institutional arrangements involved in various service provision in refugee camps and analysing how migration from the global South is regulated.


Tabitha Benney is an Assistant Professor in the University of Utah’s Department of Political Science and affiliated faculty in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program and the Center on Global Change and Sustainability.  She is also a Research Fellow for the Earth Research Governance Network and Co-Chair of the Scholars Strategy Network’s Utah Chapter. Tabitha teaches in the fields of International Relations, International and Comparative Political Economy, Energy and Environmental Politics and Research Methods.


Tarah Hodgkinson is a lecturer in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University. She is a director for the International CPTED Association, a research fellow for the Institute of Canadian Urban Research Studies, a research associate with the Center for Rural Criminology, and a SafeGrowth(R) advocate and practitioner. As a SafeGrowth practitioner, she has been working with neighbourhoods across North America since 2014 on crime prevention and community safety. She has also worked closely with numerous Canadian police services on community safety partnerships, strategic management, and leadership. She has also assisted in teaching at the Canadian Police College. Her current research interests are creating crime prevention strategies for rural communities and developing collaborative governance for policing organisations.


Tariro Mutongwizo holds a PhD in Criminology from the University of Cape Town. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Griffith Criminology Institute (GCI) where she currently holds an adjunct position. Her research interests include multidisciplinary approaches to exploring the non-state governance of security, the governance of contested spaces and the security of vulnerable and marginalised groups. As a UNSW Postdoctoral Fellow, she was selected for the 2018-19 PLuS International Interdisciplinary Researcher or PIIR programme, a network combining the strengths of Arizona State University (ASU), King’s College London, and UNSW Sydney.