Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Lise Waldek


BSc. (Hons), University College London; MA, Kent University (Brussels School of International Studies)

Research interests

  • Countering Violent Extremism
  • Cyber space and Countering Violent Extremism
  • Socio-cultural explorations of violence
  • Warfare and conflict


Lise studied anthropology and international relations at University College London and the Brussels School of International Studies, Kent University, UK. Her postgraduate work focused on issues of securitzation, identity and immigration. Before joining SSC, Lise worked for the Ministry of Defence and Home Office, UK. Her work focused on the application of socio-cultural analysis to issues of defence and security. Lise's current research includes an ongoing program examining and assessing Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) internationally and in Australia; an examination of the relationship between the offline and online violent extremist environments.


PICT 837 Terrorism Dynamics
PICT 818 Counter Terrorism
PICT 844 The Modern Intelligence Practitioner

Available student projects

Effective evaluation of CVE and CT policies and initiatives
Online violent extremism narratives
Alt-Right movements in the online environment


Journal Articles:

  • Droogan, J. & Waldek, L., 'Countering Violent Extremism Symposium: Partnering to Build Solutions - Outputs and Findings', Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Special Countering Violent Extremism Issue, (Guest Edited by Anne Aly), Vol. 10, No 1, 2015.
  • Droogan, J. & Waldek, L., 'Continuing Drivers of Violent in Honiara: Making Friends and Influencing People', Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 69, No. 3, 2015.
  • Waldek L., & Jayasekara, S., 'Boko Haram: The Evolution of Islamist Extremism in Nigeria', (2011) Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism 168-178.

Book Reviews:

  • Waldek, L., Book Review: 'Terrorism and Social Exclusion: Misplaced Risk - Common Security (Monash Studies in Global Movements)', edited by David Wright-Neville and Anna Halafoff, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing 2010 in Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (April 2011) 83-87

Conference papers:

  • Waldek, L., & McCombie, S., 'Brilliant Blunders: Examining Stuxnet through a socio-political lens', CAPPE/NSC Ethics of Cybersecurity Workshop, November 2013

Projects and Grants

  • 2015: Countering Violent Extremism in NSW Funding from NSW Government $100,000.
  • 2015: ARC Grant: The influence of online narratives on audiences in Australia and United Kingdom. $250,000
  • 2014: Countering Violent Extremism Workshop. Funding from Federal AGs, NSW Police, Multicultural NSW. $25,000.
  • 2011: Mapping Violence in Honiara. Funding from the Australian Department of Defence. $18,000.

Contact Information:
Phone: +61 (0)2 9850 1426
Fax: +61 (0)2 9850 1440
Office location: 
Level 2, South Wing, 
Australian Hearing Hub
Macquarie University NSW 2109