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Debra Smith

Associate Professor Debra Smith

Principal Industry Research Fellow, Victoria University

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Debra Smith is a Principal Industry Research Fellow at Victoria University’s Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities (ISILC). Her research focuses on questions of violent political extremism, social conflict and social change.

Debra co-leads the Applied Security Science Partnership (ASSP) that includes researchers and embedded security practitioners undertaking collaborative applied research on behavioural indicators of all forms of violent extremism for translation into frontline practitioner tools. 

Debra is one of three people providing training to state and federal policing agencies, state education departments, and other frontline workers on Australia’s Countering Violent Extremism early intervention and case management tools and was appointed to the Expert Panel commissioned to undertake the independent review of effective case management and information sharing barriers relevant to violent extremism (CMIS Review).

She recently co-edited the first book on Australia’s contemporary far-right and is currently co-authoring the book, International Terrorism and Counter Terrorism in the Australian Context. She supervisors 8 PhD and 1 Masters student undertaking research related to CVE and CT.