Tim Legrand

Associate Professor Tim Legrand

Associate Prof/Reader

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Associate Professor of International Security, Department of Politics and International Relations


A/Professor Legrand's research is concerned with national and international dimensions of global security decision–making, particularly in transnational networks and institutions. His work traverses a range of security themes, principally in global blacklisting and sanctions, digital security, terrorism, political violence and political exclusion. This research is oriented around a cross-pollination of public administration (law, sociology and public policy) literatures and International Relations (critical security studies, global governance) perspectives to navigate the complex terrain of security in domestic and international spaces.

His research draws widely from critical scholarship in security studies and beyond, using an array of analytical methods that illuminate how threats are constructed and conceived, and how policies and power are deployed. He is also leading research in computational social science (Data61 and Flinders Uni) that develops network-based models of social media, and machine-learning in large qualitative datasets.

Beyond academia:

A/Professor Legrand engages widely with governments, NGOs and IGOs. He works with the UN as an advisor on blacklisting and sanctions in East Africa and Afghanistan; his research has been cited in the International Court of Justice in The Hague; and he consults to international NGOs on blacklisting and sanctions compliance, including UNDP (Afghanistan), the Swiss Refugee Council and WorldVision.

In Australia, he works with the Dept. of Defence and Dept. of Home Affairs on preserving liberal democracy amidst digital threats. In 2016, he was appointed expert advisor to the Commonwealth Inspector of Transport Security on aviation and maritime security. His research has been used in training for the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, The Department of Home Affairs, Department of Defence, Australian Federal Police and Prime Minister & Cabinet.

His work has also formed the basis of submissions to a Queensland Parliamentary committee, the COAG Review of Counter-Terrorism Legislation and the Commonwealth Independent National Security Legislation Monitor. Tim has a professional background in policy, having worked with the UK's Home Office, the Departments of Health and Communities and Local Government. In addition to delivering public policy training to federal officials in Canberra, he has also delivered policy training to government officials from Bhutan, Indonesia, Mexico, South Korea and Vietnam.

Grants and funding

A/Professor Legrand has been awarded more than $1.1m in research funding 2018- 2021. He has been awarded grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC); The Dept. of Defence; the Gerda Henkel Stiftung; and the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre.

The outcomes of this research feed directly into enhancing policy and practice for national governments, NGOs and International Organisations. 

Previous appointments

Associate Professor Tim Legrand joined the Department of Politics and International Relations in July 2018. He has previously held research and lecturing positions in the National Security College at the Australian National University, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security at Griffith University, and also held visiting research fellowships at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), Johns Hopkins University, the University of East Anglia and The University of Stockholm. His PhD in Political Science, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, was awarded by the University of Birmingham in 2008. 

Tim is adjunct Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Centre for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra, Co-Convenor of the APSA Policy Studies Research Group, and is the former Secretary-Treasurer of the Australian Political Studies Association. 

Connect with my latest research and download pre–print versions of my work at my website: www.timlegrand.org

Grant–funded research:


  • ARC Discovery projectThe Proscription of Terrorist Organisations in Illiberal States (DP200102447, 20202023)

This collaborative research (with Professor Lee Jarvis: University of East Anglia, UK) pioneers Political Science scholarly analyses of global proscription powers. The project aims to investigate the use of anti-terrorism proscription powers in illiberal democracies after 2002. Although promulgated by the archetypal liberal institution – the United Nations – proscription powers are increasingly recognised as important tools of illiberal regimes in legitimising human rights abuses and suppressing political dissent. Using studies of Cameroon, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the project explores the intersections of colonial proscription, UN anti–terrorism norms and illiberal regimes' security. The project will generate new comparative knowledge on the deployment of colonial instruments of control in the ‘war on terror’ and innovate conceptual insights into the global security politics of exclusion.

  • Gerda Henkel Stiftung Foundation (Special Programme on Security, Society and the State): The Architecture of Anglosphere Security Collaboration

This project innovates analysis of transgovernmental networks amongst Anglosphere states and the growing interdependency of global and national public policy-making. Here I focus on how elite policy officials form exclusive collaborative transgovernmental networks to resolve collective transnational challenges and transfer policy ideas. In this respect, my work engages with scholarship on transnational advocacy networks and global public policy networks. The empirical research on this topic looks at the dynamics of security networks in Anglophone countries, with a focus on Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and US. Spanning several major public policy domains – including intelligence (including the well-known Five Eyes network), borders & immigration, homeland security, policing and law – this research has charted the genesis and evolution of Anglosphere transgovernmental networks and comments on their impact on domestic political transparency and legitimacy. With an interdisciplinary Public Policy/ International Relations framework, the project expects to identify new transnational governance pathways that will inform understanding of contemporary security studies.

  • Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre: Cyber Security in the Anglosphere

This collaborative research, with Dr Nikola Pijovic, investigates the pathways of collaboration and cooperation in cyber security governance between the five countries of the Anglosphere. The increasing challenges of cyber security are legion – the onset of digital crime, IP theft, attacks on critical infrastructure, dissemination of digital disinformation, and more – and threats the stability of these five countries in different ways. This project explores the mechanisms of collaboration between these states with a view to determining whether and how such forms of cooperation can successfully safeguard the cyber landscape from its most egregious actors. 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 - ongoing Associate Professor of Public Policy University of Canberra

2021 Chief Investigator. A Framework for Modelling Social Influence in Wargame Setting. ORNet, Dept. of Defence. (With Dr Mehwish Nasim, Flinders University)

2021 Chief Investigator. Countering Foreign Interference (Dept. of Defence). 

2020 Chief Investigator. The Proscription of Terrorist Organisations in Illiberal States: ARC Discovery Project (DP200102447: 2020–2022, with Professor Lee Jarvis, University of East Anglia, UK)

2020 Chief Investigator: Cyber Security in the Anglosphere (Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre)

2018 Chief Investigator. ‘Tackling Transnational Threats: The Architecture of Anglosphere Security Collaboration’: Gerda Henkel Stiftung Foundation. Special Programme Security, Society and the State (AZ 09/KF/18)

2017 'Power, public policy and boundary–making', with Fawcett, P; Lewis, J; O’Sullivan, S.: Australian Political Studies Association Workshop Grants, 2017 

2016 ‘Governance of cyber security’: Macquarie Telecoms (2016).

Semester 2, 2020: International Security

Semester 1, 2020: Terrorism and Global Politics 

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Co-Supervisor Enhanced strategic engagement: Exploring the proliferation of strategic partnerships in Australia’s Indo-Pacific foreign policy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jack Butcher
    2022 Principal Supervisor Violent language in populist discourse Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Lucas Sebastian Konstantin Scheel
    2022 Co-Supervisor Pacific Small Island Developing States and the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time William Burenbeiya Waqavakatoga
    2022 Co-Supervisor The concept of appeasement and its applicability to political events subsequent to the Munich agreement of 1938 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kurt Eberhard Lux
    2022 Co-Supervisor Broader security concerns in the Indo-Pacific must be defined and framed within the local context Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Priestley Habru
    2021 Co-Supervisor All the way with the USA? The effect of the US-Australia alliance on Australian Foreign Policy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Benjamin Jason Cherry-Smith
    2021 Co-Supervisor Classical Philosophy in Adam Smith's Political and Economic Thought Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Philip Argenio
    2020 Principal Supervisor The project, Analysis of Anti-terrorist Proscription Regimes in Cameroon, will furnish new insights into how anti–terrorism powers in Cameroon are mobilised against civil society. Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Tania Maike Zeissig
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Assemblages of Surveillance, Security and State Power: The Politics of Data Collection in the Anglosphere Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Bartholomew Csorba
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2020 - ongoing Associate Editor Global Perspectives University of California United States
    2020 - ongoing Board Member Palgrace Macmillan Series in Political Economy Hong Kong University Hong Kong
    2016 - ongoing Associate Editor Criminology and Criminal Justice journal University of Glasgow United Kingdom
  • Position: Associate Prof/Reader
  • Phone: 83134607
  • Email: tim.legrand@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 4
  • Org Unit: School of Social Sciences

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