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Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Terrorism and political violence
  • Countering violent extremisms
  • Emotions and violent extremism
  • Radicalisation to political violence

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Debra Smith

Debra’s research focuses on questions of violent political extremism, social conflict and social change. She has a particular interest in the role of emotion within violent extremism beliefs and action and in translating research for applied outcomes.

Debra has extensive experience working with policing, community and government stakeholders to improve knowledge of all kinds of violent extremism and to translate this research into frontline practitioner tools.

Debra co-leads the Applied Security Science Partnership (ASSP) that brings together policing and security practitioners with academics to collaboratively  build robust evidence on behavioural indicators of violent extremism. She provides frontline training for policing, education and community stakeholders on early intervention and diversion from violent extremism. Debra was part of the expert panel commissioned for the Independent review of effective case management and information sharing barriers relevant to violent extremism.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Monash University, Australia, 2015
  • BA (Hons), Monash University, Australia, 2007

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Peucker, M., & Smith, D. (190101). Conclusion: Making Sense of the Far-Right in Australia In Peucker, M. ;. (Ed.) (pp. 215-226). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan (Springer).
2019 Peucker, M., Smith, D., & Iqbal, M. (190101). Not a Monolithic Movement: The Diverse and Shifting Messaging of Australia s Far-Right (pp. 73-100). Springer Singapore.

doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-8351-9_4

2019 Peucker, M., & Smith, D. (190101). Far-Right Movements in Contemporary Australia: An Introduction In Peucker, M. ;. (Ed.) (pp. 1-17). Cham: Springer - Palgrave Macmillan.

Year Citation
2020 Peucker, M., Spaaij, R., Smith, D., & Patton, S. (200815). Dissenting citizenship? Understanding vulnerabilities to right-wing extremism on the local level. Victoria University.
2020 Ballsun-Stanton, B., Waldek, L., Droogan, J., Smith, D., Iqbal, M., & Peucker, M. (200701). Mapping Networks and Narratives of Online Right-Wing Extremists in New South Wales: Government report for Department of Communities and Justice, NSW.. Sydney: Macquarie University.
2018 Peucker, M., Smith, D., & Iqbal, M. (181101). Mapping Networks and Narratives of Far-Right Movements in Victoria.

Year Citation
2021 MacDonald, F., & Smith, D. (210101). Educating the children of returning foreign fighters: fear as the antithesis of inclusive education. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 25(2), (224-238).

doi: 10.1080/13603116.2019.1707305

2019 Harris-Hogan, S., Barrelle, K., & Smith, D. (191102). The role of schools and education in countering violent extremism (CVE): applying lessons from Western countries to Australian CVE policy. Oxford Review of Education, 45(6), (731-748).

doi: 10.1080/03054985.2019.1612343

2019 Smith, D., & Talbot, S. (190504). How to make enemies and influence people: a Social Influence Model of Violent Extremism (SIM-VE). Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, 14(2), (99-114).

doi: 10.1080/18335330.2019.1575973

2018 Smith, D. (180603). So how do you feel about that? Talking with provos about emotion. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 41(6), (433-449).

doi: 10.1080/1057610X.2017.1323467

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Iterative Review, Validation and Development of Radar CVE Case Management Tool
From: Victoria Police
Other investigators: Prof Ramon Spaaij, Dr Muhammad Iqbal, Mr Andrew Zammit
For period: 2019-2019
Not disclosed
Applied research into countering violent extremism (CVE) and counter-terrorism (CT) risk assessment tools
From: Dept of Justice (VIC)
Other investigators: Prof Ramon Spaaij, Dr Muhammad Iqbal
For period: 2019-2023
Not disclosed
Dissenting citizenship? Discussing concerns about diversity, immigration and what it means to be Australian today
From: Dept of Justice (VIC), Melton Council, Yarra City Council, City of Greater Bendigo
Other investigators: Dr Mario Peucker, Prof Ramon Spaaij
For period: 2019-2020
Not disclosed
Dissenting Citizenship? Understanding Individuals' Vulnerabilities to Right-Wing Extremism on the Local Level
From: Dept of Justice (VIC)
Other investigators: Dr Mario Peucker, Prof Ramon Spaaij
For period: 2019-2020
Not disclosed
Partnership with Deakin University in the Collaborative Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS)
From: Research Institute on Social Cohesion
Other investigators: Dr Alison Baker, Dr Mario Peucker, Prof Ramon Spaaij
For period: 2019-2021
Not disclosed
Capacity Building Grant -  Participation in the Collaborative Centre of Excellence for Resilient Communities and Inclusive Societies (CERCIS) Think Tank
From: Dept of Premier and Cabinet (Vic)
Other investigators: Prof Ramon Spaaij, Prof Christopher Sonn
For period: 2019-2023
Not disclosed
Australian Security Science Partnership (ASSP)
From: VU Internal Funding, Defence Science and Technology Group, Australia
Other investigators: Prof Ramon Spaaij
For period: 2019-2021
Not disclosed

Independent Review of Effective Case Management and Information Sharing Barriers Relevant to Violent Extremism
From: Dept of Premier and Cabinet (Vic)
For period: 2018-2019
Not disclosed
New Landscapes of Terrorism Conference and Workshops
From: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government (DFAT)
Other investigators: Dr Virginie Andre
For period: 2018-2018
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor
3 PhD Principal Supervisor supervisor
3 PhD Integrated Associate supervisor
1 Master of Research Principal Supervisor supervisor
1 Master of Research Practice Principal Supervisor supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (3) Principal Supervisor supervisor
PhD Integrated (3) Associate supervisor
Master of Research (1) Principal Supervisor supervisor
Master of Research Practice (1) Principal Supervisor supervisor

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