EmPr Roderic Broadhurst


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PhD candidates

Leo Sudaryono - Prison overcrowding in Indonesia

Steve Munns - Prevention of violence and aggression against front-line public officers


A graduate of the University of Western Australia (Phd) and University of Cambridge (M.Phil) and formerly with the Department of Corrective Services and Health Service in Western Australia. Appointed Senior Fellow, Crime Research Centre at the University of Western Australia in 1990 he helped establish sound reporting of criminal justice statistical data for Western Australia. In 1994 he took up a post as lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong where he was secretary and later Chair of the Hong Kong Society of Criminology. In 2005 he left Hong Kong to take a post at the QUT as Head of School of Justice, followed by visiting Professor Griffith University in 2008. In 2009 he was appointed Professor at the Australian National University Regulatory Institutions Network, Fellow of the Research School of Asian and Pacific Studies and Chief Investigator and Deputy Director of the ARC Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security until 2013. Currently Professor Emeritus of Criminology, School of Global Governance and Regulation [REGNET] Research School of Asia and the Pacific. He has worked with a wide variety of criminal justice agencies, offender and crime victim services in Australia, China and Cambodia. He currently directs the ANU Cybercrime Observatory and continues interests in recidivism and resorative justice.

After a decade of research on crime victimisation and violent offending in Cambodia  he co-authored with Thierry and Brigitte Bouhours Violence and the Civilizing Process in Cambodia, published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. This was a study: "...tracing the history of violence in Cambodia, the author evaluate the extent to which Elias’s theories can be applied in a non-Western context. Drawing from historical and contemporary archival sources, constabulary statistics, victim surveys, and newspaper reports, Broadhurst, Bouhours, and Bouhours chart trends and forms of violence throughout Cambodia from the mid nineteenth century to the present day. Analysing periods of colonisation, anticolonial wars, independence, civil war, the revolutionary terror of the 1970s, and postconflict development, the authors assess whether violence has decreased and whether such a decline can be attributed to Elias’s civilising process, which identifies a series of universal factors that have historically reduced violence".


Past student projects

Steve Chon Ki Hon - Malware tool kits and criminal networks in cyberspace

Nini Leijon - Sexual offending - Sweden and Australia

Cheryl White - Trials of the former Khmer Rouge - extra-ordinary Court for Cambodia

Chenda Keo - Human trafficking in Cambodia.

Ben Chapman-Schmidt - Human trafficking in Japan

Tonina Staunton - Cloud computing regulatory challenges

Douglas Allen - Complex fraud

Research interests

  • organised crime and transnational crime; e.g., triads 
  • cybercrime
  • crime in developing, post conflict and transitional states
  • homicide, sexual assault and the causes of violence 
  • victimology and crime victim surveys
  • penology, recidivism studies; capture/re-capture analysis

Current student projects

ANU Cybercrime Observatory

Phishing risk and the student community - Nick Sifniotis, Stephanie Orlando, Katie Skinner, Bianca Sabol  and Don Maxim.

Hacker's bazaar and crypto markets  -  Nick Sifniotis, Bianca Sabol, David Lord and Don Maxim.


Report for the E-Child Safety Commissioner: Trends in Child Exploitation Risks - Stepahnie Orlando, Katie Skinner and Don Maxim

Hannah Woodford-Smith, Bianca Sabol, Stepahnie Orlando, Katie Skinner, Ho Chung, Ben Chapman Schmidt and Don Maxim. CyberTerrorism, Korean Institute of Criminology - VFAC.

Broadhurst, Roderic, David Lord, Donald Maxim, Hannah Woodford-Smith, Corey Johnson, Ho Woon Chung, Samara Carroll, Harshit Trivedi, and Bianca Sabol. 2018. Malware trends on darknet crypto-markets: research review, Australian National University, Cybercrime Observatory, Canberra, and KIC, Seoul. (August 6, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3226758

Ball, Matthew and Broadhurst, Roderic and Niven, Alexander and Trivedi, Harshit, Data Capture and Analysis of Darknet Markets (March 1, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3344936


Researcher's projects

2006 Crime and modernisation in post-conflict Cambodia (ARC Discovery Grant)

2010 Monitoring serious crime in cyberspace (Australian Research Council [ARC] Discovery Grant) with Dr Raymond Choo.

2017 Australian Criminological Research Council CRG 51/16-17, Project Title: Cybercrime Risks and Spam Deception Experiments.

2013 Australian Criminological Research Council CRG 13/12-13, Project Title: ‘A cybercrime observatory for Australia: a pilot database of criminal activity on the Internet’, PI with Dr Mamoun Alazab.

2012 Transnational crime and the role of place  (ARC Linkage Grant - relinquished 2013)

2012 Organised crime in PR China (HKSAR CERG) with Dr Lena Zhong and Prof Wing Lo.

2014 Australian Criminological Research Council CRG 14/, Project Title: Exploring the causes and consequences of the Australian crime decline: a comparative analysis of the criminal trajectories of two NSW birth cohorts, with PI Dr Jason Payne PI and Dr Rick Brown.

2016 Restorative Justice in the ACT, [evaluation] with Dr Jason Payne, Anthony Morgan and Dr Miranda Forsyth

2016-2018 Non-residential fellowship Korean Institute of Criminology

2017 - Australian Criminological Research Council CRG 51/16-17, Project Title: Cybercrime Risks and Spam Deception Experiments

2017 – Australian Federal Police & ANU Cybercrime Observatory (ANU Small Grant), Project title: ‘ToR Darknet markets’.

2017 – Non-residential fellow Korean Institute of Criminology (KIC) Annual Report on UN and International Cooperation and Research for Crime Prevention (XIII): Management of VFAC Homepage & A Review of Malware Trends on Darknet Markets $22,000

2018 – Non-residential fellow Korean Institute of Criminology (KIC2) Annual Report on UN and International Cooperation and Research for Crime Prevention (XIV): A Review of the Use of Artificial Intelligence in Cybercrime Investigations: $23,000.

2019 – Australian Institute of Criminology: Darknet Research Projects -COVID- 19 related products, Fentnyl, Weapons and LEA Interventions effects on Opioid Availability on Darknet (TOR) markets: $111, 870.

2022 Australian Institute of Criminology: CSAM on Tor: Survey and Forum Study: $151,997.


BA, BEd, PhD Univ.West. Aust., M.Phil 

1981  Certificate in Counselling, Psychodrama Institute of Australia

2000  Associate Consultant, Institute of Analytical Interviewing (USA)


Expertise Areas

  • Causes and Prevention of Crime
  • Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation
  • Police Administration, Procedures and Practice


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