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Dr Alex Chung
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  • Honorary Lecturer
  • STEaPP
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Dr Alex Chung is an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London (UCL) and a Consumer Policy and Law Expert at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He was formerly an Institute Fellow at the UK Research Institute for Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS) and a Research Fellow at STEaPP.

Alex holds a Doctorate in Law, an MPhil in Criminology, and an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Oxford University. He is the author of two monographs: Chinese Criminal Entrepreneurs in Canada, Book I and Book II. He is an expert member of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime Network (GI-TOC) and the Strategic Hub for Organised Crime Research (SHOC).

Outside academia, Alex’s research on organized crime and illicit drugs trade has been featured in Discovery Channel Documentaries, Toronto Life, La Presse and Wired, among others. He regularly contributes to expert consultations that help shape public policies and develop policy toolkits, including the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the Cullen Commission, and the Global Organized Crime Index.

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Research Summary

In addition to his research on transnational crimes and narcotics networks, Alex also works in the fields of consumer protection and cybersecurity policy.

Consumer protection, dispute resolution and digital economy

At UNCTAD, Alex conducts policy research on consumer dispute resolution and provides policy training to the public sector and private sector as part of UNCTAD’s national capacity building services. He also has private sector experience working as a UCL Consultant and working on briefings that focused on the EU Commission’s Digital Single Market Initiative.

At Oxford University’s Law Faculty, he has worked on UN-Oxford projects as a Research Associate of the Digital Economy & Society and Consumer Rights Beyond Boundaries Research Programmes. These included the projects 'Legal and regulatory challenges of the Sharing Economy', 'Best Practices of Consumer Redress', and ‘Global Consumer Dispute Resolution.’

Cybersecurity policy

As a former Institute Fellow of RISCS – the first of four UK Research Institutes to focus on cybersecurity – Alex was part of the RISCS management team that oversaw five research portfolios and 39 projects alongside the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Some of these projects that focused on cybercrime were jointly undertaken with the UK Home Office. As a former member of the Digital Technologies Policy Laboratory (DTPL) at STEaPP, he has engaged with UK and international policy communities, which included invited meetings with the Chief Science Advisor of Canada and the Prime Minister of Canada.

Alex worked on ‘Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice’ (ECSEPA), an EPSRC-funded project, as a former Research Fellow at STEaPP. Co-designed with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the NCSC, ECSEPA explored cybersecurity policy challenges in the UK and how research could better support policymakers to build cyber resilience and capacity. This involved engaging with UK policymakers across the central government (Cabinet Office, Home Office, DCMS, etc.) to co-develop the ECSEPA Map of UK Cyber Security Policy and to undertake the ECSEPA Policy Crisis Game.

Teaching Summary
At UCL, Alex has taught students on STEaPP’s DPA and MPA programmes and Institute of Global Prosperity’s MSc programme. He has served as a Co-Lead on UCL’s flagship interdisciplinary undergraduate programme, 'How to Change the World'. He regularly delivers lectures at universities in the UK on the topics of organised crime and transnational drugs networks.
  Honorary Lecturer STEaPP UCL, United Kingdom
  Institute Fellow Research Institute for Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS) UCL, United Kingdom
  Research Fellow STEaPP UCL, United Kingdom
  Research Associate STEaPP UCL, United Kingdom
  Consumer Policy and Law Expert Competition and Consumer Protection UNCTAD, Switzerland
  Research Consultant Competition and Consumer Protection UNCTAD, Switzerland
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