Project Advisory Group

An Advisory Group comprising the three Chief Investigators, Partner Investigator and senior representatives of Victoria Police, the AFP, DPC and Corrections Victoria has been established to oversee the project’s governance and direction during its tenure.

The Advisory Group also includes representatives from key community stakeholders such as the Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF). The Advisory Group helps to ensure that the research remains tightly focused, operates within the relevant expenditure parameters, and meets project deadlines.

The Advisory Group also provides advice on issues such as the design of interviews that meet legal and ethical obligations and protect the rights of all project participants. AMF representation is valuable because many project participants were raised in non-English speaking backgrounds, and AMF helps ensure the research remains culturally and religiously sensitive and that its findings are calibrated in accordance with the project’s intention to generate knowledge that fosters social cohesion as well as cross-cultural and interfaith harmony.


Research Team

Chief Investigators:

Associate Professor Pete Lentini
Director, Global Terrorism Research Centre
Faculty of Arts, Monash University

Dr Simon Moss
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology and Psychiatry
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash

Partner Investigator:

Dr Gaetano Joe Ilardi

Dr. Gaetano (Joe) Ilardi has been a police officer with Victoria Police for more than 20 years. During this time he has worked extensively in the fields of criminal and security intelligence. During the past 10 years, he has worked in Victoria Police’s various counter terrorism areas, and for a number of years was the senior intelligence analyst on Operation Pendennis, Australia’s largest counterterrorism investigation. He is currently attached to the Counter Terrorism Coordination Unit, where as the Community Engagement Manager, he identifies and implements strategies to counter violent extremism.

Dr. Ilardi also holds a PhD from Monash University, which examined the role of intelligence and counterintelligence within terrorist organisations, particularly the Irish Republican Army and al Qaeda.

Project Manager:

Rosalind King

Rosalind King has extensive project management experience gained within higher education, international development, the Victorian public sector and through her private consultancy business. For the past 20 years Ros has worked mainly in the higher education sector in various roles involving project management, including business development, research management, academic programs management and course coordination. She has worked across many disciplinary areas with the social sciences, education and training, and international development being her main focus.

Whilst Business Development Manager for the Faculty of Arts at Monash University, Ros worked with the Global Terrorism Research Centre to develop a business plan to assist in obtaining Centre status, and sourced research and consultancy contracts to build relationships with key stakeholders.

Prior to 1990 Ros had an extensive career within the Victorian public sector, working with agencies such as the Public Service Board, Community Services Victoria, Health Commission of Victoria and Department of Agriculture.

Australian Post Graduate Award Industry (PhD candidates):

Kate Barrelle

As a clinical and forensic psychologist, for the last 17 years Kate Barrelle’s career has been centred around people and their well being in a wider social context. Her early career focused on community mental health and children in care. As a partner of Canberra Clinical and Forensic Psychology, the clinical focus of Kate’s practice then included clients with issues related to trauma, pain, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, behaviour problems, and substance abuse. She also worked with perpetrators of violent and sexual crimes, as well as those leaving gangs, cults and extremist groups. Kate was a regular expert legal psychological witness for both the Prosecution and Defence, and undertook psychological assessments for Supreme Court, Criminal Court as well as Children and Family Court matters.

Kate then worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), most recently in Counter-Terrorism. In 2008 Kate participated in the Prime Minister’s Australia 2020 Summit for the International Stream on account of her expertise in prevention of radicalisation. In mid 2009 Kate commenced PhD research into Disengagement from Violent Extremism, within the Australian context.

Bruce McFarlane

Bruce McFarlane has 14 years of operational law enforcement experience with Victoria Police (Australia) and has worked in a variety of investigative, computer forensic and online/security intelligence roles within Australia and the United Kingdom. Bruce has a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations).

Bruce is currently a full-time PhD candidate and researcher at the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University. Supervised by Professor Greg Barton, Bruce’s PhD research project, titled‘ An Examination of Violent Extremist Literature and New Media as a Measure of Radicalisation’, is focusing on how violent extremists interact and utilise the online environment to facilitate terrorist related acts.


Dr Muhammad Bakashmar

Shandon Harris-Hogan

Shandon Harris-Hogan is a researcher at the Global Terrorism Research Centre and a graduate of Monash University’s Master of International Relations program. Shandon’s work surrounds neojihadism and its presence in Australia. More specifically, his research involves the use of social network analysis to track neojihadist activity in Australia and Australia’s links to the global movement. Other areas of expertise include analysis of the structure of terrorist networks and the logic of terrorist tactics and targeting. His work can be found in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, Behavioural Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression and Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict.

Muhammad Iqbal

Muhammad Iqbal is a Researcher at the Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC). He is a graduate of Monash University’s Master of International Relations, completing a dissertation on the historical development of Jemaah Islamiyah in Indonesia. His interests include radical movements in Indonesia and Australia, as well as progressive Islamic thought and movements in Indonesia.

Dr Patrick Kimunguyi

Patrick Kimunguyi holds a PhD in Political Science and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Warsaw. Patrick is a researcher at the Global Terrorism Research Centre, where he is examining radicalization de-radicalisation and terrorism in Europe and the Horn of Africa. He is also a lecturer at the Monash European and EU Centre, teaching The European Union and the Developing Worldas well as Introduction to Peace and Security Studies. He is completing a book on the peace, security and development in EU-Africa relations.

Debra Smith

Debra Smith is currently in the final year of her PhD at Monash University. Her project explores the relationship between emotion and violent political agency. Debra also works as a researcher at the Global Terrorism Research Centre at Monash University.

Andrew Zammit

Andrew Zammit completed a Masters of Counter-Terrorism Studies at Monash University which included a dissertation on radicalisation in Australia. He has also completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in history and politics.

Andrew is currently a researcher at GTReC and a Deputy Editor for Australian Policy Online. He has previously been a sessional tutor for the subject Crisis Zone: International Relations of the Middle East and is co-founder of Bayside Friends of Laleia, a community aid group established to assist development in East Timor. He is also an editor and co-founder of Quarterly Access, a magazine for young writers on international affairs.