Professor David Lacey

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Professor David Lacey


Teaching areas

  • International Security
  • Criminology

Research areas

  • identity security
  • fraud and forensic accounting
  • organisational controls
  • performance measurement and interorganisational theories
  • anti-corruption and integrity frameworks


Professor David Lacey is internationally recognised as a leading expert in identity security and financial crime. He has served as a senior executive across national law enforcement and national security, maintains active involvement with government committees and boards, and has implemented national law enforcement and intelligence capabilities. David is an expert reviewer of government and business integrity, intelligence and performance frameworks. He has been formally recognised as an outstanding public sector leader, won awards for his contribution to national security capabilities, and academic prizes for his research across information systems, criminology, accounting and management. David was awarded his doctorate from Australian National University (ANU) without amendment, and maintains an active involvement with several not-for-profit endeavours in supporting victims of crime. David is Professor of Cybersecurity at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and a senior visiting fellow in criminology and business at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the University of New South Wales.

David is a member of the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at the USC.

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Professional memberships

  • American Society of Criminology
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Australian New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • British Society of Criminology
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand


  • Outstanding Public Sector Leadership Award Finalist 2012 & 2013, Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • Rod Emery Award 2011, Australian Crime Commission
  • Geoffrey Bowen Memorial Award 2005/2006, Australian Crime Commission
  • ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Outstanding Early Career Academic Award 2009
  • Best Paper at the Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (with A/Professor Sigi Goode, ANU)

Potential research projects for HDR and honours students

  • Identity security performance frameworks
  • Impacts of financial crime on individuals, business and government
  • Anti-corruption and integrity framework design
  • Public sector accountability and performance
  • International security developments, particularly in relation to State responses to non-State actor threats
  • Cyber crime and hacktevism

Research grants

Grant / Project name Investigators Funding body Year(s) Focus

Designing a trans-Tasman Identity Theft and Misuse Victim Support Capability

Dr David Lacey and Prof Suresh Cuganesan (USyd)

Joint Commonwealth & NZ Govt Funding (A$200,000)


Conceive, lead and deliver a feasibility study to establish a trans-Tasman identity theft victim support centre (Identity Care Australia & New Zealand Ltd. or iDcare)

Forensic Accounting Research & Teaching – Meeting the Professional Needs?

Dr David Lacey

Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (A$45,000)


Survey of forensic accounting practice and the meeting of learning outcomes from the Australian tertiary sector

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