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Associate Professor Clive Harfield

BA(Hons) Southampton; MSc Portsmouth; LLM Sussex; MA ANU; MPhil Southampton; PhD Southampton   

  • Associate Professor of Cyber Security (Ethics and Investigations Management)
Office location
IC.G 68

Seconded from the National Crime Squad of England and Wales, Clive Harfield was a member of the small multi-agency team that in 2000 researched and wrote the business case for a UK hi-tech crime strategy, securing multi-million pound new government funding with which the team created the UK National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU), and enhanced digital investigation capabilities and capacity in UK local police forces pursuant to the strategy. Whilst serving with the NHTCU, Clive represented UK law enforcement on the G8 Hi-Tech Crime Sub-group advising Heads of Government and Ministers.

On completing this secondment, Clive specialised in covert investigation management and he is an internationally-recognised, published authority on the ethics and governance of covert investigation. For his PhD Clive researched the processes and practicalities of transnational criminal investigation with particular reference to mutual legal assistance and transnational law enforcement co-operation. He has taught and researched criminology, criminal law, investigation and intelligence management, and investigation applied ethics at universities in the UK and Norway as well as in Australia, and in 2001 he held a Fulbright Research Fellowship at Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA.

Clive has experience delivering accredited vocational training in investigation to investigators working for numerous Australian Public Service entities, including (amongst others) the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Defence, the Australian Tax Office, the Integrity Commission Tasmania, and the Ombudsman and Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. For the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and for the Commonwealth Ombudsman, Clive has delivered anti-corruption capacity-building projects in Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea.

Teaching areas

  • The ethics of cyber investigation and cybersecurity
  • Investigation management

Program coordinator

Clive Harfield's specialist areas of knowledge are the ethics of cyber security and investigation and investigation management.

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