Professor David Lacey


Dr David Lacey

USC Research Fellow, Defence, Security and Resilience theme leader


Dr David Lacey is a Senior Research Fellow and Theme Leader of Defence and Security with the Centre for Human Factors & Sociotechnical Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He has worked as an executive across the national security community for more than fifteen years. His research centres upon examining causal relationships within identity ecosystems, designing knowledge-based authentication frameworks, and evaluating intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system optimisation. David is a Board Member of iDcare, the Australian and New Zealand Government launched national identity support service, and is Research Program Leader within their National Identity Lab. David publishes his research across information systems, law, criminology, public administration, and consumer affairs. He maintains a weekly column entitled “Hacked Off” with the ARN Media newspaper network and supervises postgraduate and honours students within Australia and abroad. David maintains an active role on several boards and government expert committees, such as the Chair of the CrimTrac Audit & Risk Committee, the Office of National Assessments Risk & Audit Committee, and the Griffith University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Industry Advisory Board.

Selected Publications (see publications page for full list)

Lacey, D., Cuganesan, S., Goode, S., and Jacobs, K. (2012) “Celebrating adversity: Inter-organizational dependency and public sector performance reporting in the Australian Federal Police”, Public Administration, 90.2: 393-411

Goode, S., and Lacey, D. (2011) “Detecting complex account fraud in the enterprise: The role of technical and non-technical controls”, Decision Support Systems, 50,4: 702-714

Cuganesan, S., & Lacey, D. (2003). Identity fraud in Australia: An evaluation of its nature, cost and extent. Sydney: SAI Global Publishing

Lacey, D., & Cuganesan, S. (2004) “The role of organizations in identity theft response: The organization-individual victim dynamic”, Journal of Consumer Affairs, 38, 2: 244-261. 

Cuganesan, S. and Lacey, D. (2011) “Developments in public sector performance measurement: a project on producing return on investment metrics for law enforcement.” Financial Accountability & Management, 27, 4: 458-479.

Lacey, D., & Salmon, P. M. (2015). It’s Dark in There: Using Systems Analysis to Investigate Trust and Engagement in Dark Web Forums. In Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics (pp. 117-128). Springer International Publishing.