Before founding Radar Solutions, Shandon worked as a researcher at the Global Terrorism Research Centre (Monash University) and as an analyst for the Australian government. A graduate of Monash University’s Masters of International Relations program, Shandon is currently an Adjunct Fellow at Victoria University.
Shandon’s work focuses on understanding radicalisation and analysing the structure of terrorist networks. Such work has been published in a number of leading academic journals including Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence and Behavioural Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. In 2014 he was named the Future Strategic Writer of the year by the Institute for Regional Security.
Shandon’s applied research focuses on helping to facilitate disengagement from violent extremism through the design, implementation and evaluation of CVE programs and policy.
Since 2010 he has been involved in over a dozen successful Counter-Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism applied research grants (more than half as lead or co-lead researcher) with partner agencies including the Australian Federal Police, the Federal Attorney-General’s Department and the Australia New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee.
Shandon has also delivered presentations at a range of international and domestic academic conferences, lectured in post-graduate university courses and briefed high level government and police officials on issues relating to terrorism, security and international relations.
Shandon speaks about violent extremism in Australia in this 4 Corners Documentary.