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Madeleine Nugent

Outreach and Policy Officer

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Madeleine joined the National Security College in March 2019 as an Outreach and Policy Officer. She is also a tutor in security for the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and criminology and political science for the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Previously, Madeleine was a Commonwealth Parliamentary Intern in the Australian Senate conducting research surrounding freedom of the press, threat perception and civil liberties regarding the then proposed National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017. She also worked as a research officer for the ANU Cybercrime Observatory assessing the threat of foreign interference and social manoeuvring in the lead up to the 2019 Federal election, and for the National Security College in 2018.

Madeleine has a Master of National Security Policy from the College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Relations, English, and Art History from the University of Sydney. Key research during her studies includes assessment and analysis of national security frameworks and strategies, foreign interference, malicious networks, terrorism, cyber espionage and civil liberty trade-offs. Current research interests include civil participation in national security, cyberspace as a weapon of statecraft, and foreign influence through social manoeuvring and soft power tactics.

Describing herself as autodidactic and an epistemophilic, Madeleine enjoys ‘brain training’ during her off time. She places within the 98th percentile of ‘super recognisers’, people with heightened facial recognition. She practices photorealistic portraiture and botanical illustrations and has been teaching herself to read music and play the piano from the age of eight. She is also a classically trained violinist.

Madeleine is the Young Australians in International Affairs’ 2019 Cyber Security Fellow.

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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