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Associate Professor Dave Brooks

Associate Professor

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5788
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5811
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO18.321  

David is an Associate Professor within the School of Science and a member of the ECU Security Research Institute.

Current Teaching

  • SCY1108 Building Management Systems
  • SCY2212 Security Risk
  • SCY2107 Threat Detection Systems
  • SCY2108 Security Control Systems


Prior to taking up the Security Science position with Edith Cowan University, David was employed by the Australian Defence Department as the Western Australian Regional Contract Manager for fixed plant and equipment. He was primarily responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of the strategic process of Defence facility plant maintenance.

Previous employment includes seven years within the commercial security environment as a technical consultant and 13 years in the Royal Air Force (UK) as a Development Engineer in Air Defence Radar and Display systems.

David has published over 80 articles, with four books and numerous book chapters and academic journals in Security Science. Books include Security Science: The Theory and Practice of Security, and Corporate Security in the Asia Pacific Region. He actively maintains an involvement in the security industry, engaged in assisting organisations to develop effective security policy and guidance.

Professional Memberships

  • 2020 to present, ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees, Trustee
  • 2009 to present, Security Journal, Advisory Board member
  • 2018 to 2019, ASIS International, Professional Development Council member
  • 2011 to present, ASIS International, WA Chapter Executive member
  • 2016 to 2017, Western Australian, Police Minister’s Security Industry Advisory Committee member

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2004, School of Engineering Distinguished Service Award for Service
  • 2010, Executive Dean’s Award in recognition of continued growth in research profile

Research Areas and Interests

  • Security Science education: Understanding, developing and defining Corporate Security body of knowledge and curriculum
  • Security engineering design methodology
  • Intelligent and Smart building systems: Policy and guidance in mitigating system threats and risks
  • Security risk management: Interrelationship and assessment of threat, criticality and vulnerability
  • Psychometric multidimensional scaling (MDS): To present normative knowledge structure
  • Resilience within Security: Both within an organisation and as a vetting tool.


  • Doctor of Philosophy Science and Mathematics Education, Curtin University of Technology, 2008.
  • Master of Science (Security Science), Edith Cowan University, 2003.
  • BSc (Security Science), Edith Cowan University, 1999.


Recent Research Grants

  • Intelligent Building Security: An investigation into Vulnerabilities, Current Practice and Security Management Best Practice,  ASIS International,  ASIS - Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $79,339.
  • The Efficacy of Pseudonyms: An investigation into Current Research and Application,  Australian Taxation Office,  Grant,  2017,  $20,000.
  • Review of Vulnerability in Smart Grid Appliances and Networks,  Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,  Grant - Research Support For National Security,  2010 - 2012,  $77,154.
  • Building Management Systems Security Vulnerabilities,  Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,  Dept of Prime Minister and Cabinet - Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $19,965.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Coole, M., Brooks, D., (2019), Physical Security: Best Practices. Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management, 1-9, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, DOI:
  • Corkill, J., Brooks, D., Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., Harris, K., Ferguson, C., Harms, C., (2017), The use of resilience indicators to assist in the selection of personnel for employment in classified and covert environments. The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Resilience, 436-450, Abingdon, UK, Routledge.
  • Brooks, D., Corkill, J., Coole, M., (2016), The Australian Security Continuum: National and Corporate Security Gaps from a Surveillance Language Perspective. National Security, Surveillance and Terror: Canada and Australia in Comparative Perspective, 133-154, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-43243-4_6.

Journal Articles

  • Brooks, D., Coole, M., Haskell-Dowland, P., (2020), Intelligent Building Systems: Security and Facility Professionals’ Understanding of System Threats, Vulnerabilities and Mitigation Practice. Security Journal, 33(2), 244–265, United Kingdom, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., DOI:
  • Ludbey, C., Brooks, D., Coole, M., (2019), Corporate security career progression: a comparative study of four Australian organisations. Security Journal, 2019(Article in press), 1-21, United Kingdom, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., DOI:
  • Brooks, D., Coole, M., Corkill, J., (2018), Revealing community security within the Australian security continuum. Security Journal, 31(1), 53-72, United Kingdom, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., DOI: 10.1057/s41284-016-0088-4.
  • Ludbey, C., Brooks, D., Coole, M., (2018), Corporate Security: Identifying and Understanding the Levels of Security Work in an Organisation. Asian Journal of Criminology, 13(2), 109-128, Dordrecht, Netherlands, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s11417-017-9261-x.
  • Coole, M., Brooks, D., Minnaar, A., (2018), Educating the Physical Security Professional: Developing a science based curriculum. Security Journal, 31(2), 524-547, London, United Kingdom, Palgrave Macmillan UK, DOI: 10.1057/s41284-017-0114-1.
  • Ludbey, C., Brooks, D., (2017), Stratum of security practice: Using risk as a measure in the stratification of security works. Security Journal, 30(3), 686-702, United Kingdom, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., DOI: 10.1057/sj.2015.50.
  • Coole, M., Brooks, D., Minnaar, A., (2017), The physical security professional: Mapping a body of knowledge. Security Journal, 30(4), 1169-1197, United Kingdom, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., DOI: 10.1057/s41284-016-0084-8.

Conference Publications

  • Brooks, D., Coole, M., (2017), Codifying knowledge in the development of the discipline of Security Science: Knowledge to diagnose, infer and treat the security problem. Safety and Reliability – Theory and Applications, 2453-2460, Boca Ratan, CRC Press, DOI: 10.1201/9781315210469-309.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A study of facility management knowledge classification for the effective stewardship of existing buildings
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Judging dread: A quantitative investigation of affect, psychometric dread and risk consequence
  • Master of Science (Interdisciplinary Studies),  The corporate security stratum of work: Occupational ceilings, progression, and career success

Adjunct Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Countering-insurgency: A comparative analysis of campaigns in malaya (1948-60), Kenya (1952-60) and rhodesia (1964-1980)
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