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Dr Michael Coole

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5123, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO18.332
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5123
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO18.332  


Michael is a Lecturer in the School of Science and a member of the ECU Security Research Institute.

Current Teaching

  • Intrusion Detection Systems
  • Access Control Systems
  • Closed Circuit Television Systems
  • Facility Management
  • Physical Security
  • Industrial Security Procedures
  • Security and Risk Management
  • Management of the Security Function


  • Served in the Royal Australian Navy as a Clearance Diver
  • Served with the Australian Special Air Service Regiment for Counter-terrorist duties
  • Worked within the correctional security environment in physical, personnel security and emergency management operations
  • Consultant focusing on security related aspects of works projects and Physical Protection Systems assessments (PPS)

Research Areas and Interests

  • Security Decay
  • Security Metrics
  • Mapping the organisational structure of the security profession


  • Doctor of Philiosophy, Curtin University of Technology, 2015.
  • Master of Science (Security Science), Edith Cowan University, 2011.
  • Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety, UNKNOWN, 2010.
  • Bachelor of Science (Security), Edith Cowan University, 2008.


Recent Research Grants

  • Opportunities and Implications of using Artificial Intelligence in the Establishment of Secure Physical Environments,  ASIS International,  ASIS - Grant,  2020,  $47,800.
  • 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.

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:
  • 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, NA(2019), 1-21, United Kingdom, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., DOI:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Coole, M., Brooks, D., Treagust, D., (2015), The physical security professional: formulating a novel body of knowledge. Journal of Applied Security Research, 10(3), 385-410, Binghamton, NY, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/19361610.2015.1038768.

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.
  • Brooks, D., Coole, M., Johnson, C., Corkill, J., Jenkinson, M., (2015), Efficacy of property marking as situational crime prevention strategy. The Proceedings of 8th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 5-11, Perth, WA, Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University.
  • Coole, M., Corkill, J., (2015), Does a weak security discourse provide opportunity for security deviance to flourish?. The Proceedings of [the] 8th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 43-49, online, Edith Cowan University, DOI: 10.4225/75/57a83c12d2cf8.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Interdisciplinary Studies),  The corporate security stratum of work: Occupational ceilings, progression, and career success
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Judging dread: A quantitative investigation of affect, psychometric dread and risk consequence
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