Alexander Chance

Alexander Chance

Senior Research Fellow


Alexander Chance


Alex Chance


Dr Alexander Chance is Head of Policy and Research at Transparency International (TI) Ireland, where he leads programmes on anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and public sector/political integrity. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Azure Forum for Contemporary Security Strategy, an Associate Fellow within the Organised Crime and Corruption Programme at RUSI, and an accredited mediator.

Alexander specialises in strategic approaches to transnational organised crime and corruption, including in conflict-affected and peacebuilding contexts, and has over 20 years’ experience working on these issues at both practitioner and policy levels in diverse international settings. In his early career, he conducted research for the UN in Geneva before coordinating sensitive mediation processes in the Middle East and West Africa. He then entered UK law enforcement, where he served in operational, strategy and management positions focused on tackling corruption, cyber-crime, international drug trafficking and money laundering, including five years deployed in South America.

Alexander completed his PhD at Trinity College Dublin, where his doctoral research examined the relationship between organised crime, governance and liberal peacebuilding in post-war Mozambique. He also holds an MPhil with Distinction in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin, and a BA in Law and Politics from Durham University.

Recent papers and lectures

Recent Papers and Lectures

‘Ireland’s place in the global cocaine trade: Implications for public security. Article in Strategic Insights, The Azure Forum for Contemporary Security Strategy, 11th May 2023.

‘Ireland: Organised crime, illicit enterprise and/or violent extremism’. Panel discussion with Orla Lynch, Dr Lynsey Black and Dr James Windle at the 24hr Conference on Global Organized Crime, organised by the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC), 14th October 2022.

‘Exploring Serious Organised Crime across the UK and Ireland: Towards a shared understanding of a shared threat’. Report for The Azure Forum for Contemporary Security Strategy, Dublin, March 2022.

Winning the peace, losing the state? Organised crime, governance and liberal peacebuilding in post-war Mozambique. PhD thesis, Trinity College, The University of Dublin, December 2021.

‘Safe Haven? Targeting the Proceeds of Foreign Corruption in Ireland’, Report co-authored with Dr Colin King for Transparency International Ireland, Dublin, February 2021.

‘Corruption, Organised Crime and Conflict in Mozambique: Exploring the Role of International Donors’. Article in Strategic Insights, The Azure Forum for Contemporary Security Strategy, Dublin, 21st February 2021.

‘International responses to transnational organised crime’. Guest lectures for the Criminology, Crime and Society course at Queen’s University Belfast, 2019 & 2021.

‘Exploring the connections between organised crime, elite corruption and western peacebuilding in post-war environments’. Online and static poster displayed at the Inspiring Generations 2020 exhibition, hosted by the Trinity Long Room Hub Research Institute, November 2019.

‘Foreign justice? Assessing the rule of law component of liberal peacebuilding in post-war Mozambique, and its implications for transnational organised crime’. Paper presented at the Transitional Justice and Borders conference, hosted by the UK-Ireland Transitional Justice Network at Trinity College Dublin, 8th July 2019.

‘Dialogue, Peace and Reconciliation: Learning to disagree well’. Guest lecture to graduates at the Irish School of Ecumenics Annual Commencements Event, Trinity College Dublin, 16th April 2019.

‘The Challenges of Peacebuilding: The case of post-war Mozambique’, Guest lectures for the Politics of Peace and Conflict course at Trinity College Dublin, 2018, 2021 & 2022.

‘A Criminalised Peace? The impact of organised crime and corruption on peacebuilding in Kosovo’. Module on SDG 16 for Trinity College Dublin’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Achieving Sustainable Development, hosted by FutureLearn, 2017-20.