Dr. Kacper Gradon
Dr. Kacper Gradon is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Warsaw and the Director of the Center for Forensic & Investigative Sciences (University of Warsaw). He is also an Associate Visiting Professor at UCL Department of Security and Crime Science (since 2010) as well as the University College London Honorary Senior Research Associate. Currently, he is a Visiting Fulbright Professor at University of Colorado Boulder (Institute of Behavioral Science, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence).
Both his Masters (2000) and Doctoral (2008, Magna cum Laude) dissertations address the issues of multiple homicide, crime prevention, criminal analysis and offender profiling. He has over 17 years of experience in research projects and teaching related to Homicide Investigation, Crime Scene Analysis, Forensic & Investigative Science, Cyber Crime, as well as Violent Extremism, Radicalization and Terrorism that he gained in Poland, UK, Canada and the USA. He has spoken at almost 200 academic and Police conferences and seminars across Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and India.
Dr. Gradon worked for 3 years at the General Headquarters of the Polish National Police, where he participated in the creation of the Criminal Analysis and Criminal Intelligence Units. He also completed the London Metropolitan Police Specialist Operations Training of Hostage Negotiations, as well as several other Police courses in preventing and combating crime, led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Dutch Police, Guardia di Finanza, Bundeskriminalamt, Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He also provided training to over 200 U.S. law-enforcement officers as a guest instructor at Portland Police Training Division. Most recently, he completed the National Cyber-Forensics Training Alliance course “Conducting Cyber Research and Analysis in the Dark Web”.
Kacper Gradon is a recipient of three research scholarships funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and he was awarded three major research grants presented by the Polish Ministry of Science. He also received the “Scientific Mobility” scholarship of the Minister of Science, which allowed him to set up a permanent co-operation with University College London. His Ph.D. Thesis received the Polish Forensic Association “Scholarship for Young Experts in Forensics for Outstanding Achievements in Forensic Studies“. He was also awarded the “Best Young Professor” scholarship by the Polish “Modern University” Programme. In October 2011 he received the most prestigious award of the Polish Ministry of Science: „The Scholarship for Outstanding Academics”. In 2014, he was awarded the National Centre for Research and Development grant SIMS (Science Infrastructure Management Support) for a month-long training at the Max-Planck Institute, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Institute (Germany) and the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (USA). In 2015 he was awarded the “Polityka Weekly” National Science Award. His most recent honour is the U.S. Department of State Fulbright Senior Award.
Dr. Gradon has previously lectured and held Visiting Professorships at University College London, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Southern California, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY, University of Greenwich and Memorial University of Newfoundland and has co-operated closely with other academic institutions such as Harvard University Law School: Berkman Center for the Internet & Society and Stanford University. He designed and has been a leader of the first hands-on crime scene analysis workshops in Poland, called “CSI: Warsaw”.
Kacper’s current research interest address new techniques used in prevention of violent crime. He focuses on the application of digital and Internet forensics and analysis to forecasting and combating criminal and terrorist acts. His work also includes the practical aspects and tactics of crime scene investigation as well as surveillance technologies and integrated crime prevention (including Open Source Intelligence). He is an author of two academic books and several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles.
As the Director of the University of Warsaw Centre for Forensic & Investigative Sciences (CF&IS) he is responsible for the Research & Development in the first independent, interdisciplinary, University-led institution of that kind in Poland. He also heads the CF&IS Postgraduate Studies in Forensic Sciences and Evidence Law.
Kacper Gradon was the UoW Primary Investigator and the Steering Committee Member in the European Commission FP7 Project PRIME (“Preventing, Interdicting and Mitigating Extremism: Defending Against Lone Actor Extremist Events”). PRIME is an FP7 project of University College London, Kings College London, Aarhus University, University of Leiden, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Warsaw. The PRIME Project run for 36 months (2014-2017).