Research Programs

CISS is organized into four research and teaching areas: biosecurity, geosecurity, infosecurity and global security.


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In line with our view that military threats are not the only challenges confronting our security, the Biosecurity research program examines the emerging and ongoing challenges associated with disease-related events, biological weapons, unregulated population movements, changing demographic patterns, and the national, regional and multilateral organisations and frameworks designed to improve cooperation. Read more

Researchers: Professor Peter Curson, Associate Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott, Dr. Frank Smith


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A global media revolution – driven by digitized information, proliferating platforms, networked convergence, and the timeless need to connect – has arrived. New global actors emerge and gain advantage through access to networked technology. Local incidents, amplified by social media, cable and broadcast news, escalate into global events. But the power of networks also contains within it a new vulnerability, to cyber attacks, negative synergies, and quantum effects. An interconnected world takes on a new precariousness under media-magnified conditions of complexity, volatility, and uncertainty. Read more

Researchers: Professor James Der Derian, Professor Charlotte Epstein, Associate Professor Simon Reay-Atkinson, Dr. Aim Sinpeng, Dr. Frank Smith


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Research at CISS is predicated on the belief that while war is not the only threat to international security, armed conflict remains a critical and enduring challenge. Our Geosecurity area analyses political violence alongside the resources, institutions, development assistance, technological transformations, and other driving factors that might build peace or trigger armed conflict in regions that directly or indirectly impinge on Australian security interests. Read more

Researchers: Associate Professor Jonathan Bogais, Dr. Minglu Chen, Professor James Der Derian, Dr. Ryan Griffiths, Dr. Justin Hastings, Dr. Sarah Phillips, Dr. James Reilly, Dr. Frank Smith, Dr. Thomas Wilkins, Associate Professor Jingdong Yuan, Associate Professor Susan Park

Global Security

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Global security – in the broadest sense of how we understand, manage, and better an endangered world – cuts across and encompasses many other security issues. Nation-states are beset by new global forces (WMDs, panoptic surveillance, and international regimes), transborder flows (financial, population, environmental, and viral) and complex networks (media, criminal, and terrorist). The ubiquity and velocity of interconnected global events further undermine state-centric efforts to manage global security. Varying in identity, interests, and strength, new global actors - ranging from private security forces to fundamentalist terrorists to transnational criminals to anti-globalisation activists - increasingly compete and gain advantage through networks and non-governmental organizations. Motivated by normative beliefs and enhanced by global media, a diverse group of actors are challenging the monopoly of violence, legitimacy, and information asserted by states. Read more

Researchers: Associate Professor Jonathan Bogais, Professor James Der Derian, Professor Charlotte Epstein, Associate Professor Benjamin Goldsmith, Dr. Megan MacKenzie, Emeritus Professor Roy MacLeod, Professor Iain McCalman, Dr. Gil Merom, Professor Adam David Morton, Dr. Christopher Neff, Dr. Sarah Phillips, Professor David Schlosberg, Dr. Frank Smith, Professor Simon Tormey, Professor Colin Wight, Dr. Thomas Wilkins, Associate Professor Jingdong Yuan, Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor, Professor John Keane, Professor Glenda Sluga, Dr David Smith, Dr Sabine Selchow, Dr Laura Shephard