News from the Department

Launch of ‘Food Security in Asia – A Report for Policymakers’

12 March, 2013

On 11 March 2013, the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) officially launched ‘Food Security in Asia – A Report for Policymakers’. The launch included an introduction from the Centre’s new Director and Michael Hintze Chair of International Security Studies, Professor James Der Derian.

The culmination of two years’ research by a multidisciplinary project team and funded by the Macarthur Foundation Asia Security Initiative, the report addresses how food-related policies in the region intersect with local and regional food security dynamics and impact upon local communities and across a wider region.

This project, which has been ongoing since 2011, illuminates the poorly understood and inadequately researched nexus between underlying issues shaping the dynamics of food demand and supply on the one hand and political and human insecurity on the other.

At the event, the project team presented its key findings and recommendations to regional academics, policymakers and stakeholders. The event finished with an engaging Q&A session with the project team.

The Centre looks forward to presenting the report to the Macarthur Foundation at the end of March.

To read the report click here.


Contact: Centre for International Security Studies

Phone: 02 9351 2054


Food security Team











The project team and Professor Der Derian: (from left to right) Professor Alan Dupont, Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta, Professor James Der Derian, Chris Baker, Ben Shepherd, Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom and Professor Peter Curson


Prof. James Der Derian and Monika Bartwall Datta











Director of CISS Professor James Der Derian and project team member Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta


Prof. Allan Dupont



Professor Alan Dupont, former Director for International Security Studies and project team member