Dr Frank Smith

Lecturer

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Frank Smith specializes in technology and international security. His research and teaching examine how organizations and institutions mediate the relationship between scientific facts, technical artifacts, and international security. He is particularly interested in biosecurity and cybersecurity, including biodefense policy in the United States, international responses to transnational outbreaks of infectious disease, and defencecooperation in cyberspace.

Research interests

  • Biological warfare and bioterrorism
  • Cyber defence
  • Global health governance
  • Quantum computing

Teaching and supervision

Current Courses

  • GOVT2617 – Introduction to Non-Traditional Security
  • GOVT3996 – Science, Technology, and International Security
  • CISS6022 – Cybersecurity

Current projects

Selected Conference Papers

Smith, F 2012, "Enduring Stereotypes: Quantitative Analysis of 'WMD' and Related Terms in Military Doctrine", paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, USA.

Smith, F 2011, "Science Diplomacy or Espionage? Indonesia and the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit", paper presented at the Griffith Asia Institute Research Seminar, Griffith University.

Smith, F 2010, "Power, Interest, and Risk: Governing Outbreaks of Infectious Disease", paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, USA.

Smith, F 2009, "Risky Prospects: Transnational Conflict and Cooperation during Disease Outbreaks", paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada.

Smith, F 2009, "Military and Civilian Biodefense in the United States: A Historical Perspective", paper presented at the National Centre for Biosecurity Symposium, University of Sydney.

Smith, F 2008, "Military Biodefense – A Casualty of Kinetic Warfare?", paper presented at the Center for International Security and Cooperation Research Seminar, Stanford University.

Smith, F 2006, "Cultural Neglect? Explaining the Limits of Military Biodefense", paper presented at the Program on International Security Policy, University of Chicago.

Smith, F 2005, "Assessing the Threat of Biological Weapons to the U.S. Military", paper presented at the National Defense Research Institute, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica USA.

Smith, F 2004, "Technology Trajectories – Modeling the Effects of Social and Technical Diversity on Technological Development", paper presented at the Proceedings of Agent 2004 – Social Dynamics: Interaction, Reflexivity and Emergence, Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago USA, 7-9 October.

Selected grants

2012

  • Sydney Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity Network (SIBRN); Sorrell T, Bennett B, Booy R, Crawford J, Dwyer D, Gilbert G, Giles F, Holmes A, Hossain L, Iredell J, Jones C, Kesson A, Kerridge I, Marais B, Simpson S, Sintchenko V, Ward M, Werder O, Britton W, Dhand N, Hunter C, Kamradt-Scott A, Mor S, Salkeld G, Shaw T, Smith F, Wood N; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Smith, F. (2014). American Biodefense: How Dangerous Ideas about Biological Weapons Shape National Security. Ithaca, United States: Cornell University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Smith, F. (2014). Conflict, Instability, and Health Security. In Simon Rushton and Jeremy Youde (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Health Security, (pp. 141-150). London and New York: Routledge.

Journals

  • Smith, F., Kamradt-Scott, A. (2014). Antipodal biosecurity? Oversight of dual use research in the United States and Australia. Frontiers in Public Health, 2, 1-3. [More Information]
  • Hall, I., Smith, F. (2013). The Struggle for Soft Power in Asia: Public Diplomacy and Regional Competition. Asian Security, 9(1), 1-18. [More Information]
  • Smith, F. (2012). Insights into surveillance from the influenza virus and benefit sharing controversy. Global Change, Peace and Security, 24(1), 71-81. [More Information]
  • Smith, F. (2011). A casualty of kinetic warfare: Military research, development, and acquisition for biodefense. Security Studies (Quarterly), 20(4), 663-696. [More Information]

2014

  • Smith, F. (2014). American Biodefense: How Dangerous Ideas about Biological Weapons Shape National Security. Ithaca, United States: Cornell University Press.
  • Smith, F., Kamradt-Scott, A. (2014). Antipodal biosecurity? Oversight of dual use research in the United States and Australia. Frontiers in Public Health, 2, 1-3. [More Information]
  • Smith, F. (2014). Conflict, Instability, and Health Security. In Simon Rushton and Jeremy Youde (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Health Security, (pp. 141-150). London and New York: Routledge.

2013

  • Hall, I., Smith, F. (2013). The Struggle for Soft Power in Asia: Public Diplomacy and Regional Competition. Asian Security, 9(1), 1-18. [More Information]

2012

  • Smith, F. (2012). Insights into surveillance from the influenza virus and benefit sharing controversy. Global Change, Peace and Security, 24(1), 71-81. [More Information]

2011

  • Smith, F. (2011). A casualty of kinetic warfare: Military research, development, and acquisition for biodefense. Security Studies (Quarterly), 20(4), 663-696. [More Information]

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