Professor Peter Curson

BA MA(Hons) Auckland PhD Tasmania
Professor of Population and Security

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4550

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Biographical details

Professor Peter Curson is a former Head of the School of Earth Sciences and Dean of the Division of Environmental and Life Sciences at Macquarie University. From 2001 until 2006 he was also Director of Macquarie University's Health Studies Program. A medical geographer with degrees from the Universities of Auckland and Tasmania, he has a background in population studies, demography, geography and public health.

The author/editor of seven books/monographs, including studies of plague, population and natural disasters, climate change and health, and health security, Professor Curson has a particular interest in population-health-environment interactions, epidemics of infectious disease and human behaviour, climate change and human health, and the population-health security linkage.

Professor Curson is a member of the National Consultative Group on Biosecurity Issues and the Egg Nutrition Advisory groups' Food Safety Task Force He is also a regular writer for the national media in Australia and New Zealand on population and health issues.

Selected grants

2010

  • Food Security in Asia: Strategic Challenges and Risk Mitigation; Dupont A, Curson P, Barthwal-Datta M, Dupont A, Siegenbeek van Heukelom T, Shepherd B, Lusthaus J; John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation (USA)/Asia Security Initiative.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Curson, P. (2012). Border Conflicts in a German African Colony: Jacob Morengo and the untold tragedy of Edward Presgrave. Edmunds, UK: Arena Books.

Book Chapters

  • Curson, P. (2010). Hysteria at fever pitch. In Justin Healey (Eds.), Infectious Disease, (pp. 29-29). Thirroul: Spinney Press.
  • Curson, P. (2010). Spurning vaccination invites epidemics. In Justin Healey (Eds.), Infectious Disease, (pp. 40-40). Thirroul: Spinney Press.
  • Curson, P., Clark, L. (2004). Pathological Environments. In Robert White (Eds.), Controversies in Environmental Sociology. Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • McCracken, K., Curson, P. (2003). Flu Downunder: A Demographic and Geographic Analysis of the 1919 Pandemic in Sydney. In Howard Phillips and David Killingray (Eds.), The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19: New Perspectives, (pp. 110-131). United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Journals

  • Curson, P. (2010). Swine Flu – the First Pandemic of the 21st Century. Geodate.
  • Curson, P. (2009). Migration Blues. The Diplomat.
  • Curson, P. (2008). Smallpox Redux: An Australian Perspective. Security Challenges, 4(3), 99-114.
  • Curson, P., McCracken, K. (2006). An Australian Perspective of the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 17(7-8), 103-107.
  • Curson, P. (2006). The Geography of Pandemics. Geodate, 19(2), 1-5.
  • Howitt, R., McCracken, K., Curson, P. (2005). Australian Indigenous Health – What issues Contribute to a National Crisis and Scandal? Geodate, 18(1), 8-15.
  • Hess, I., Curson, P., Plant, A. (2005). Outbreaks: The Past, Present and Future. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 16(5), 94-95.

Conferences

  • Curson, P. (2008). Epidemics and Pandemics in Australia - Signposts, Lessons and Challenges. Biosecurity Challenges for Australia and its Region Conference 2008, Australia: National Centre for Biosecurity.
  • Curson, P. (2006). Pandemics, Panic and Bird Flu - the Globalisation of Fear. International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on Health and the Environment Conference 2006, Australia: International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission.

Report

  • Curson, P., McRandle, B. (2005). Plague Anatomy: Health security from pandemics to bioterrorism.

Other

  • Curson, P. (2005), Invisible enemies: Infectious disease and national security in Australia.

2012

  • Curson, P. (2012). Border Conflicts in a German African Colony: Jacob Morengo and the untold tragedy of Edward Presgrave. Edmunds, UK: Arena Books.

2010

  • Curson, P. (2010). Hysteria at fever pitch. In Justin Healey (Eds.), Infectious Disease, (pp. 29-29). Thirroul: Spinney Press.
  • Curson, P. (2010). Spurning vaccination invites epidemics. In Justin Healey (Eds.), Infectious Disease, (pp. 40-40). Thirroul: Spinney Press.
  • Curson, P. (2010). Swine Flu – the First Pandemic of the 21st Century. Geodate.

2009

  • Curson, P. (2009). Migration Blues. The Diplomat.

2008

  • Curson, P. (2008). Epidemics and Pandemics in Australia - Signposts, Lessons and Challenges. Biosecurity Challenges for Australia and its Region Conference 2008, Australia: National Centre for Biosecurity.
  • Curson, P. (2008). Smallpox Redux: An Australian Perspective. Security Challenges, 4(3), 99-114.

2006

  • Curson, P., McCracken, K. (2006). An Australian Perspective of the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 17(7-8), 103-107.
  • Curson, P. (2006). Pandemics, Panic and Bird Flu - the Globalisation of Fear. International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on Health and the Environment Conference 2006, Australia: International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission.
  • Curson, P. (2006). The Geography of Pandemics. Geodate, 19(2), 1-5.

2005

  • Howitt, R., McCracken, K., Curson, P. (2005). Australian Indigenous Health – What issues Contribute to a National Crisis and Scandal? Geodate, 18(1), 8-15.
  • Curson, P. (2005), Invisible enemies: Infectious disease and national security in Australia.
  • Hess, I., Curson, P., Plant, A. (2005). Outbreaks: The Past, Present and Future. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 16(5), 94-95.
  • Curson, P., McRandle, B. (2005). Plague Anatomy: Health security from pandemics to bioterrorism.

2004

  • Curson, P., Clark, L. (2004). Pathological Environments. In Robert White (Eds.), Controversies in Environmental Sociology. Australia: Cambridge University Press.

2003

  • McCracken, K., Curson, P. (2003). Flu Downunder: A Demographic and Geographic Analysis of the 1919 Pandemic in Sydney. In Howard Phillips and David Killingray (Eds.), The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19: New Perspectives, (pp. 110-131). United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

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