Dr Frank Smith

Senior Lecturer

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 8987

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Biographical details

Frank Smith’s research and teaching examine the relationship between technology and international security. His focus is on bio and cyber security: particularly on how inaccurate ideas about technology in these fields can influence decisions about war and peace. He is a proponent of interdisciplinary research and education, as well as a cofounder of the Sydney Cyber Security Network.

Research interests

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

Teaching and supervision

Current Courses

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

Current research students

Project title Research student
The Influence of the Justification for the Use of Force on Support for War Over Time Erin HURLEY

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2015

  • Analysing Cyber Defence Coopoeration; Smith F; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

2012

  • Sydney Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity Network (SIBRN); Dhand N, 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, Hunter C, Kamradt-Scott A, Mor S, Salkeld G, Shaw T, Smith F, Wood N; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

Selected publications & creative works

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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. (2015). Conflict, Instability, and Health Security. In Simon Rushton, Jeremy Youde (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Global Health Security, (pp. 141-150). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Smith, F. (2015). Insights into Surveillance from the Influenza Virus and Benefit Sharing Controversy. In Sara Davies, Jeremy Youde (Eds.), The Politics of Surveillance and Response to Disease Outbreaks: The New Frontier for State and Non-State Actors, (pp. 121-136). Farnham: Ashgate.

Journals

  • Kamradt-Scott, A., Harman, S., Wenham, C., Smith, F. (2016). Civil-military cooperation in Ebola and beyond. The Lancet, 387(10014), 104-105. [More Information]
  • Smith, F. (2016). Malware and Disease: Lessons from Cyber Intelligence for Public Health Surveillance. Health Security, 14(5), 305-314. [More Information]
  • Smith, F. (2014). Advancing science diplomacy: Indonesia and the US Naval Medical Research Unit. Social Studies of Science, 44(6), 825-847. [More Information]
  • 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]

Research Reports

  • Kamradt-Scott, A., Harman, S., Wenham, C., Smith, F. (2015). Saving Lives: The Civil-Military Response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney.

2016

  • Kamradt-Scott, A., Harman, S., Wenham, C., Smith, F. (2016). Civil-military cooperation in Ebola and beyond. The Lancet, 387(10014), 104-105. [More Information]
  • Smith, F. (2016). Malware and Disease: Lessons from Cyber Intelligence for Public Health Surveillance. Health Security, 14(5), 305-314. [More Information]

2015

  • Smith, F. (2015). Conflict, Instability, and Health Security. In Simon Rushton, Jeremy Youde (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Global Health Security, (pp. 141-150). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Smith, F. (2015). Insights into Surveillance from the Influenza Virus and Benefit Sharing Controversy. In Sara Davies, Jeremy Youde (Eds.), The Politics of Surveillance and Response to Disease Outbreaks: The New Frontier for State and Non-State Actors, (pp. 121-136). Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Kamradt-Scott, A., Harman, S., Wenham, C., Smith, F. (2015). Saving Lives: The Civil-Military Response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney.

2014

  • Smith, F. (2014). Advancing science diplomacy: Indonesia and the US Naval Medical Research Unit. Social Studies of Science, 44(6), 825-847. [More Information]
  • 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]

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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