Associate Professor Philip Alpers

Adjunct Associate Professor
Sydney School of Public Health

Telephone +61 404 857075

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Biographical details

Philip Alpers is founding director of GunPolicy.org, a global project of the Sydney School of Public Health which compares armed violence, firearm injury prevention and gun law across 350 jurisdictions world-wide. He is a director of the Centre for Armed Violence Reduction and its AVR Monitor, based in London and Sydney, and acts as regional media contact for the Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG).

Accredited to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action since 2001, Philip Alpers participates in the UN process as a member of the Australian government delegation. A former Senior Fellow at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, Harvard School of Public Health, he presents internationally and testifies at government hearings on firearm injury prevention, law and policy. In a previous career in journalism he hosted two dozen television documentaries, a weekly prime-time consumer affairs show and a dozen television series and programmes for New Zealand public broadcasters.

Philip Alpers is recognised among the ‘Top 100: The most influential people in armed violence reduction’ compiled by the peak international NGO in this field.

Research interests

Firearm injury prevention, firearm-related suicide, unintentional gun death and injury, armed violence, guns in family violence, firearm trafficking, curbing the proliferation of small arms, the impact of small arms on sustainable development, post-conflict disarmament, weapon collection and destruction, regulation of firearms, licensing and registration, enforcement of gun laws, ammunition controls, firearm and ammunition marking and tracing.

Teaching and supervision

Firearm injury prevention, armed violence and development, regulation of firearms, gun homicide, suicide and unintentional shootings

Selected publications

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Books

  • Alpers, P. (2005). Gun-running in Papua New Guinea: From Arrows to Assault Weapons in the Southern Highlands. Geneva: Small Arms Survey.

Book Chapters

  • Alpers, P. (2013). The Big Melt: How One Democracy Changed After Scrapping a Third of Its Firearms. In Daniel W. Webster, Jon S. Vernick (Eds.), Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis, (pp. 205-211). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Alpers, P. (2009). Papua New Guinea: Small Numbers, Big Fuss, Real Results. In A. Karp (Eds.), The Politics of Destroying Surplus Small Arms. United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Alpers, P. (2005). Gun-running: From Arrows to Assault Weapons. In Henderson J; Watson G (Eds.), Securing a Peaceful Pacific, (pp. 475-478). Christchurch: Canterbury University Press.

Journals

  • Chapman, S., Alpers, P. (2013). Gun-related deaths: how Australia stepped off "the American path". Annals of Internal Medicine, 158(10), 770-771. [More Information]
  • Alpers, P. (2008). Papua New Guinea: Small Numbers, Big Fuss, Real Results. Contemporary Security Policy, 29(1), 151-174. [More Information]
  • Chapman, S., Alpers, P., Agho, K., Jones, M. (2006). Australia's 1996 gun law reforms: faster falls in firearm deaths, firearm suicides, and a decade without mass shootings. Injury Prevention, 12(6), 365-372. [More Information]

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Chapman, S., Alpers, P. (2006). Tight gun controls the most powerful weapon. Sydney Morning Herald.

2013

  • Chapman, S., Alpers, P. (2013). Gun-related deaths: how Australia stepped off "the American path". Annals of Internal Medicine, 158(10), 770-771. [More Information]
  • Alpers, P. (2013). The Big Melt: How One Democracy Changed After Scrapping a Third of Its Firearms. In Daniel W. Webster, Jon S. Vernick (Eds.), Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis, (pp. 205-211). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

2009

  • Alpers, P. (2009). Papua New Guinea: Small Numbers, Big Fuss, Real Results. In A. Karp (Eds.), The Politics of Destroying Surplus Small Arms. United Kingdom: Routledge.

2008

  • Alpers, P. (2008). Papua New Guinea: Small Numbers, Big Fuss, Real Results. Contemporary Security Policy, 29(1), 151-174. [More Information]

2006

  • Chapman, S., Alpers, P., Agho, K., Jones, M. (2006). Australia's 1996 gun law reforms: faster falls in firearm deaths, firearm suicides, and a decade without mass shootings. Injury Prevention, 12(6), 365-372. [More Information]
  • Chapman, S., Alpers, P. (2006). Tight gun controls the most powerful weapon. Sydney Morning Herald.

2005

  • Alpers, P. (2005). Gun-running in Papua New Guinea: From Arrows to Assault Weapons in the Southern Highlands. Geneva: Small Arms Survey.
  • Alpers, P. (2005). Gun-running: From Arrows to Assault Weapons. In Henderson J; Watson G (Eds.), Securing a Peaceful Pacific, (pp. 475-478). Christchurch: Canterbury University Press.

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