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Centre for International Security Studies among the world’s best research centres

2 February 2018
Second in Australia and 34th in the world
The Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) is ranked second in Australia and 34 in the world for best university-affiliated research centres, according to the 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

The Global Go To Think Tank Index Report combines survey analysis from more than 3,750 university faculty and administrators, journalists, policymakers, think tank scholars and executives and donors, with expert input from more 900 Regional, Functional and Special Areas of Distinction Panels.

The Index places emphasis on leadership; quality and reputation of staff, research and publications; impact on policy actors; ability to bridge the gap between academics and policymakers; use of electronic, print and new media to reach key audiences; and effective fulfilment of the terms of gifts, grants and other financial support.

Our ranking is a reflection of CISS’s ability to produce new knowledge and alternative ideas, and to force-multiply our message through innovative use of transmedia.
James Der Derian, CISS Director

“This ranking is significant”, said CISS Director James Der Derian, “because of the high-quality of the global company in which we find ourselves as well as the rigorous methodology which was used to determine the rankings.

“It is also special because CISS is a relatively small centre with a focus on critical approaches to non-traditional security issues.  Our ranking is a reflection of CISS’s ability to produce new knowledge and alternative ideas, and to force-multiply our message through innovative use of transmedia.”

CISS was established in 2006 through a gift from Sir Michael Hintze, and addresses pressing issues related to geosecurity, biosecurity, infosecurity and global security.

For the past four years CISS has led Project Q, a transdisciplinary investigation into the societal and strategic implications of quantum innovation supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.