Disease-related events, biological weapons, unregulated population movements and changing demographic patterns pose constantly evolving challenges to security. Key amongst these is how national, regional and multilateral organisations and frameworks rapidly respond and adapt to biosecurity events.
We examine the following questions:
Our biosecurity research examines these challenges and produces policy-relevant outputs for Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the global community.
Gender in war and peace has a long history but only recently has the relationship gained appropriate attention in the field of international security. Drawing on the knowledge of our unique group of experts, the Centre initiates research into critical issues of gender, peace and security.
Research questions under investigation include:
Gender security asks critical questions, challenges easy assumptions and seeks alternative solutions to global violence.
While war is not the only threat to international security, armed conflict is a critical and enduring challenge. Our geosecurity research examines the driving factors of political violence, such as natural resource competition, environmental disasters, political and civil conflict, developmental inequalities and technology races. We question the impact of these factors as triggers for armed conflict and challenges to peace-building.
Questions we seek to address include:
Our geosecurity research explores local, regional and global responses to issues emerging from the competition for natural resources, wealth and power.
Associate Professor Jonathan Bogais, Dr Minglu Chen, Professor James Der Derian, Dr Ryan Griffiths, Dr Justin Hastings, Associate Professor Sarah Phillips, Dr James Reilly, Dr Frank Smith, Dr Thomas Wilkins, Associate Professor Jingdong Yuan, Associate Professor Susan Park.
Digitised information, proliferating digital platforms, networked convergence and the timeless need to connect have changed our world. Technology-savvy global actors have harnessed this revolution to their advantage, while social media and a relentless news cycle transform local incidents into global events. Our hyperconnected world is precarious, made vulnerable by cyber attacks, negative synergies and quantum effects.
Our infosecurity research tackles the big questions presented by an information revolution:
The Centre works in collaboration with the School of Information Technologies, the Sydney Cybersecurity Network and the Sydney Nano Institute to analyse and interpret technical and social issues presented by the latest stages of the information revolution.
Professor James Der Derian, Professor Charlotte Epstein, Professor John Keane, Professor Megan MacKenzie, Emeritus Professor Roy MacLeod, Associate Professor Simon Reay-Atkinson, Dr Aim Sinpeng, Dr Frank Smith
Regional security addresses a multitude of security issues at the local level. Trends and threats such as weapons of mass destruction, digital surveillance, the transborder flow of money, people and diseases, and complex media, criminal and terrorist networks, pose new challenges at the regional level. While these challenges exceed the capacities of individual states and international institutions, new regional institutions are emerging to provide security.
We examine the following questions:
Associate Professor Jonathan Bogais, Professor James Der Derian, Professor Iain McCalman, Dr Gil Merom, Professor Adam Morton, Dr Christopher Neff, Associate Professor Brendan O'Connor, Associate Professor Sarah Phillips, Dr Sabine Selchow, Dr David Smith, Dr Frank Smith, Professor Simon Tormey, Professor Colin Wight, Dr Thomas Wilkins, Associate Professor Jingdong Yuan