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Associate Professor Rebecca Adler-Nissen

Rebecca Adler-Nissen’s research focuses on International Relations theory (especially International Political Sociology); diplomacy, sovereignty and European integration as well as fieldwork, participant observation and anthropological methods in IR. Rebecca Adler-Nissen has been a visiting scholar at the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies, McGill University/Université de Montréal and the European University Institute in Florence. She is former Head of Section at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010-2011).

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Professor Alison Bashford

Alison Bashford is Professor of History at the University of Sydney, and the Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History and Fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge. In 2014 she publishes Global Population: History, Geopolitics and Life on Earth (Columbia University Press, 2014) and a second edition of Medicine at the Border: disease, globalization and security, 1850 to the present. She also leads an interdisciplinary project on Sydney’s Quarantine Station, linked with Angel Island, San Francisco and Grosse Île, Quebec. She is currently writing a book with Joyce E. Chaplin, Harvard University, on Malthus and the New World.

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Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta

Monika Barthwal-Datta is a Lecturer in International Security in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. Monika’s research areas include critical security studies, securitisation theory, human security and the international politics of South Asia. Between 2011 and 2012, Monika led a 2-year research project on ‘Food Security in Asia’ funded by the MacArthur Foundation under its Asia Security Initiative (ASI) at the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS), University of Sydney. Her forthcoming monograph, Food Security in Asia, is an outcome of the project and is being published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London as part of their Adelphi book series in early 2014. Monika is also the author of Understanding Security Practices in South Asia: Securitization Theory and the Role of Non-State Actors (Routldge 2012).

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Associate Professor Kathleen M Vogel

Kathleen Vogel is an associate professor at Cornell University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Science and Technology Studies and the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.  Vogel holds a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from Princeton University. Prior to joining the Cornell faculty, Vogel was appointed as a William C. Foster Fellow in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Proliferation Threat Reduction in the Bureau of Nonproliferation. Vogel has also spent time as a visiting scholar at the Cooperative Monitoring Center, Sandia National Laboratories and the Center for Nonprolif­eration Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies. Her research focuses on studying the social and technical dimensions of bioweapons threats and the production of knowledge in intelligence assessments on WMD issues.

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Professor Thomas Biersteker

Thomas Biersteker is the Gasteyger Professor of International Security and Conflict Studies and Director of the Programme for the Study of International Governance at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. He served as Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University from 1994 to 2006 and has also taught at Yale University and the University of Southern California. He is the author/editor/co-editor of nine books, including State Sovereignty as Social Construct (1996), The Emergence of Private Authority in Global Governance (2002), and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (2007). He is currently completing an edited volume on UN Targeted Sanctions as Instruments of Global Governance. His current research focuses on UN targeted sanctions, the emergence of transnational policy networks in global security governance, and the dialectics of world orders. He was the principal developer of SanctionsApp, a tool for iPhone and Android mobile devices created in 2013 to increase access to information and improve the quality of discourse about targeted sanctions at the UN Security Council.

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Professor Roland Bleiker

Roland Bleiker is Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland.   Having worked as a Swiss diplomat in the Korean DMZ, he is interested in exploring the theory-practice nexus through interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches. His most recent book is Aesthetics and World Politics and he is currently working on a collaborative follow-up project that examines show images shape responses to humanitarian crises.

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Professor James Der Derian

Professor James Der Derian is the Michael Hintze chair of International Security and director of the Centre for International Security Studies. His research and teaching interests are in international security, information technology, international theory, and documentary film. He is author most recently of Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network and Critical Practices in International Theory. He has produced four film documentaries: Virtual Y2K, After 9/11, Human Terrain and Project Z.

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Professor Stefan Elbe

Stefan Elbe is Professor of International Relations and Director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Global Health Policy at the University of Sussex. He has published widely on global health security, including Security and Global Health: Towards the Medicalization of Insecurity (Polity Press), Virus Alert: Security, Governmentality and the AIDS Pandemic (Columbia University Press) and Strategic Implications of HIV/AIDS (Oxford University Press). Professor Elbe has served as the Head of the International Relations Department at the University of Sussex, and as Director of Research for the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex. He is Chair of the Global Health Section of the International Studies Association, and Co-Convener of the Global Health Working Group of the British International Studies Association. Professor Elbe has served as an expert scientific advisor to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and more.

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Dr Charlotte Epstein

Dr Charlotte Epstein’s work examines discourse theory, critical security studies and global environmental politics. In her book, The Power of Words in International Relations: Birth of An Anti-Whaling Discourse, she approaches the topic of whaling both as an object of analysis in its own right and as a lens for examining the role of discursive power in international relations.

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Dr Bates Gill

Dr Bates Gill commenced as CEO of the US Studies Centre in October 2012 after a five year appointment as the Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. He previously led major research programmes at public policy think tanks in Washington, DC (Brookings Institution and Center for Strategic and International Studies) and in Monterey, California (Monterey Institute of International Studies). He has also served as a consultant to US companies, foundations, and government agencies, especially with regard to their policies in Asia. He received his PhD in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, and, in addition to his experience in the USA, has lived and worked for lengthy periods in France, Switzerland, Sweden, and China.

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Dr Ryan Griffiths

Dr Ryan Griffiths is a lecturer in the Department of Government and IR at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on three loosely related areas. The first examines the dynamics of secession with a particular emphasis on the causes of secessionist conflict over time. The second area investigates the organisation of the international system, with a specific interest in sovereignty and different types of political order. The third research area looks at the rise of China, with a general interest in theories of power transition and the question of whether China will seek to accept, overturn, or modify existing international norms.

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Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN

Vice Admiral Griggs joined the Adelaide Port Division of the Royal Australian Navy Reserve in 1978 as a radio operator and entered the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell on a short service commission in 1979. In June 2011, Vice Admiral Griggs assumed command of the Royal Australian Navy. Between 1995 and 1997 Vice Admiral Griggs served as commissioning Executive Officer of HMAS Anzac, helping to bring the ANZAC class into service. In October 2001 he assumed command of the ANZAC Class frigate HMAS Arunta and was immediately involved in border protection duties as part of Operation RELEX. Arunta then deployed to the Persian Gulf to enforce United Nations sanctions against Iraq and in support of the War on Terror. The ship was recognised for her efforts by being awarded the Duke of Gloucester’s Cup for being the most operationally efficient ship in the RAN fleet for 2002.

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Assistant Professor Jairus Grove

My work, so far, has centered on the ecologies and futures of global warfare. I am interested in the ways war continues to expand, bringing an ever greater collection of participants and technologies into the gravitational pull of violent conflict. I am also interested in various approaches to global relations such as systems theory, cybernetics, and complexity theory, as well as the role new media play in altering the interfaces of global relations. In my spare time I collect vinyl and co-edit The Contemporary Condition with William E. Connolly.

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Professor Lene Hansen

Lene Hansen is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Copenhagen and currently a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for International Security Studies, University of Sydney. Her research interests centre on the history of Security Studies and International Relations theory with a particular emphasis on critical, poststructuralist and feminist approaches. Lene has written on a series of events and cases, including cyber security, the Danish Muhammad Cartoon Crisis, and the Bosnian War. For the next four years she is directing the research project Images and International Security, funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research. She is the author of Security as Practice: Discourse Analysis and the Bosnian War and the co-author with Barry Buzan of The Evolution of International Security Studies.

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Dr Justin Hastings

Dr Justin Hastings is a senior lecturer in International Relations and Comparative Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, where he is also affiliated with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, theChina Studies Centre and Centre of International Security Studies. His research is mostly focused on gray and black markets, rogue states and the structure and behaviour of clandestine non-state actors, such as terrorists, maritime piracy, smugglers, organized criminals, insurgents and nuclear weapons proliferators, primarily in Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean.

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Professor Peter Hayes

Peter Hayes is Professor of International Relations, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia and Director, Nautilus Institute in Berkeley, California. He works at the nexus of security, environment and energy policy problems. Best known for innovative cooperative engagement strategies in North Korea, he has developed techniques at Nautilus Institute for seeking near-term solutions to global security and sustainability problems and applied them in East Asia, Australia, and South Asia. Peter has worked for many international organizations including UN Development Programme, Asian Development Bank, and Global Environment Facility. He was founding director of the Environment Liaison Centre in Kenya in 1975. He has traveled, lived, and worked in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa. He has visited North Korea seven times. He was born in Melbourne Australia; today he is a dual national of Australia and the United States. He is married with two children.

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Professor Duncan Ivison

Professor Duncan Ivison is the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, where he teaches in the Department of Philosophy. He has also taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, the Department of Politics at the University of York (UK) and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University in Canberra. Duncan did his BA at McGill University in Montreal, where he grew up, and his MSc and PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Carolin Kaltofen

Carolin Kaltofen is a PhD researcher from the Department of International Politics at the University of Aberystwyth. Her research concentrates on the philosophical underpinnings of embedded and embodied interaction with new technology, specifically games and simulations that are used to train the military and political actors. Carolin received her MSc in Critical Security Studies from the University of Aberystwyth and completed her BA in International Relations with Spanish at the University of Sussex. Carolin has held several research positions in projects looking at international arms trade, moral agency and the responsibility of institutions. She currently holds a research grant from the Doctoral Training Centre of Wales and a scholarship from the British Economic and Social Research Council funding her doctoral research. Carolin is also a visiting researcher at The University of Sydney.

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Professor John Keane

John Keane is Director of the newly-founded Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IDHR) and Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB). His most recent book, The Life and Death of Democracy (2009), was short-listed for the 2010 Non-Fiction Prime Minister’s Literary Award. His new book, Democracy and Media Decadence is forthcoming.

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Dr Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is a Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, Adjunct Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS, Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Senior Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He is co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012) and author of How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011) and The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008). In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.”

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Professor Roy MacLeod

Professor Roy MacLeod is a historian of international science and technology, who writes about nuclear history, the history of chemical weapons, science and strategy; the role of scientific intellectuals in the Cold War; the history of global movements in scientific ideas; and the emerging role of space science in the strategic vision of India, China and Asia-Pacific. He was founding co-editor of Social Studies of Science, and for many years the editor of Minerva, where he convened several special issues on security and scientific intelligence.

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Dr Katina Michael

Dr Katina Michael (PhD, MTransCrimPrev, BIT, SMIEEE) is an associate professor in the School of Information Systems and Technology at the University of Wollongong. She is presently the Associate Dean International in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences. Michael’s research interests are in the socio-ethical implications of emerging technologies with an emphasis on national security. Author and editor of six books on topics related to automatic identification, location-based services and surveillance, Michael has written over a hundred peer reviewed papers. In 2012 she became the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine editor-in-chief. She is also an editorial board member of Elsevier’s Computers & Security journal, and Springer’s Social Network Analysis and Mining journal. She is presently the Vice-Chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation and has previously spoken as a consumer representative. Michael has conducted research on the regulatory environment surrounding the tracking and monitoring of people for which she was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery grant.

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Professor Sarah Percy

Sarah Percy is Professor of International Relations at the University of Western Australia. Before coming to UWA, Sarah was University Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Merton College. Sarah’s research focuses on unconventional combatants, including mercenaries, private security companies and pirates. She is interested in the relationship between criminal activity and international security, and the crossover between international relations and international law. She has published widely on mercenaries, pirates, and private security companies, in journals including International Organization and the Journal of Strategic Studies. Her book, Mercenaries, was published by Oxford University Press.

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Dr Sarah Phillips

Dr Sarah Phillips, a lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, spent several years living and working in Yemen and has advised numerous Western governments and aid agencies on matters relating to Yemen and the Middle East. Her most recent book, Yemen and the Politics of Permanent Crisis, analyses the nature of the country’s informal institutionsamid rapid political and social change.

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Professor David Reilly

Professor David Reilly is an experimental physicist working at the interface of quantum science, nanoscale condensed matter systems, and cryogenic electronics and hardware. Professor Reilly completed his Ph.D at UNSW in 2002 on correlated electron phenomena in low-dimensional nanoelectronic devices. From 2005-2008 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University with Professor Charlie Marcus, working on spin qubits. He returned to Australia in 2008 to lead a new research group, the Quantum Nanoscience Laboratory, in the School of Physics at Sydney. He is a member of the Quantum Science Group in the School and a CI in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems.

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Dr Adam Kamradt-Scott

Dr Adam Kamradt-Scott joined the Centre for International Security Studies in November 2011. Prior to that he worked as a legislative and political adviser to an Australian senator before taking up a position in the Australian Public Service where he worked in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as part of a small team tasked with revising and testing Australia’s pandemic preparedness plans. He is a regular contributor and the Asia correspondent for the Health Diplomacy Monitor, which publishes on global health issues.

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Dr John Lee

Dr John Lee is a frequent media commentator on all major international television and radio networks in America, Europe, Asia and Australia. He is one of only a handful of Australians ever invited to formally testify to US Congressional committees such as the US-China Security and Economic Review Commission. Dr Lee is regularly invited to brief Ministerial and Secretarial level officials in the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, India and Australia.

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Dr Megan MacKenzie

Dr Megan MacKenzie is a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney. Her research bridges feminist international relations, critical security studies and development studies. Her book, Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone: Sex, Security, and Post-Conflict Development examines women’s participation in the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone and the challenges and insecurities they faced during the post-conflict reintegration process.

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Dr James Reilly

Dr James Reilly is a senior lecturer in Northeast Asian Politics in theDepartment of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His research and teaching are in the areas of Chinese foreign policy, East Asian politics and international relations. He is the author of Strong Society, Smart State: The Rise of Public Opinion in China’s Japan Policy (2012), and the co-editor of Australia and China at 40 (2012).

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Dr Frank Smith

Dr Frank Smith is a member of the Centre for International Security Studies, where he specialises in technology and international security. His research examines how organizations and institutions mediate the relationship between scientific facts, technical artifacts, and international security. He is particularly interested in biodefense policy in the United States, international responses to transnational outbreaks of infectious disease, and science diplomacy.

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Professor Colin Wight

Professor Colin Wight’s research interests originate in the desire to explore and understand the fragmented nature of International Relations Theory and to embed this understanding in wider intellectual and public debates. He is also interested in all aspects of political violence and is currently completing a book on terrorism, violence and the state.

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Dr Thomas Wilkins

Dr Thomas Wilkins is a member of the Centre for International Security Studies at Sydney. He specialises in security studies and strategic studies, with a particular emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region. He wrote his PhD thesis on the topic of Coalition Warfare at the University of Birmingham and as an Exchange Visitor at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

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Professor Jingdong Yuan

Professor Jingdong Yuan specialises in Asia-Pacific security, Chinese defence and foreign policy, and global and regional arms control and non-proliferation issues. He is the co-author of China and India: Cooperation or Conflict? and is currently working on a book manuscript on post-Cold War Chinese security policy. Prior to joining the Centre for International Security Studies at Sydney, Dr. Yuan served as the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program, and was an associate professor of International Policy Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California.

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Professor Simon Tormey

Simon Tormey is a political theorist based in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Prior to his appointment at Sydney in 2009 he was Professor and Head of the School of Politics and International Relations and founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) at the University of Nottingham UK. He was educated at the University of Wales, Swansea receiving his doctorate in 1991. He was a Research Scholar and Lecturer at the University of Leicester before joining Nottingham in 1990. In 2005 he was awarded a personal chair (‘professorship’) in Politics and Critical Theory.

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Professor David Schlosberg

David Schlosberg is Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and is known internationally for his work in environmental politics, environmental movements, and political theory – in particular the intersection of the three with his work on environmental justice. Most recently, he has co-authored Climate-Challenged Society (Oxford 2013) with John Dryzek of ANU and Richard Norgaard of UC Berkeley; the same team edited The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (Oxford 2011). Professor Schlosberg has held visiting appointments at the London School of Economics, Australian National University, and Princeton University. His current research includes work on climate justice – in particular justice in adaptation strategies and policies, and the question of human obligations of justice to the nonhuman realm. He is also examining the sustainable practices of new environmental movement groups – in particular their attention to flows of power and goods in relation to food, energy, housing, transportation, and crafting and making.

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