About the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS)

The Australian Centre for Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS) is a multi-disciplinary research and teaching Centre located at UNSW Canberra.

Within the University of New South Wales (UNSW), research centres serve a number of purposes. Some are focussed purely on scholarly research within a single discipline; others exist to provide a venue for scholarly inquiry across disciplines (or across institutions). There are centres orientated towards providing resources to the public and private sectors, and centres whose charter is largely driven by advocacy and policy development.

ACSACS was established in May 2012 to serve as a hub for related and converging research being conducted within the UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).

What is ACSACS trying to achieve?

Vision To be an internationally recognised centre that interprets the causes, conduct and consequences of armed conflict.

Mission

To assess the past, present and likely future impact of armed conflict on institutions and individuals in order to enhance public policy and raise community awareness through multi-disciplinary scholarship expressed in publishing and presentations.

Objectives

First, to coordinate academic research on armed conflict and society beyond what is possible within existing UNSW Schools to increase the research outputs of UNSW Canberra specifically and UNSW generally;

second, to foster inter-disciplinary, inter-faculty and cross-institutional inquiry into all aspects of armed conflict and society, and to create new and innovative avenues for scholarly inquiry within and beyond UNSW;

third, to provide opportunities for individual scholars and research clusters to showcase work dealing with armed conflict from a range of perspectives;

fourth, to expand, link and coordinate the community of UNSW researchers working collaboratively on topics relating to armed conflict and society;

fifth, to increase public and academic awareness of the range, depth and quality of research conducted within UNSW on armed conflict and society;

sixth, to enhance the reputation and impact of research and publication at UNSW through support for conflict-related curriculum development and course delivery in Australian schools; and

seventh, to achieve these outcomes while becoming financially self-sustaining by 31 December 2017 by attracting corporate donations, bequests, research grants and operating revenues.

Organisation and Activity

The mission of the Centre is pursued within three discipline pillars: history, ethics and economics. These pillars reflect the research strengths of HASS staff, UNSW Canberra Visiting Fellows and significant individuals in the national capital drawn into the work of the Centre.

The activities conducted within each pillar are divided into programs with a discrete character or specific objective.

History Great War; Vietnam Operational Analysis; Civilian Leadership in Defence; Support for Schools

Ethics Moral Injury; Caring for Conscience

Economics Disaster Relief and Reconstruction; Political Parties and Defence Spending The Centre is also involved in Academy Library Special Collections program through the acquisition of the John Howard Papers and the development of databases of former serving personnel.

The work of the centre is managed in projects. Each project has allocated personnel together with the need for philanthropy.