Dr David Stevens

Adjunct Associate Professor
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

PhD (UNSW), MA (StratStud) (ANU), BA (UNSW), DipMarStud (RAN),

David Stevens joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1974 and specialised in anti-submarine warfare. Highlights of his service included an exchange posting in the Royal Navy and sea-going staff appointments in both the 1991 Gulf War and 2003 Iraq War. He resigned from the permanent forces in 1994 to become the Australian naval historian, a position that he held until the end of 2014. He is currently employed as an author on the Official History of Australian Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

David has contributed articles and chapters to many books and journals and his work has been translated into several languages.  Some of his publications as author or editor include: U-Boat Far From Home: the epic voyage of U 862 to Australia and New Zealand (1997); The Royal Australian Navy (2001); A Critical Vulnerability: the Impact of the Submarine Threat on Australia’s Maritime Defence 1915-54 (2005); Australia’s Navy in the Gulf: From Countenance to Catalyst 1941-2006 (2006); Sea Power Ashore and in the Air (2007); Strength Through Diversity: the Combined Naval Role in Operation Stabilise (2007); Presence, Power Projection and Sea Control: The RAN in the Gulf 1990-2009 (2009); and the 2nd edition of Australian Maritime Doctrine (2010). His new history of the RAN in World War I, In All Respects Ready, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014 and won the 2015 Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize.


Stevens DM, 2014, In All Respects Ready: Australia's Navy in World War One, First, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, http://www.oup.com.au/titles/academic/history/military_history/9780195578584

Book Chapters

Maley W; Schmeidl S, 2014, 'Introduction', in Reconstructing Afghanistan: Civil-Military Experiences in Comparative Perspective, pp. 1 - 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315749389

Stevens DM; Reeve LJ, 2007, 'Introduction', in Stevens D; Reeve J (ed.), Sea Power Ashore and in the Air, edn. 3, Halstead Press, Sydney, pp. 20 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1071-3581(96)90046-X

Stevens DM; Reeve LJ, 2005, 'Introduction: The navy and the birth of the nation', in Stevens D; Reeve J (ed.), The Navy and the Nation: The Influence of the Navy on Modern Australia, edn. First, Allen and Unwin, St Leonards, NSW, pp. 1 - 8

Stevens DM, 2000, 'Losing the War: Ludendorff and German Strategy in 1918', in The German empire and britain`s dominions, 1817-1919: essays on the role of Aaustralia and New Zealand in world politics in the age of empirialism, edn. Original, Regina Books, Claremont, California, pp. 129 - 137

Journal articles

Stevens DM; Brooks AS; Utbult F; Mulligan C; Jeffery DR, 2000, 'Early lifecycle work:Influence of individual characteristics, methodological constraints and interface constraints', Empirical Software Engineering: An International Journal, vol. 5, pp. 269 - 286, http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1026594716872

Jeffery DR; Stevens DM; Land LP; Sauer C, 2000, 'The use of procedural roles in code inspections: an experimental study', Empirical Software Engineering: An International Journal, vol. 5, pp. 11 - 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1009893716489

Jeffery DR; Stevens DM; Ruhe M; Wieczorek I, 2000, 'George John Mackinolty', Australian dictionary of Biography, pp. 255 - 256

Stevens DM; Berry MJ; Jeffery DR, 2000, 'An instrument for assessing software measurement programs', Empirical Software Engineering: An International Journal, pp. 183 - 200