Our Research Groups

Future Operations Research Group

Future Operations Research Group

The Future Operations Research Group seeks to understand and analyse the operational environment, and the threats, risks and opportunities that military forces will face, in the 2030-2050 timeframe. Urbanisation, climate change, rapid advances in technology, emerging flashpoints, unconventional and hybrid forms of warfare, and changes in the economic and geo-strategic  setting for military operations all form part of the analysis. The group aggregates available information from the widest possible variety of sources, develops a series of testable, integrated projections using recognised futures methodologies and datasets, and then updates and validates projections through continuous monitoring of the environment. The group draws on the multi-disciplinary expertise of a core research team at the school of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the broader research capabilities of the University of New South Wales, and external partners.

 

Group Contact: Group Co-Convenors:

Professor David Kilcullen

Dr Deane-Peter Baker

Convenor of the Future Operations Research Group
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
UNSW Canberra

Conflict and Society Research Group

Conflict and Society Research Group

The research strengths within UNSW Canberra, and especially the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, have long revolved around concepts such as ‘conflict’ and ‘society’. ‘Conflict’ expresses an interest in war and peace, and the shades and nuances of it, in social, political and military dimensions, including societal discord more broadly. ‘Society’ encompasses culture (in all senses) and both the military culture and its relationships to civil societies. In aggregate, one of the School’s traditional strengths is a broad, diverse but coherent focus on the investigation of what can be concisely described as ‘Conflict and Society’, a focus reflected in the original name of the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society, whose programs operate in concert with the Research Group.

Within the broad constellation of approaches several interdisciplinary projects or ventures can be identified: the investigation of ‘Cold War Lives and Literature’ project, the prospective ‘Security in Colonial Australasia’ project, and the existing ‘Conflict and Society’ seminar series and the editing of the international scholarly journal War & Society. Further proposals, short- and long-term, will doubtless arise from the co-operation between participants in the Research Group.

These enterprises bring together the School’s staff, postgraduates and Visiting Fellows to pursue interdisciplinary research articulating key ideas within and beyond its community.

Group Contact: Group Convenor:

Dr Neil Ramsey

Convenor of the Conflict and Society Research Group
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
UNSW Canberra

Maritime Security Research Group

Maritime Security Research Group

The Maritime Security Research Group draws together scholars interested in security within the maritime domain across disciplinary boundaries. We take a broad approach to maritime security, one which encompasses not only traditional hard security concerns, but also human security, maritime crime and the ‘blue economy’. The group has expertise in international law, history, strategy, naval affairs, and a range of Indo-Pacific regional perspectives. Its current focuses include the law of the sea, the South China Sea dispute, and wider issues of seapower and lawfare. The group combines academic staff, postgraduate researchers, Visiting Fellows and works with external collaborators from across the academic, government and policy sectors.

Group Contact: Group Convenor:

Associate Professor Douglas Guilfoyle

Convenor of the Maritime Security Research Group
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
UNSW Canberra

Environment and Governance Research Group

Environment and Governance Research Group

The UNSW Environment and Governance Research Group brings together leading international researchers in environmental politics, law and policy, biodiversity, climate security, food systems, and environmental ethics. Our work has a common focus on improving law, public policy and international cooperation in protecting ecosystems and managing the impact of human-induced environmental change. With planet Earth having entered the Anthropocene - the epoch of dramatic human impacts on the Earth’s ecology and systems - our work crosses disciplines and charts paths for improved governance that can support ecological sustainability, and key human interests in health, justice and security, into the long-term future. 

Group Contact: Group Convenor:

Professor Anthony Burke

Convenor of the Environment and Governance Research Group
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
UNSW Canberra

International Ethics Research Group

International Ethics Research Group

‘International Ethics’ brings together International Relations (IR), Political Theory and Moral Philosophy to address ethical questions in international politics.  It is an increasingly prominent academic field of research, and one in which UNSW Canberra has unique strength. 

UNSW Canberra’ International Ethics Research Group has an outstanding research record.  Combined with our proximity to the military and government, and the excellent support for this area by both the Faculty and the Academy library, this means that UNSW Canberra is unrivalled in Australia as a place to pursue research in this field.

Group Contact: Group Convenor:

Dr Peter A.Balint

Convenor of International Ethics Research Group
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
UNSW Canberra

Asia Pacific Development and Security Research Group

Asia Pacific Development and Security Research Group

The Asia Pacific Development and Security Research Group draws experts working on current significant socio- political changes affecting the Asia Pacific Region.  Researchers in our group explore topics related but not limited to 1) gender, religion and development, 2) regional security issues, through interdisciplinary approaches including Anthropology, Development Studies, History, Political Science and Social Policy. 

Our group shares a broad research agenda with the UNSW Institute for Global Development (IGD), which aims to deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Members participate in this group across UNSW to represent its interdisciplinary nature and also to strengthen their engagement with the Asia Pacific region.

Group Contact: Group Co-Convenors:

A Prof Minako Sakai

A Prof Jian Zhang

Convener of Asia Pacific Development and Security Research Group
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
UNSW Canberra