Researcher

Professor Greg Austin

My Expertise

  • Russia, China, United States, Europe, NATO security policy
  • Cyber security
  • Terrorism and religious extremism

Field of Research (FoR)

SEO tags

Biography

Dr Austin is a Professor in the University of New South Wales (Canberra) where he serves as Deputy Director of UNSW Canberra Cyber (formerly the Australian Centre for Cyber Security). He concurrently serves as a Professorial Fellow with the EastWest Institute (EWI) in New York.  He is a member of the NSW state government's Cyber Security Advisory Council, of the Advisory Board of the Global Foundation for Cyber Studies and Research, and a...view more

Dr Austin is a Professor in the University of New South Wales (Canberra) where he serves as Deputy Director of UNSW Canberra Cyber (formerly the Australian Centre for Cyber Security). He concurrently serves as a Professorial Fellow with the EastWest Institute (EWI) in New York.  He is a member of the NSW state government's Cyber Security Advisory Council, of the Advisory Board of the Global Foundation for Cyber Studies and Research, and a member of the National Standing Committee on Digital Trade.

He has a career of achievement in international security affairs, including:

  • seven university appointments in world class universities or departments in the UK and Australia
  • six books on Asian security affairs (five are on China), each with a strong interdisciplinary focus, and one additional edited volume on energy security 
  • current research interests in cyber strategy and diplomacy, security policies of China and Russia, maritime China, countering violent extremism, and national security ethics
  • research leadership posts in leading NGOs or think tanks
  • recognition by students and peers for his high quality teaching and mentoring
  • international consultations with business and government
  • regular invitations to speak in prominent international forums
  • posts in Australian security policy as Ministerial adviser, parliamentary committee secretary, international intelligence liaison officer and intelligence analyst  
  • work assignments in London, Brussels, Washington DC, Hong Kong and Canberra
  •  fieldwork in or other professional visits to China, Russia, Japan, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Turkey
  • research leadership roles in globally prominent NGOs, including as Vice President of the EastWest Institute and Asia Program Director in the International Crisis Group.

My Qualifications

Ph D (International Relations) ANU

Master of International Law (ANU)

Diploma of Strategic Studies (ANU)


My Research Activities

Greg Austin is the convenor of the Research Group on Cyber War and Peace.   The group organises research seminars and conferences, including the  2019 research conference on the Cyber Storm. Greg is preparing two books for publication as edited volumes based on papers from that conference.

Research theme

Active Projects

1. Cyber-enabled war: ontology, military maturity and national capability (Australia, China, USA)

Cyber technologies and the balance of power

Sovereign defence industry

2. Assessing mission critical aspects of cyber attack and defence, especially for the “cyber storm” (Australia, China, USA)

International conference and related publications: “cyber storm”

 

3. Cyber diplomacy, international threat environment and national policy responses (Australia, China, USA)

Political influence and information wars

Digital China research network

4. Cyber dependency and resilience of critical infrastructure in Australia

International conference and related publications: “Cyber storm”

5. Cyber education and skilling for security agencies in Australia

International conference and related publications: cyber storm


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

Cyber policy at the national level (especially Australia, China, Russia)

Cyber warfare and military policy for cyber space

Information ethics

Critical infrastructure protection in cyberspace

Asia Pacific security, including violent extremism 


Currently supervising

Karine Pontbriand: US/China Cyber Entanglement

Matthew Ryan: Ransomware

Andrew Williams: Strategic Culture and Cyberspace

Tom Sear: Digital Commemoration


My Teaching

ZHSS 8455 Australian Cyber Diplomacy

ZHSS 8456 Cyber War and Australia

ZHSS 8457 Cyber Security in Asia

ZHSS 8458 Cyber Policy in China

Past:

Revolution, Reform and Reaction in International Relations (ANU)

Case Studies in Diplomacy (ANU)

Case Studies in Economic Diplomacy (ANU)  

 

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Contact

+61 2 6268 8897