About Site

I’m a Melbourne, Australia-based university research manager based in Victoria University’s Office for Research. This blog expresses my own opinions.

 

I have Masters qualifications in strategic foresight (Swinburne University); counterterrorism studies (Monash University), and a Bachelors major in cinema studies, with minors in politics and philosophy (La Trobe University).

 

I’m currently a part-time PhD candidate in Monash University’s School of Political & Social Inquiry. I examine how strategic culture (long-term, culturally transmitted influences and shared experiences on strategic decision-makers) might shape terrorist organisations as strategic subcultures. The PhD’s case studies are on Aum Shinrikyo and post-September 11 investigative journalism about Al Qaeda.

 

I’m also undertaking applied research on hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds as strategic subcultures. I publish on strategic foresight issues with academic colleagues.

 

I am a member of the International Studies Association (ISA).

 

Formerly, I was a university-based researcher, website editor, and freelance journalist. I was known for work with the Disinformation alternative news website, which I edited in two stints from 1999 to 2008; for research in the Smart Internet Technology CRC from 2003 to 2007; and for articles in the Australian culture and science magazines 21C and Revelation (now a Perth-based film festival).

 

I have personal experience in the Gurdjieff Work, the Temple of Set, and Chan Zen Buddhist mindfulness practice.  I have done practitioner training in Clare W. Graves‘ biopsychosocial system with Don Edward Beck, Chris Cowan and Natasha Todorovic (Spiral Dynamics).

 

My academic CV and selected publications (PDF), and Google Scholar citations (HTML).

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