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).