About Me

AB

PhD Candidate, School of Political & Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

Email: alex@alexburns.net

Phone: 0467 387 241

 

Qualifications

Grad Cert of Information Technology, Swinburne University (2008); Grad Cert of Business (Project Management), Swinburne University (2007); MA (Counter-Terrorism Studies), Monash University (2007); MSc (Strategic Foresight), Swinburne University (2005); BA (Cinema Studies, Politics, Philosophy), La Trobe University (2002).

 

Profile

 

My research focuses on: (1) terrorist groups that grow rapidly and develop state-building capabilities, and (2) hedge funds and rising powers. I use strategic culture, terrorism studies, and strategic studies. My PhD at Australia’s Monash University develops a new conceptual theory of terrorist groups as strategic subcultures using case study and process tracing methods to examine Aum Shinrikyo and the Islamic State. I have published in Contemporary Security Policy, Media International Australia, Journal of Futures Studies, and Media/Culture journals. I have presented research findings to the International Studies Association, the Association of Internet Researchers, the Telecommunications Society of Australia, the East-West Center in Washington DC, Sensis, Telstra, Westpac, and other organisations. My H-index is 7 (Google Scholar).

 

My extensive research management experience includes Research Funding and Development Manager and Research Facilitator roles at Australia’s Victoria University (2008-16), Senior Quality & Planning Officer at Swinburne University for an Australian Universities Quality Agency audit (2007-08), and as senior researcher in the Smart Internet Technology Cooperative Research Centre (2004-07), where I coauthored the Smart Internet 2010 report (2005).

 

I edited and wrote for the Disinformation website (1998-2008). As a journalist I wrote for 21CREVelationDesktop, MarketingInformation AgeArtbyte, Playboy.com’s ‘Digital Culture’ magazines, and La Trobe University’s Rabelais student newspaper (1994-2004).

 

 

Recent Publications

 

  • Alex Burns and Ben Eltham. ‘Australia’s Strategic Culture: Constraints and Opportunities in Security Policymaking.’ In Jeffrey S. Lantis (ed.). Strategic Cultures and Security Policies in the Asia-Pacific. New York: Routledge, 2015, 22-45.
  • Alex Burns and Ben Eltham. ‘Australia’s Strategic Culture: Constraints and Opportunities in Security Policymaking.’ 2014. Contemporary Security Policy 35(2): 187-210.
  • Alex Burns and Stephen McGrail. ‘Examining Possible Internet Futures.’ 2012. Journal of Futures Studies 16(4): 33-49.
  • Alex Burns, ‘Doubting the Global War on Terror.’ 2011. M/C Journal 14(1) (March).
  • Alex Burns and Ben Eltham. ‘Catastrophic Failure Theories and Disaster Journalism: Evaluating Media Explanations of Australia’s ‘Black Saturday’ Bushfires.’ 2010. Media International Australia 137 (November), 90-99. (Publisher accepted version.)
  • Alex Burns and Ben Eltham. ‘The Film Finance Corporation and Hollywood’s Race to the Bottom.’ 2010. Media International Australia 136 (August), 103-118. (Publisher accepted version.)

 

Notable Publications

 

Research Interests

 

  • Strategic Subcultures of terrorist groups, hedge funds, and rising powers
  • Process Tracing

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