Strategic Culture in Terrorist Organisations (PhD Thesis)


In my in-progress PhD thesis at Monash University, I develop a fourth generation strategic culture framework to understand how strategic subcultures might evolve in terrorist organisations. I use case studies and a modified form of process tracing to analyse Aum Shinrikyo and Islamic State across three dimensions: cultural transmission, social learning, and folklore. I have published original articles from this research in Contemporary Security Policy and M/C Journal, and presented at the International Studies Association’s annual convention in Toronto, in 2014.


Research Program


My research program develops fourth generation strategic culture frameworks to understand how terrorist organisations innovate, grow, and decline. I work predominantly with case study and causal inference methods such as process tracing, pathway analysis, and counterfactuals. I draw on cross-domain insights from  hedge fund research and decision models.


In an earlier research period (1999-2011) I examined how global risk events affected the internet, media, and finance industries. I have published original articles in Media International Australia, Journal of Futures Studies, and M/C Journal.


Policy Expertise


I have policy expertise in counterterrorism and foreign policy. I have written on Australian defence and national security policy, Asia-Pacific security, and United States-Australian discourses on the Global War on Terror.