Strategic Culture in Terrorist Organisations (PhD Thesis)


In my in-progress PhD thesis at Australia’s Monash University, I develop a new theory of strategic culture to understand how strategic subcultures (that enable counter-power) might evolve in terrorist organisations. I use a modified form of process tracing to analyse Japan’s Aum Shinrikyo 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 bridges the national security sub-fields of strategic culture and terrorism studies, situated also within an international political economy context. I develop new qualitative case studies to understand terrorist organisation decision-making using causal research methods (such as process tracing, causal graphs, and counterfactuals).


In an earlier research period (1999-2011), I examined the political economy of  internet, media, and finance industries, in particular the impact of social change and volatility events. 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 and taught on Australian politics, media, and defence and national security policy, Asia-Pacific security, and United States-Australian discourses on the Global War on Terror as grand strategy.