Professor Greg Austin

Professor of Cyber Security, Strategy and Diplomacy
School of Engineering and Information Technology
UNSW Canberra Cyber

Dr Austin is a Professor in the University of New South Wales (Canberra).  He concurrently serves as Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, where he leads the program on Cyber, Space and Future Conflict.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Foundation for Cyber Studies and Research and a member of the National Standing Committee on Digital Trade. He is co-founder of the Social Cyber Institute.  

He has a career of achievement in international security affairs, including:

  • seven university appointments in world class universities or departments in the UK and Australia
  • six books on Asian security affairs (five are on China), each with a strong interdisciplinary focus
  • two additional edited volumes on cyber security policies (national cyber emergencies and cyber security education)  
  • co-editor of an edited volume on energy security 
  • current research interests in cyber strategy and diplomacy, security policies of China and Russia, maritime China, countering violent extremism, and national security ethics
  • research leadership posts in leading NGOs or think tanks
  • recognition by students and peers for his high quality teaching and mentoring
  • international consultations with business and government
  • regular invitations to speak in prominent international forums
  • posts in Australian security policy as Ministerial adviser, parliamentary committee secretary, international intelligence liaison officer and intelligence analyst  
  • work assignments in London, Brussels, Washington DC, Hong Kong. Singapore and Canberra
  •  fieldwork in or other professional visits to China, Russia, Japan, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Turkey
  • research leadership roles in globally prominent NGOs, including as Vice President of the EastWest Institute and Asia Program Director in the International Crisis Group, and head of the Program on Cyber, Space and Future Conflict at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.


Austin G; Tabansky L; Knight GS; Leblanc S; Sharma M; Tikk E; Dufour C; Newberry T; Azafrani R; Ahmad A; DeSouza K; Devendorf E; Shuck M; Perkins T; Leblanc S; Chen JQ; Curry J; Alatalu S; Waters G, 2020, National Cyber Emergencies: The Return to Civil Defence, Austin G, (ed.), Routledge, Abbingdon,

Austin GD, 2018, Cybersecurity in China: The Next Wave, Springer, New York

Austin G, 2014, Cyber Policy in China, John Wiley & Sons

Austin G; Harris S, 2001, Japan and Greater China: Political Economy and Military Power in the Asian Century, C. HURST & CO. PUBLISHERS

Austin G; Muraviev AD, 2000, The Armed Forces of Russia in Asia, I.B.Tauris

Austin G; Muraviev AD, 2000, Red star east : the armed forces of Russia in Asia, Allen & Unwin, St. Leonards, N.S.W.

Austin G, 1998, China's Ocean Frontier: International Law, Military Force and National Development, Allen & Unwin

Book Chapters

Austin G, 2020, 'Twelve dilemmas of reform in cyber security education', in Cyber-Security Education Principles and Policies, Routledge, Abingdon Oxon, pp. 208 - 221,

Austin G; Lu W, 2020, 'Five years of cyber security education reform in China', in Cyber-Security Education Principles and Policies, Routledge, Abingdon Oxon, pp. 173 - 193,

Austin G; Withers G, 2020, 'Creating Social Cyber Value as the Broader Goal', in Cyber-Security Education Principles and Policies, Routledge, Abingdon Oxon, pp. 99 - 118,

Austin G, 2020, 'US Policy: From Cyber Incidents to National Emergencies', in National Cyber Emergencies: The Return to Civil Defence, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 31 - 59,

Austin G; Sharma M, 2020, 'From Cyber Resilience to Civil Defence: contested concepts, elusive goals', in Austin G (ed.), National Cyber Emergencies: The Return to Civil Defence, Routledge, Abbingdon, pp. 10 - 30,

Austin GD, 2019, 'Opportunity, Threat and Dependency in the Social Infosphere', in Cornish P (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Cyber Security, Oxford University Press, Oxford

Austin GD, 2018, 'Strategic Military Geographies in the South China Sea', in Pearson S; Holloway J; Thackway R (ed.), Australian Contributions to Strategic and Military Geography, edn. 1, Springer,

Austin GD, 2017, 'Are Australia's responses to cyber security adequate?', in Australia's Place in the World 2017, CEDA, pp. 50 - 61,

Austin G, 2017, 'Robots Writing Chinese and Fighting under Water', in Kiggins R (ed.), The Political Economy of Robots: Prospects for Peace and Prosperity in the Automated 21st Century, Palgrave, pp. 271 - 290,

Austin G, 2017, 'Restraint and Governance in Cyberspace: Balancing War and Justice Imperatives', in Burke A; Parker R (ed.), Global Insecurity: Futures of Chaos and Governance, Palgrave, pp. 215 - 234,

Austin G, 2016, '"Middle Powers and Cyber-Enabed Warfare: The Imperative of Collective Security"', in Securing Cyberspace: Asia and International Perspectives, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, pp. 23 - 56

Austin GD, 2016, 'International Legal Norms in Cyberspace: Evolution of China's National Security Motivations', in International Cyber Norms: Legal, Policy & Industry Perspectives, edn. 2016, Tallinn Estonia

Austin G, 2015, 'China’s Security in the Information Age', in Routledge Handbook of Chinese Security, Routledge, pp. 355 - 355

Austin G, 2004, 'Reactions in Australia and New Zealand to a Rising China', in The Rise of China and a Changing Northeast Asian Order (Tokyo: Japan Center for International Exchange, 2004), pp. 266 - 269

Austin G, 2004, '‘Preventing Terrorism? Direct Measures First – Intrusive, Normative and Personal!’', in Conflict Prevention From Rhetoric to Reality: Opportunities and Innovations, vol. 2, Lanham: Lexington Books

Austin G, 2003, 'A new engine for pragmatism in the international security order?', in China: New Engine of World Growth, pp. 458

Austin G, 2001, 'Implications for Taiwan of the Kosovo Zeitgeist: Sino-US Military Confrontation is Looming; Taiwan as the Front Line; War as Punishment and Self-Sacrifice', in 澳洲研究, pp. 65 - 97

Austin G, 2001, 'China's power: Searching for stable domestic foundations', in Power and Responsibility in Chinese Foreign Policy. Ed. Yongjin Zhang. Canberra: Asia Pacific Press, pp. 69 - 105

Yongjin Z; Austin G, 2001, 'China and the Responsibility of Power', in Power and Responsibility in Chinese Foreign Policy, pp. 5

Harris S; Austin G, 2000, 'Japan, China and regional order', in Peter Drysdale and Dong Dong Zhang (eds), Japan and China: Rivalry or Cooperation in East Asia, Canberra, Australia-Japan Research Centre, pp. 143

Austin G, 1999, 'Alliances and Alignments in the Asia Pacific: Foundations for Stability or Seeds of Disaster?', in Taming turmoil in the Pacific: papers presented at the 12th Asia-Pacific Roundtable, May 31-June 4, 1998, Kuala Lumpur, pp. 285

Austin G, 1999, 'Apocalypse Next? Will Asia Become the Next Arena For Great Power Conflict?', in Asia-Australia Papers

Austin G, 1997, 'The Taiwan Issue in Japanese Domestic Politics', in Austin, G.(ed.)

Austin G, 1997, 'Economic rivalry and security linkages in US-Japan relations', in Asia-Pacific Security: The Economics–Politics Nexus, Allen & Unwin

Austin G; Terada T; Zhang DD; Ryan D, 1996, 'Japan and China in the Asia Pacific region : the Southeast Asia dimension', in Japan and China in the Asia Pacific region : the Southeast Asia dimension, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, pp. v - p.

Austin G; Callan T, 1996, 'Russia: Terrier at the Feet of the Great Asian Powers', in The Asia-Pacific Region: Less Uncertainties, New Opportunities, St Martins Press New York

Austin G, 1995, 'Russian Influences and Mutual Insecurity, St Martins, New York NY, 1995, pp 103-130', in China as a Great Power–Myths, Realities and Challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region, St Martin's Press, pp. 103 - 130

Austin G, 1994, 'Strategic Intelligence: Sources', in Intelligence and Australian National Security, Australian Defence Studies Centre

Austin G, 1994, 'Improving Australia’s Economic Intelligence', in Intelligence and Australian National Security, Australian Defence Studies Centre, pp. 137 - 146

Austin G, 1992, 'Soviet Perspectives of India’s Developing Security Posture', in India’s Strategic Future–Regional State or Global Power, Macmillan

Edited Books

Austin G, (ed.), 2020, Cyber Security Education: Principles and Policies, Routledge,

Austin G; Zhang Y , (ed.), 2014, Power and Responsibility in Chinese Foreign Policy, ANU E Press

Schellekens Gaffe MA; Austin G, (ed.), 2007, Energy and conflict prevention, Madariaga European Foundation, Brussels,

Austin G, (ed.), 1997, Missile Diplomacy and Taiwan's Future: Innovations in Politics and Military Power, Australian National University, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Canberra,

Journal articles

Austin G; Slay J, 2018, 'Development in Training and Education for Australian Cyber Security', Journal of The Colloquium for Information System Security Education, vol. 5, pp. 1 - 27,

Austin GD; Sharikov P, 2017, ''Pre-emption is Victory': Aggravated Strategic Instability in the Nuclear Age', Nonproliferation Review, vol. 23, pp. 691 - 704,

Austin G, 2014, 'Australia’s Digital Skills for Peace and War', Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, vol. 2,

Austin GD, 2014, 'Managing Asymmetries in Chinese and American Cyber Power', Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, pp. 141 - 141,

Austin GREG, 2003, 'Unwanted Entanglement: Philippines’ Spratly Policy as a Case of Conflict Enhancement', Security Dialogue, vol. 31, pp. 41 - 54

Betzler D; Austin G, 1997, 'Gulfs in Sino-Japanese Relations: An Evaluation of Japan's Cultural Diplomacy toward China', The Journal of East Asian Affairs, pp. 570 - 613

Austin G, 1997, 'China and Maritime Security', Journal of the Australian Naval Institute

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