Dr Gavin Mount

Associate Head of School (Research Training)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
UNSW Canberra Cyber


Building 28
Room 214


Primary areas of research have been on the theoretical and normative debates associated with the global politics of ethnic conflict and nationalism.  Publications have been primarily in this area:

Current research has been focused on non-traditional security issues as they relate to ethnopolitics. Examples of this research include:

In 2017, I assumed an Education Focused Role.  My education related research has included:

  • (with John Walker) 'Replicating Classroom Intimacy and Engagement Online', presented at the UNSW Learning and Teaching Forum Towards 2025: Inspiring Learning, Sydney, 31 - 31 October 2016, 
  • "Simulating World politics: Teaching as Research', presented at 12th Annual American Political Science Association (APSA) Teaching and Learning Conference: Innovations and Expectations for Teaching in the Digital Era, Washington D.C., 12 - 18 January 2015, 

Supervision areas (Ethnic Conflict, International Relations and Non-traditional security):

  • Thinking Grand strategy
  • Regional security in Afghanistan
  • Hindutva and Indian foreign policy
  • Securitisation of fishing
  • Climate change and Defence
  • Strategic impact of drones in the Indo-Pacific
  • Responsibility to rebuild
  • Climate wars debate
  • French intervention in Mali


  • Received a Rector's Commendation for Teaching Excellence in 2010. 
  • Courses taught at all levels in international relations and security studies.
  • Issues in Global Security course delivered to middle ranking officers at the Australian Command and Staff College (2005-2011).
  • Annual lecture on "climate change and defence" to senior miliotary at Australia Defence College (CDSS).
  • Current courses on ZHSS3417 Ethnic Conflict in World Politics, ZHSS2427 Politics of the Great Powers and ZGEN2215 Law, Force and Legitimacy

For his Engagement story please click