We are seeking a PhD candidate to work with Professor David Lowe and Dr Carolyn Holbrook from Deakin University and Professor Eckart Conze from Philipps University Marburg in Germany as part of a project that examines the history of national security in Australia. The project aims to determine what the concept of national security has meant to Australians since 1901, and how its meanings have changed over time. Rather than relying exclusively on the role of speeches, policy statements and crisis moments, it enhances our understanding of national security in the Australian setting by considering how broader popular understandings were formed and interacted with political and policy prescriptions. This history takes into account the roles of changing federal bureaucracies and agencies, and the practices of security. Outcomes of the project will benefit national security policy by better connecting the Canberra policy-making community with the security concerns of the broader Australian public.

We envisage that the PhD project will focus on the history of national security policy making since 1901. The candidate will participate in international workshops with academics and policy makers as part of her/his candidature and will collaborate with the project leaders on journal articles and other publications.

The scholarship is full-time for three years. More information about PhD scholarships at Deakin University can be found here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/fees-scholarships/scholarships/find-a-scholarship/rtp-and-duprs

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Carolyn Holbrook at carolyn.holbrook@deakin.edu.au.