Security

Security issues are at the heart of policy and governance challenges in Asia. We are looking to investigate how this impacts everything from the environment to human rights.


We examine traditional forms of security in Asia, and extend it to consideration of issues concerning the environment, health, food, infrastructure, migration, and political and ethnic violence, and how these influence the livelihoods, rights, choices and opportunities of individuals in the contemporary Asian region.

We question how security priorities are determined, how new modes of security governance emerge, and their implications for social and political rights, poverty, and environmental degradation. Studies include infrastructural violence, the dynamics of illicit economies, and the intersection between rights, peace-building and critical security studies.

For more information contact Dr Ian Wilson (cluster leader), i.wilson@murdoch.edu.au, ph 9360 2500.

  • Key researchers

    Dr Jacqui Baker

    Dr Rajat Ganguly

    Dr Victoria Mason

    A/Prof. Carol Warren

    Dr Ian Wilson (cluster leader)

  • Selected publications

    Jacqui Baker, 2015, The Rhizome State: Democratizing Indonesia’s Off-Budget Economy, Critical Asian Studies, 47, 2: 309–336.

    Jacqui Baker, 2015, Professionalism Without Reform: The Security Sector Under Yudhoyono, in E Aspinall, M Mietzner and D Tomsa (eds) The Yudhoyono Presidency: Indonesia’s Decade of Stability and Stagnation, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, pp. 114–135.

    Rajat Ganguly (ed.), 2012, Autonomy and Ethnic Conflict in South and South-East Asia, London: Routledge.

    Victoria Mason (with R Falk), 2016, Assessing Nonviolence in the Palestinian Rights Struggle, Journal of State Crime, 5,1: 163–186.

    Victoria Mason (with N Gill and J Caletrio), 2013, Mobilities and Forced Migration, London: Routledge.

    Victoria Mason (with L Briskman), 2015, Abrogating Human Rights Responsibilities: Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policy at Home and Abroad, in J Pietsch and M Clark (eds) New Migration Flows: An East-West Comparative Perspective on National and Regional Responses, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 137–160.

    Carol Warren (co-edited with A Lucas), 2013, Land for the People: State Policy and Agrarian Conflict in Indonesia, Ohio: Ohio University Press.

    Ian Wilson, 2015, The Politics of Protection Rackets in Post-New Order Indonesia, London: Routledge.

    Ian Wilson, 2015, Outlaw’s Paradise: Australian Outlaw Bikers, Pre-crime Regimes and the Appeal of Bali, in A Missbach and J Purdey (eds) Linking People: Connections and Encounters Between Australians and Indonesians, Berlin: RegioSpectra, pp. 251–268.

  • Major projects

    Jacqui Baker, Jane Hutchison, Ian Wilson and Richard Robison: Political Economy Analysis for Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice Program 2 (AIPJ2), Cardno Emerging Markets (Australia Pty Ltd)/Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2017.

    Ian Wilson (with A Savirani): Vertical Politics’: The Socio-economic and Political Impacts of Vertical Housing in Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Gadjah Mada University International Collaboration Research grant scheme (funded by the LPDP: Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education), 2017–18.

    Victoria Mason: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories’ Project, British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2009–15.

    Ian Wilson (with A Rosser and P Sulistiyanto): The Politics of Free Public Services in Decentralised Indonesia, AusAID, 2010–2011.

    Victoria Mason: Inaugural Australian-Arab Women’s Dialogue, AusAID, Council for Australia-Arab Relations, DFAT and the ANU, 2012–2013.

    Ian Wilson and Jane Hutchison (with C Hughes and A Rosser): Remaking the Poor: Poor People’s Responses to Donors’ Market Citizenship Programs in Southeast Asia, ARC Discovery Project, 2013–15.

    Carol Warren (with C Anton et al.): Intangible Cultural Heritage Across Borders: Laws, Structures and Strategies in China and its ASEAN Neighbours, ARC Discovery Project, 2013–15.

    Carol Warren (with J McCarthy and A McWilliams): Household Vulnerability and the Politics of Social Protection in Indonesia: Towards an Integrated Approach, ARC Discovery Project, 2014–16.

    Ian Wilson (with M Hapsari, Kridytamiko and E Susanto): Against Deforestation: The Formation of Environmental Movements in ASEAN, Department of Social and Political Sciences International Research Fund, University of Gadjah Mada, 2016–2017.