Since its founding, the primary purpose of the Bell School has been grounded in our scholars' ability to conduct and publish academically rigorous, conceptually innovative, world-leading research, and use that knowledge to educate, train, and engage with multiple stakeholders.


We have demonstrated commitment to high quality, multi-disciplinary, and impactful research. We have maintained a strong record of research partnerships with other universities, government agencies, and international organisations. And we have collaborated and helped build capacity with regional partners and local communities. 

Research and strategic initiatives

Children and the Responsibility to Protect
This publication brings together more than a dozen academics and practitioners from around the world to examine the intersections of the R2P principle and the theory and practice of child protection.
Democracy for Sale
'Democracy for Sale' is an on-the-ground account of Indonesian democracy, analyzing its election campaigns and behind-the-scenes machinations.
After American Primacy: Imagining the future of Australia's defence
It focuses on Australia's defense amidst global shifts, addressing US policies, China, Russia, and emerging regional powers, offering strategic scenarios for a transformed Indo-Pacific post-America.
Coalition strategy and the end of the First World War
This project fits within Dr McCrae’s wider work on the way coalitions fight, notions of ‘victory’, and how individuals think about future war during periods of conflict or great international tension.
The Four Flashpoints: How Asia Goes to War
A timely and authoritative account of the four most troubled hotspots in the world’s most combustible region.
New Directions in Strategic Thinking 2.0
This book encapsulates the essence of this cutting-edge thinking and is a must read for those concerned with emerging strategic challenges facing Australia and its security partners.
Inside the Wilderness of Mirrors: Australia and the threat from the Soviet Union in the Cold War and Russia today
Paul Dibb's firsthand account of Cold War espionage, highlighting Pine Gap's importance, Soviet threats, and modern-day Russia's continuing danger
Thai Military Power: A Culture of Strategic Accommodation
The book examines Thailand’s strategic culture and external security while showing how the past continues to influence Thai decision-making.