The Team

Principal Investigator

Professor James Der Derian
James is the Director of the Centre for International Security Studies and Michael Hintze Chair of International Security at the University of Sydney. He writes books and makes documentaries on war, diplomacy and media.

Co-Investigators

Associate Professor Jairus Grove
Jairus is an associate professor of political science at the University of Hawaii and Director of the Center for Futures Studies. His research focuses on the relationship between technology and global politics, specifically the transformative effects of disruptive technologies and the ways technical innovations can undermine political order and challenge governance systems. He is interested in the ways war continues to expand, bringing an ever greater collection of participants and technologies into the gravitational pull of violent conflict. Jairus is co-editing the Project Q e-book on the societal, strategic and ethical implications of a quantum revolution in computing, communications and artificial intelligence.

Dr Frank Smith
Frank is a Senior Lecturer with the Centre for International Security Studies and the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and co-founder of the Sydney Cybersecurity Network. He is currently based in the United States, where he is Professor in the Strategic and Operational Research Department and Director of the Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute at the U.S. Naval War College. Previously, he was a research fellow with the Griffith Asia Institute and a pre-doctoral fellow with the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He has a PhD in political science and a BS in biological chemistry, both from the University of Chicago. Frank is co-editing the Project Q e-book on the societal, strategic and ethical implications of a quantum revolution in computing, communications and artificial intelligence.

Professor Alexander Wendt
Alex is Mershon Professor of International Security and Professor of Political Science at The Ohio State University. He is interested in philosophical aspects of social science, with special reference to international relations. Alex’s book, Quantum Mind and Social Science, explores the implications for social science of the possibility that consciousness is a macroscopic quantum mechanical phenomenon – in effect, that human beings are walking wave functions. Alex is co-editing Project Q’s special issue of Security Dialogue and a collected volume of essays on the significance of quantum theory for the social sciences.

Professor Colin Wight
Colin a Professor in the Department of Government and International Relations within the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. His research interests originate in the desire to explore and understand the fragmented nature of International Relations theory and to embed this understanding in wider intellectual and public debates. Colin is is co-editing the Project Q e-book on the societal, strategic and ethical implications of a quantum revolution in computing, communications and artificial intelligence.

Project Coordinators

Clare Hodgson
Clare has a background in advocacy and government relations, and has previously worked in the health and human rights sectors. She is the project officer in the Centre for International Security Studies and manages multiple projects, from events and conferences to coordinating grants and project fundraising. She is the conference coordinator for the Q Symposia and project manages all elements of Project Q and its outputs.

José Torrealba
José is a graduate of the Concordia University with a BFA in film production, and has extensive experience in film production and film festival coordination. He is currently a media coordinator with the Centre for International Security Studies, organising the media production for a variety of projects and events. José is involved in the production and editing of Q Media, which includes producing the Q documentary films.

Media Production Team

Daisy De Windt
Daisy is the Business Manager of Conceptavision: an end-to-end video production house. She works behind the scenes to manage Conceptavision’s input into Project Q. She worked on small and large projects in the health sector for over 10 years before joining Conceptavision and is a certified project manager (PRINCE2 and CAPM). Daisy holds tertiary qualifications in Biomedical Science, Business and Health Law and is passionate about projects that fuse science and the arts.

Jack McGrath
Jack has a background in Fine Arts from the University of Sydney and has lectured in film and animation for a number of years at the University of Sydney, Sydney Film School, Australian Film Television and Radio School, and The University of Technology Sydney. He has written and directed a wide range of short films that have been screened around Australia and internationally. He is the Director of Conceptavision and has collaborated with the CISS team on the film and documentation aspects of Project Q.

Research Assistants

Gabriella Skoff
Gabriella holds a Master of International Development from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor from New York University, where she specialised in International Relations and Sociology. She is currently living in the Netherlands, where she works at the intersection of high technology and social impact as a Researcher and an Advisor to local and international start-ups. Gabriella’s interests lie in emerging technologies, social impact, sustainability and international development.

Lucy Sunman
Lucy is a practising solicitor and holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of New South Wales. Lucy also completed the International Human Rights Law Summer School at the University of Oxford and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Government and International Relations from the University of Sydney. She is currently undertaking a Masters of Philosophy at the University of Sydney, examining virtual counterterrorism policy. In addition to counterterrorism studies, Lucy’s research interests include international law, the law of war, and Australia’s foreign and defence policy.

Alexander Vipond
Alexander works at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. He has a Masters of International Security from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of New South Wales. He has previously worked for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the United States Studies Centre. His research interests include the emerging technologies, environmental security and nuclear non-proliferation.

Aleksa Vulovic
Aleksa holds a Bachelor of International and Global Studies with First-Class Honours from the University of Sydney. He is a current PhD candidate at the University of Sydney and his research interests include: Virtual Warfare, Media Politics, Cybernetics and Utopias. Alongside his PHD studies, Aleksa works as a freelance filmmaker responsible for a number of viral, political documentaries.

Jayson Waters
Jayson Waters holds a Master in International Relations from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of International Studies from Macquarie University. His research interests include: non-ordinary phenomena, time, non-linear causality, and all things quantum. In addition to pursuing a PhD at the University of Sydney on the topic of ‘Quantum International Relations,’ Jayson assists Professor James Der Derian with Project Q and its subsidiaries.

Website Coordinator

John Mazza
John is a web designer/developer living in Providence, Rhode Island. He holds a BA in Digital Art and Design from the University of Rhode Island, along with an MA in Media Studies from Rhode Island College. Aside from his work on Project Q and various other freelance projects, John currently works full time as the Manager of Web and Multimedia Technology for the The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.