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

Professor Colin Wight
Colin is the Chair of the Department of Government and International Relations 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 co-producer of an edited collection of essays on peace and security in a quantum age.

Dr. Frank Smith
Frank is a lecturer with the Centre for International Security Studies and Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. 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 coordinating the production of the green paper on quantum policy for Project Q.

Assistant Professor Jairus Grove
Jairus is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Hawaii, whose research is centered on the ecologies and futures of global warfare. 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-producer of an edited collection of essays on peace and security in a quantum age.

Project Coordinators

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.

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 projects coordinator for the Centre for International Security Studies, focusing on the management of different projects within the Centre, from organising events and conferences to coordinating grants and project fundraising. She is the conference coordinator for the Q Symposia, and is involved in the coordination of Project Q.

Media Production Team

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 the project.

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 the project.

Gilbert Bel-Bachir
Gilbert is a photographer and independent curator based in Sydney and has curated many exhibitions in both Europe and Australia. His work is part of numerous collections including The Art Gallery of Western Australia, The State Library of NSW, the Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney, the Drill Hall Gallery and the Michel & Michelle Auer Private Collection in Geneva, Switzerland. Gilbert is the official stills photographer of Project Q.

Research Assistants

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.

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 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 quantum technologies, cybersecurity, nuclear weapons and terrorism.

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.