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.


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.

Raelene Loong
Raelene has a background in graphic design, film and communications, and has worked in media and comms for a variety of film festivals in Australia. She is currently the projects coordinator for the Centre for International Security Studies, focusing on the management of different projects within the Centre, from organizing 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, and is currently 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 worked behind the scenes to help 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

Brian Gordon
Brian is a PhD student in Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, where he uses political theory to engage questions of digital embodiment and the politics of clinical pathology. He is working on a cartography of internet addiction pathology that aims to illuminate the biopolitical contours of this emergent disorder. Drawing on his current research and a background in tech communications, Brian is the social media liaison for Project Q.

Jayson Waters
Jayson is currently completing a Master in International Relations at the University of Sydney. Prior to commencing his current course of study, Jayson completed a Bachelor of International Studies at Macquarie University; majoring in Spanish and Asian Studies. His research interests include nutrition, population and health security, UFO phenomena, exopolitics, and all things quantum. Jayson is assisting Professor James Der Derian with Project Q, the Project Q green paper, and the Q documentary project.

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 Australias’ foreign and defence policy.

Benjamin Foldy
Ben is a writer and researcher living in Brooklyn, New York. He holds a BA in history and political science and an MA in political science, both from McGill University. As the rapporteur for Project Q, he writes about presentations and other affiliated research for the project’s website and blog. He plans to continue his studies at University of Sydney and CISS in the near future.

Zoe Hawkins
Zoe has a Bachelor of International and Global Studies, majoring in Government and International Relations from the University of Sydney. She is currently working as a research intern at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and is in the process of completing a Masters of International Security. Her research interests are cyber security, drone technology and the future of warfare. Zoe is currently assisting Dr. Frank Smith with the Project Q green paper on quantum policy.

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.