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James Dwyer

James Dwyer

Lecturer, Police Studies and Emergency Management
School of Social Sciences

Room 408, Social Sciences, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 6351 (phone)

James Dwyer is an Associate Lecturer in Police Studies and Emergency Management at the School of Social Sciences, and a researcher with the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies. James’ research specialises in the field of security and strategic studies, focusing on topics such as ballistic missile defence, nuclear deterrence, terrorism/counter-terrorism and active armed offenders.

Before taking on his current role as Associate Lecturer, James was a Teaching Fellow in Police Studies at the University of Tasmania.

Career summary


BA (1stClass Hons) Defence at What cost? The Effects of US Ballistic Missile Defence on China's Nuclear Deterrence, and Regional Security in the Asia-Pacific. University of Tasmania. 2014

Bachelor of Social Science (International Relations and Psychology)


Professional practice

  • Australian Institute of International Affairs
  • Australian Political Studies Association
  • International Studies Association


Teaching responsibility

  • Course Coordinator for the Tasmania Police Sergeants Qualifying Course
  • Course Coordinator for the Tasmania Police Front Line Supervisors Course

Unit coordinator for:

  • HSP104 Integrity and Governance in Policing
  • HSP108 What is Policing
  • HSP109 Policing in Diverse Contexts
  • HSP316 Policing, Leadership and Governance
  • HSP319 Supervising Command and Control in Policing
  • HSP325 Social Research in Professional Practice A
  • HSP326 Social Research in Professional Practice B

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Research Themes

James' research aligns with the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. His research interests include understanding how ballistic missile defence programs affects nuclear deterrence and international security, particularly in Europe and the Asia-Pacific. James also researches non-traditional security threats, including terrorism/counter-terrorism and cyberwarfare, and looks at what effects these non-traditional threats have on our understanding of security.

Research fields

  • ballistic missile defence
  • international security
  • nuclear deterrence
  • strategic studies
  • cyberwarfare
  • terrorism/counter-terrorism
  • active armed offenders

Fields of Research

  • International Relations (160607)
  • Police Administration, Procedures and Practice (160205)

Research Objectives

  • National Security (810107)
  • Law Enforcement (940404)


Total publications


Journal Article

(2 outputs)
2016Dwyer J, 'Ballistic missile defence and the changing nature of deterrence: the US rebalance and China's nuclear strategy', US-China Law Review, 13, (6) pp. 474-490. ISSN 1548-6605 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.17265/1548-6605/2016.06.004 [eCite] [Details]


2015McLean W, Dwyer J, 'Nuclear deterrence, missile systems and the security of Turkey in the 'new' Middle East', Insight Turkey, 17, (3) pp. 141-162. ISSN 1302-177X (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: McLean W


Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
2015Dwyer JM, 'Ballistic Missile Defence and the Changing Nature of Deterrence: The US Rebalance and China's Nuclear Strategy', Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2015, 28-30 September 2015, Canberra, pp. 1-25. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Other Public Output

(8 outputs)
2018Bartkowiak-Theron IMF, Dwyer JM, O'Shea BJ, 'Teaching partnerships in police higher education: An exciting time to reflect', Policing Insight, online, 22 January 2018 (2018) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: Bartkowiak-Theron IMF; O'Shea BJ

2017Dwyer J, 'Explainer: what is ballistic missile defence - and would it stop a missile from North Korea?', The Conversation, online, 6 July 2017 (2017) [Magazine Article]

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2017Dwyer JM, 'National TV interview with ABC News 24's News Breakfast program' (2017) [Media Interview]

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2016Dwyer JM, 'The anniversary of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and the role of nuclear weapons today', 936 Hobart with Melanie Tait, Australian Broadcasting Company, Tasmania (2016) [Media Interview]

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2015Dwyer JM, 'North Korea's submarine missile firing raises the nuclear stakes', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, May 18 (2015) [Magazine Article]

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2015Dwyer JM, 'Australia can have ballistic missile defence - doesn't mean we should', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, May 27 (2015) [Magazine Article]

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2015Dwyer JM, 'North Korea deploys sub fleet - and the US can't find them', The Wire, @SER and Radio Adelaide, Australia, 24 August (2015) [Media Interview]

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2015Dwyer JM, 'North Korea's Nuclear Testing More Advanced Than Anticipated?', 2SER 107.3 Radio, Sydney Educational Broadcasting Ltd, Australia (2015) [Media Interview]

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