Dr Malcolm Davis

Level 1, Building 1a, Faculty of Society & Design, Bond University

Professional biography

My background has included both extensive academic work, both in Australia and in the UK, as well as a number of years with Government, at the Australian Department of Defence. My research focus is on Chinese defence and strategic policy issues, with an interest in Chinese Space policy, air power, sea power, and strategic thought.

From November 2007 to March 2012, I was with the Department of Defence, undertaking strategic policy analysis and development, focusing on strategic and security developments in Asia - notably, China and North Korea; considering force structure development issues, and participating in the preparation of the Defence Planning Guidance in 2010-11. From August 2000 to October 2007, I was with Kings College London as a Lecturer in Defence Studies with the Defence Studies Department, Kings College London, at the Joint Services Command and Staff College. This involved academic teaching to military officers from the UK and overseas, and running my own courses as part of the Kings College MA in Defence Studies. From August 1997 to June 2000, I undertook Doctoral studies at the University of Hull, finishing my PhD on 'The RMA in East Asia - a Maritime perspective' in November 2002. I also undertook undergraduate and postgraduate teaching during this time. From January 1991 to May 1995, I was an adjunct teaching fellow at Bond University, where I was responsible for preparation and delivery of the ASIA 100 International Relations course.

Professional admissions

  • The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
  • The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
  • The Kokoda Foundation
  • The Australian Strategic Policy Institute
  • The Lowy Institute for Public Policy

Professional appointments

  • Assistant Director - Strategic External Relations and Education - Strategic Policy Division, Department of Defence
  • Assistant Director - Strategic Policy Guidance - Strategic Policy Division, Department of Defence
  • Staff Officer Strategy - Navy Strategy and Futures, Royal Australian Navy HQ
  • Lecturer in Defence Studies - Defence Studies Department, Kings College London
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant in Pacific Security - Department of Politics, The University of Hull
  • Adjunct Teaching Fellow in International Relations - Department of International Relations, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Bond University

Teaching expertise

Defence and Strategic Studies
Security Studies
International Relations



  • Doctor of Philosophy in Strategic Studies, University of Hull
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Studies, ANU
  • Master of Arts in International Relations and Strategic Studies, Lancaster University, UK
  • Bachelor of Arts in Politics, The Flinders University of South Australia