Our partners

Deakin's School of Humanities and Social Sciences has been working with the Australian Department of Defence since the 1980s.

We currently partner with the Australian War College to provide education and professional development of senior Australian military officers, public servants and regional partners.

Strategic Studies at the Australian War College

Since 2001, Deakin has supported the education and professional development of the next generation of senior defence leaders through its partnership with the Australian Defence College. This partnership is currently facilitated through the Australian War College.

The Australian War College is Australia's senior professional military education institution, and aims to provide graduates with an intellectual edge through a broad education in contemporary and future strategic challenges and opportunities.

Deakin supports Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC) at the Australian War College through the design and development of course modules, academic advice to the leaders and facilitators of the program, and through the provision of a research program.

Research and writing

Deep intellectual engagement with some of the key issues facing the profession of arms and the broader defence and national security community is crucial. Selected senior leaders have the opportunity to make a significant contribution towards the production of new knowledge on defence and national security issues through Deakin's PhD by Folio program. This deeper level of study is important in developing the ability of strategic leaders to engage intellectually in debates about the present and future of their profession and nation.

From left: Mr John Stanhope, AM, Chancellor; General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC Chief of the Defence Force and Major General Mick Ryan, AM, Commander Australian Defence College

From left: Mr John Stanhope, AM, Chancellor; General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC Chief of the Defence Force and Major General Mick Ryan, AM, Commander Australian Defence College

Future learning technology and professional military education

The Australian War College and Australian Defence College have identified the importance of reaching a broad and geographically dispersed workforce. Deakin is recognised as an industry leader in online learning and will continue to support the Australian War College in the development of new approaches to education for senior defence practitioners.

Staff listing

Academic staff
Professor Michael Evans
Dr Michael Hatherell
Dr Jia (Jade) Guan
Dr Elizabeth Buchanan

Administrative staff
Project Officer (Contracts)
Ken Hauritz

e-Learning Technologist
Daniel Lim

Learning Technical Support Officer
Lisa Casey

Publications and Research Officer
Fiona Mackrell

Contact us

For more information about Deakin’s partnership with the Australian War College, please contact the Academic Director, Dr Michael Hatherell at m.hatherell@deakin.edu.au