Dr Austin is a Professor in the Australian Centre for Cyber Security at the University of New South Wales (Canberra). He concurrently serves as a Professorial Fellow with the EastWest Institute (EWI) in New York.
He has a career of achievement in international security affairs, including seven university appointments in world class universities or departments in the UK and Australia alongside publishing six books on Asian security affairs (five are on China), each with a strong interdisciplinary focus, and one additional edited volume on energy security.
His current research interests are in cyber strategy and diplomacy, security policies of China and Russia, countering violent extremism, and national security ethics.
He was posted in Australian Security Policy as Ministerial advisor, parliamentary committee secretary, international intelligence liaison officer and intelligence analyst.
He received recognition by students and peers for his high quality teaching and mentoring as well as his international consultations with business and government. He has had multiple work assignments in London, Brussels, Washington DC, Hong Kong and Canberra. He has done some fieldwork or professional visits to China, Russia, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand, Russia, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan.
He is also known for his research leadership roles in globally prominent NGOs, including as Vice President of the EastWest Institute and Asia Program Director in the International Crisis Group.