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Associate Professor in Strategic Studies, Macquarie University

A/Prof. Adam Lockyer is an Associate Professor in Strategic Studies at Macquarie University. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Sea Power Centre - Australia. A/Prof. Lockyer held the 2015 Fulbright Scholarship in US-Australian Alliance Studies at Georgetown University.

Before joining the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, A/Prof. Lockyer was a Research Fellow in Defence Studies at the University of New South Wales. He has also held positions at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in Washington, DC, and was the Lowy Institute's 2008 Thawley Scholarship in International Security winner.

A/Prof. Lockyer has published widely on issues relating to Australian defence strategy, US defence and foreign policy, post-conflict reconstruction, governance and insurgency. His article titled "The Logic of Interoperability: Australia's Acquisition of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter" won the SAGE Award for the best international contribution to a Canadian academic journal in 2013. His article entitled "Evaluating Civil Development in Counterinsurgency Operations" won the prestigious Boyer Prize for best original article published in the Australian Journal of International Affairs in 2012. His most recent book is titled: Australian Defence Strategy: Evaluating Alternatives for a Contested Asia (Melbourne University Press, 2017).

His current research examines maritime deterrence strategies.


  • 2014–present
    Associate Professor in Strategic Studies, Macquarie University
  • 2010–2013
    Lecturer in US politics and foreign policy, United States Studies Centre
  • 2009–2009
    Visiting fellow, Centre for Strategic and International Studies


  • 2009 
    The University of Sydney, PhD