Adjunct Associate Professor, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney

Philip Alpers is founding director of, a global project of the Sydney School of Public Health which compares armed violence, firearm injury prevention and gun law across 350 jurisdictions world-wide. He is a director of the Centre for Armed Violence Reduction, which hosts the secretariat of the Pacific Small Arms Action Group (

Accredited to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action since 2001, Philip Alpers participates in the UN process as a member of the Australian government delegation. A former Senior Fellow at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, Harvard School of Public Health, he presents internationally and testifies at government hearings on firearm injury prevention, law and policy. In a previous career in journalism he hosted two dozen television documentaries, a weekly prime-time consumer affairs show and a dozen television series and programmes for New Zealand public broadcasters.

Philip Alpers is recognised among the ‘Top 100: The most influential people in armed violence reduction’ compiled by the peak international NGO in this field.

Research interests: firearm injury prevention, firearm-related suicide, unintentional gun death and injury, armed violence, guns in family violence, firearm trafficking, curbing the proliferation of small arms, the impact of small arms on sustainable development (SDG 16), post-conflict disarmament in the Pacific, weapon collection and destruction, regulation of firearms, licensing and registration, enforcement of gun laws, ammunition controls, firearm and ammunition marking and tracing.


  • 2004–present
    Adjunct Associate Professor, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney