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Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

Dr Tristan Dunning is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. He has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Queensland. He is the author of "Hamas, Jihad and Popular Legitimacy: Reinterpreting Resistance in Palestine" published in Routledge's Critical Terrorism Studies Series in February 2016. This book is based on extensive fieldwork in Palestine and the wider Levant. He is also the editor of "Palestine: Past and Present" published in 2019. He published journal articles in Critical Studies on Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Small Wars and Insurgencies.

He has written numerous short-form pieces for a number of publications including, Fairfax (i.e., The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times, WA Today), The Conversation, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Outlook for the Australian Instititue for International Affairs, The New Arab, and Daily Sabah, among others. He has also made numerous appearances in the media, including Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV and radio, Sky News Australia, and a variety of other Australian and international media outlets.

Tristan has worked as lecturer at the University of Queensland, the University of the Sunshine Coast, and the American University of Afghanistan. He has also worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of Duhok in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq in 2013-14 and an-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine in 2010. He has lived, worked and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East including Palestine, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Qatar, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Israel, and the UAE.

Tristan can be followed on Twitter @trisdunning and/or on Facebook at

Most of his academic publications can be accessed for free on ResearchGate here

Alongside these, a list of his short form publications can be found on at


  • 2006–present
    Sessional Instructor, The University of Queensland
  • 2018–present
    Lecturer - International Relations, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • 2018–2018
    Senior Researcher - Middle East, Australian Parliamentary Library
  • 2018–2018
    Lecturer - Modern Middle East History, The University of Queensland
  • 2013–2014
    Lecturer, University of Duhok


  • 2013 
    University of Queensland, PhD, Political Science


  • 2019
    Dunning, Tristan (ed). Palestine: Past and Present,
  • 2018
    Morris, James and Dunning, Tristan, "Rearing Cubs of the Caliphate: An Examination of Child Soldier Recruitment by Da’esh" , Terrorism and Political Violence
  • 2018
    Doyle, Damian and Dunning, Tristan, "Recognizing fragmented authority: towards a post-Westphalian security order in Iraq", Small Wars and Insurgencies
  • 2018
    "Yemen : the 'worst humanitarian crisis in the world' continues", Australian Parliamentary Library
  • 2016
    Hamas, Jihad and Popular Legitimacy: Reinterpreting Resistance in Palestine, Routledge
  • 2016
    Doyle, Damian & Dunning, Tristan, "Politics or Piety? Problematising the Sunni-Shi'a schism in Iraq", Islam: Global Issues, Challenges and Perspectives of the 21st Century
  • 2015
    “Islam and resistance: Hamas, ideology and Islamic Values”, Critical Studies on Terrorism