GTReC emerged out of the multidisciplinary Global Terrorism Research Unit, which formed in 2002, and was officially established in 2006 with seed funding from the Department of Premier and Cabinet, State Government of Victoria, as a part of its $5.6 million counter-terrorism initiative. GTReC is established across two Victorian campuses (Caulfield and Clayton), comprises members of three Faculties (Arts, Law and Medicine), and representatives from three disciplines within the Arts Faculty’s School of Political and Social Inquiry (Politics, Sociology and Behavioural Studies).
The Centre’s network of Adjunct Research Associates includes counter-terrorism practitioners within the Victoria Police; and scholars based in the US, New Zealand and elsewhere in Australia. GTReC’s staff members’ research interests straddle Australia, South East Asia, the US, East Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, and Russia. The researchers possess language competence in Arabic, French, Indonesian, Malay, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai and Turkish.
GTReC is currently among the most vibrant and dynamic academic bodies analysing contemporary terrorism, and related issues on national security, human security and social cohesion. Its unique approach to terrorism studies, fusing area, regional and country studies, studies of new religious movements, identity, cultural and subcultural politics, security studies and the relationship between local and the global developments, has earned it the trust and respect of academic colleagues, state and government officials, law enforcement and security organisations, civic and religious groups and international policy-making bodies. GTReC staff members have worked closely with, and advised counter-terrorism stakeholders ranging from high schools and community peak bodies, the Australian Government and several of its departments, other allied governments, and international organizations including the Club de Madrid, and the United Nations Secretary General’s Informal Working Group on Countering Terrorism.
To generate cutting edge globally relevant insights into the threat of terrorism through inter-disciplinary research techniques, the development of international research collaboration, and to foster counter-terrorism practices that strengthen inter-cultural harmony.
- To conduct innovative research into terrorism, counter-terrorism, cultural conflict and cooperation that is internationally and nationally significant;
- To provide education to postgraduate and undergraduate students;
- To provide government, the public, private and philanthropic sectors and the broader community with credible, culturally informed information on terrorism and political violence;
- To strengthen the national and international scholarly community researching into terrorism.