Dr Shannon Ford

Visiting Fellow

Dr Shannon Brandt Ford is Coordinator of the International Relations Major at Curtin University. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Asia-Pacific International Society of Military Ethics and a Faculty Affiliate with the Program on Cybersecurity and Internet Governance at Indiana University.

Dr Ford has taught a range of undergraduate and postgraduate subjects at Curtin University, the Australian National University, Charles Sturt University, and University of New South Wales, Canberra. He has also developed and taught professional development programs for government agencies in international security, intelligence, and policy-making processes in Australia and overseas.

Before completing his PhD at the ANU, Dr Ford worked in Strategic Policy Division at the Australian Department of Defence where he coordinated strategy planning work with the U.S. Department of Defence. Prior to that, he was an analyst with the Defence Intelligence Organisation specialising in North Asian security issues. He left Defence to take up a position as a Research Fellow with the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the ANU. Before moving to Western Australia, he completed a Visiting Fellowship at Australian Defence Force Academy where he examined the political, ethical and legal dilemmas of emerging weapon technologies.

Dr Ford’s research has been published in the Journal of Military Ethics, Journal of Cyber Policy, Quartz, The Conversation, and The Interpreter. Selected publications include: ‘The Evolution of the US-Australia Strategic Relationship’ in The Future of the United States-Australia Alliance (2021); ‘The Current State of Intelligence Studies’ (with Rhys Crawley) in Intelligence and the Function of Government (2018); ‘Weaponising Social Media’ in Ethics Under Fire (2017); ‘Military Ethics and Strategy: National Security, Moral Values and Cultural Perspective’ (2015) in the Routledge Handbook on Military Ethics; and ‘Jus Ad Vim and the Just Use of Lethal Force Short-of-War’ (2013) in the Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War.