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Dr Campion (BA (Hons 1 Class) PhD (JCU) is Lecturer of Terrorism Studies in the Master of Terrorism and Security Studies degree at Charles Sturt University. She is also an author, having published Australia's first comprehensive history of terrorism titled Chasing Shadows: The untold and deadly story of terrorism in Australia

She is the Joint Editor-in-Chief of Salus Journal, an independent peer reviewed policing journal; sits on the editorial board of Extremism  (United Kingdom) and the National Security Journal (New Zealand); and was a  guest editor of Social Sciences Special Issue on the Global Rise of the Far Right. 

Dr Campion is Coordinator and Key Researcher of the Threats to Australian Domestic Security team, within the Contemporary Threats to Australian Security (CTAS) research group. The Domestic Security team engages in collaborative research on the contemporary extreme right wing threat.

Her research has focused on diverse terrorism threat natures in western democratic contexts. Her publications on right wing extremism have identified the extensive transnational and domestic networks; defined ideological systems and beliefs; examined the participation of women; and explored the contextual factors which has enabled its overall endurance.

Dr Campion's publications on left wing extremism have illuminated and provided nuance to a little understood - and contentious - threat nature. This has included an examination of "unstructured terrorism" as a historical strategy, through to contemporary resistance measures. 

Her other research has examined threats such as violent Salafi Jihadism, with respect to their presence in Australia and Indonesia, transnational connectivity, and lone actor violence. She published on the underlying motivations for jihadist destruction of arts and antiquities, and responses to the context created by COVID-19.  

Dr Campion was Younger Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Researching Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo, and contributor of the Australian Right-wing terrorism and violence dataset. 

Dr Campion lectures the History of Terrorism, spanning left wing, nationalist, and other terrorism threats. She developed and delivers Australia’s only subject on Right Wing Extremism and Terrorism. She also supervises HDR candidates specialising in terrorism and security studies. 

Dr Campion engages regularly with the broader counter terrorism community. She speaks to various domestic and international security audiences in an academic context. She also provides professional insight to state and federal professional security audiences in Australia on contemporary terrorism natures. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

History, Doctor of Philosophy, James Cook University, Australia

Award Date: 16 Mar 2016

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