Global Terrorism Index

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences was proud to host the exclusive Sydney launch of the Global Terrorism Index.

A partnership between UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and the Institute for Economics and Peace, this event presented the key findings from this year’s report on the economic impact of terrorism.

The world’s leading metric for policymakers needing to track, understand and measure the underlying drivers and impact of terrorism, the Global Terrorism Index provides a comprehensive overview of the current local and global terrorist threat.

Exploring the impact of ISIS, Boko Haram and other non-state organisations, Steve Killelea, Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace, will present key findings from the report. These insights will then lead into a panel discussion from those working and researching in this field, featuring professionals and UNSW academics, Dr Laura J. Shepherd and Dr Nicola McGarrity.

Listen to the event podcast to find out what this means for Australia and humanity and to hear the audience-driven Q&A with our esteemed panel.


Eleanor Hall - International journalist and host of The World Today, ABC radio


Associate Professor Laura J. Shepherd - UNSW Arts & Social Sciences

Dr Nicola McGarrity - Senior Lecturer, UNSW Law

Steve Killelea AM - Founder & Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace

Leanne Smith - Chief, Policy and Best Practice Service, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (on sabbatical)

Find this year's report here

GTI 2016 Cover


Eleanor Hall

Eleanor Hall

Eleanor is an international journalist, former foreign correspondent and the voice of ABC radio's award winning The World Today which reports Australia's place in the world and the way that international issues affect us.



Laura Shepherd

Associate Professor Laura J. Shepherd

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences

Dr. Laura J. Shepherd is Associate Professor of International Relations in the School of Social Sciences, UNSW Australia in Sydney, Australia, and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security in London, UK. Laura’s primary research focuses on the United Nations Security Council’s Women, Peace and Security agenda. She has written extensively on the formulation of UNSCR1325 and subsequent Women, Peace and Security resolutions, and her research engages the motifs of violence prevention, participation, and protection that characterise debates about women, peace and security in global politics.

Nicola McGarrity

Dr Nicola McGarrity, Senior Lecturer


Dr Nicola McGarrity is a Senior Lecturer in Public and Criminal Law in the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, and the Director of the Terrorism Law Reform Project in the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. She has published extensively on Australian and comparative anti-terrorism law and policy, with her most recent publication being Inside Australia's Anti-Terrorism Laws and Trials (2014, co-authored with Professors Andrew Lynch and George Williams). Nicola's particular area of expertise is in the prosecution of terrorist suspects; this has been developed not only through Nicola's research but also her experience as a barrister at the New South Wales and Victorian Bars. Most notably, Nicola spent the second half of 2010 appearing as defence counsel before the Victorian Supreme Court on behalf of one of five men accused of planning an attack on Holsworthy Army Barracks. Nicola has worked with a range of community and political organisations on advocacy campaigns relating to the reform of Australia's anti-terrorism laws and is often called upon to give background information and interviews for the hard copy and electronic media.

Steve Killelea

Steve Killelea AM

Founder & Executive Chairman

Integrated Research Ltd; The Charitable Foundation; Institute for Economics and Peace

Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace, an independent research institute dedicated to better understanding the social and economic factors that develop a more peaceful society.

Steve currently serves on a number of influential Company Boards, Advisory Boards and President Councils. In 2010 he was honoured as Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the global peace movement and the provision of humanitarian aid to the developing world. In 2013 Steve was nominated one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Armed Violence Reduction”.

Leanne Smith

Leanne Smith

Chief, Policy and Best Practice Service, Un Department of Peacekeeping Operations (on sabbatical)

Leanne Smith is an Australian diplomat and human rights lawyer who is currently on sabbatical from her position as the Chief of the Policy and Best Practice Service of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York. Leanne has worked in the Australian judicial system, for the Australian Human Rights Commission, in the international NGO sector, regional human rights organisations, for the Australian Government (DFAT) and in various roles for the United Nations. She has served in Southeast Asia, Africa, the Balkans and Afghanistan. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University’s College of Diplomacy and a Masters of Public Policy Graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. Leanne graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours).