Our Aim

As a network of research institutes and think tanks in Asia. NTS-Asia aims to do the following :

  1. Develop further the process of networking among scholars and analysts working on NTS issues in the region
  2. To build long-term and sustainable regional capacity for research on NTS issues, and
  3. Mainstream and advance the field of non-traditional security studies in Asia.

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Institute for Human Security

The La Trobe University Institute for Human Security is a collaborative, interdisciplinary and University wide research facility, centred in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, which builds on existing research strength in the university. Its activities will promote the broad aims inherent in the UN definition.

The U.N. Commission on Human Security has defined it ďas far more than the absence of violent conflict. It encompasses human rights, good governance and access to economic opportunity, education and health care.Ē This is based on an earlier UNDP definition that includes seven clusters, namely economic, food, health, environmental, personal, community and political security (see UNDP Human Development report 1994 for details - PDF 4.7MB). These definitions cover the full range of security aspects from the essentials for bare life (food and shelter) to the safeguarding of citizenís rights to adequate health care and civil liberties.

The concern for human security in its broadest definition has a long history at La Trobe University and the new institute for Human Security seeks to enable, enhance and co-ordinate discussion, research, and concrete policy advice from university staff and students across the university for dissemination in academia, the policy sector and to the general public.

The existing Centres for Refugee Health and Dialogue, and the South Asia Research Facility are core affiliates of the Institute, but membership is open to all academic staff whose research fits under the rubric of human security, embracing a variety of non-traditional areas of security. The Institute builds on strengths in international health; food security; new threats to global security; good governance; population movements etc. and works closely with other areas in the University around sustainability and climate change.


Professor Dennis Altman
Institute for Human Security
Email: d.altman@latrobe.edu.au

Dr Gerhard Hoffstaedter
Research Fellow
Institute for Human Security
Email: g.hoffstaedter@latrobe.edu.au

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