Social Influence

Authors & Contributors


Brad West is an Associate Professor of sociology at the University of South Australia. His research focuses on the multidimensional relationship between the military, warfare and the civil sphere. He is the founding co-President of the Military Organisation and Culture Studies Group, an Australian based military sociology research network with members spanning academia and Defence institutions.

Emma Thomas is Matthew Flinders Professor of Psychology at Flinders University. Her work sits at the nexus of social and political psychology and focusses on understanding when, why and how people commit to engaging in collective action to bring about a desired social change. She is a member of the Department of Defence Information Warfare Innovation Community and was a 2018 South Australian Tall Poppy Awardee.

Cassandra Quarisa is a PhD candidate in social psychology at Flinders University, with interests in the social and cognitive antecedents of conspiracy beliefs and how these beliefs can inform engagement in reactionary social movements.

Damien Spry is a Senior Social Influence Researcher in the Human and Decision Sciences Division, Defence Science and Technology Group. He has a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Sydney.


Thomas Crosbie, Royal Danish Defence College

Selda Dagistanli, Western Sydney University

Louis Everuss, UniSA

Kristen Stevens, UniSA

Elena Spasovska, UniSA

Steven Talbot, Defence Science and Technology Group

Dragana Calic, Defence Science and Technology Group

Adriarne Laver, Defence Science and Technology Group

Matthew Preston, Defence Science and Technology Group