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The Second World War Research Group, Asia-Pacific is an organisation that brings together those scholars across the Asia-Pacific region who are researching aspects of the broad period of the Second World War.

The regional group aims to promote innovative research, serve to connect scholars, as well as provide a central point of contact for research on the Second World War.

As part of its mission, the Second World War Research Group, Asia-Pacific will act as a regional forum for:

  • Bringing together new perspectives on the conflict;

  • Publicising recent and current research into the conflict and its global impact;

  • Encouraging collaboration in research across the scholarly community and academic disciplines;

  • Providing an organisational hub for conferences, seminars and other events relating to the conflict; and

  • Supporting members by serving as the first point of contact for key stakeholders and audiences interested in research and expertise on the Second World War.

Dr Karl James


Karl is a Senior Historian in the Military History Section of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia. He has published widely on Australia’s involvement in the Second World War, and the history of Australia’s Special Operations Forces

Professor Peter Dean


Peter is currently Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Western Australia. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre. His  research interests include the Pacific War, Australian military history, military adaptation and innovation, amphibious warfare, command and coalition warfare

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Nicole Townsend


Nicole is a Doctoral Candidate and Research Associate at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Her current research examines Australia’s involvement in the Mediterranean and Middle East theatre during the Second World War, and her previous research has examined cultural, social and operational aspects of Australian involvement in the Second World War.



If you are interested in becoming a member of the Second World War Research Group, Asia-Pacific, please email us at, giving your name, affiliation and research interests.

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