Trevor Findlay is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, with a BA Honours degree in political science, and of the Australian National University (ANU), with a Masters degree and a PhD in international relations. Dr Findlay spent thirteen years in the Australian diplomatic service, with posti...
Trevor Findlay is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, with a BA Honours degree in political science, and of the Australian National University (ANU), with a Masters degree and a PhD in international relations. Dr Findlay spent thirteen years in the Australian diplomatic service, with postings in Tokyo, Mexico City and Geneva. In the latter position he was a member of the Australian delegation to the Conference on Disarmament, as well as delegations to the UN General Assembly and UN Disarmament Commission in New York. Appointed in 1986 to the newly-established Peace Research Centre at the ANU as inaugural Foreign Affairs Disarmament Fellow, he later became Senior Fellow and acting head of the Centre for two years. This was followed by fours years at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Sweden, where he established the institute's program on peacekeeping and regional security.
From 1998 to early 2005 Dr Findlay was Executive Director of the London-based Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC), a non-governmental organisation that focuses on the verification of international agreements, particularly in respect of arms control, disarmament, the environment and peace accords.
Dr Findlay was chair of the Independent Commission on the Verifiability of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 2000. He has been on the faculty of the Lester B. Pearson Canadian International Peacekeeping Training Centre. He is the recipient of several awards and research grants, including the Jeanette Kosky Prize in International Relations, the Dwight Final Examination Prize and the Evans-Grawmeyer Award initiated by Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans. He is on the editorial board of International Peacekeeping.
Dr Findlay commenced his appointment at Carleton University in February 2005. In addition to teaching, he has helped establish a centre of research excellence within the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, known as the Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance, formally launched at the end of March 2005. The Centre concerns itself with the theory and practice of compliance with international agreements generally, but will be focusing initially on arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation issues.