Dr. David Hammond joined the Institute for Economics and Peace in 2012 and was appointed to Director of Research in 2018. In his time at IEP he has contributed to the annual releases Global Peace Index, the Positive Peace Index and the Global Terrorism Index. David has also consulted for the World Health Organisation, UNDP, DFAT, OECD and King’s College London on quantitative peace, conflict and development analysis. Of note, David has co-authored an input paper on multidimensional risk for the United Nations and World Bank flagship “Pathways to Peace” publication, developed the OECD States of Fragility model, and worked with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) on implementing SDG16 in the Pacific.
David began his career as mathematics modeller in the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). In this role David worked a large scale projects to inform strategic procurement requirements for the Australian Government. He also worked on tactical and operational studies for the Australian Defence Force.
After completing his Masters of Science (Operations Analysis and Statistics), David was offered a scholarship from the University of Portsmouth to undertake a PhD in environmental economics in 2005. Finishing in 2008, David returned to Sydney to take up an analyst position at a Defence contractor.
- Hammond, D. (2016) Are We Becoming More Violent?, BBC Focus, November
- Hammond, D, Mapped: How the World Became More Violent, The Telegraph,
- Contributing author, OECD States of Fragility 2016: Understanding Violence.
- Contributing author since 2012 of the Global Peace Index, the Global Terrorism Index, and the Positive Peace Index published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, Sydney, Australia.