He has a doctorate from the University of New South Wales on grand strategy and has taught on the topic at the Eisenhower College, US National Defense University and the Australian War College, Canberra. For his academic studies, he was awarded a Fellowship to the European University Institute, Fiesole, Italy.
His research interests include grand strategy, national security policies particularly relating to middle powers, defence force structure concepts and the impacts of emerging technology. He contributes regularly to the public policy debate on defence and foreign affairs issues and is the author of the book Grand Strategy.
His publications may be accessed at: https://peterlayton.academia.edu/research#papers