I currently teach in the Master of Development Studies in the School of Social and Political Sciences at Melbourne, and in executive education programs with the Melbourne School of Government. These subjects cover a range of themes including Politics and Contested Development in Africa; Development Research Design and Assessment; Conflict, Security and Development; Project Management and Design; as well as executive education programs taught in Australia and internationally in policy analysis, and evidence-based advocacy.I also lead the cross-disciplinary reseach cluster on Conflict, Development and Justice in the School of Social and Political Sciences, and collaborate with collegues at Melbourne, SOAS, the University of Gadjah Mada, and elsewhere for the research project on States, Frontiers and Conflict in the Asia Pacific.
The latter research collaboration is particularly interested in exploring the dynamics of change in frontiers and borderland areas in Indonesia and Myanmar.Formerly of the University of Oxford, Department of International Development, I have led academic and applied mixed-methods research programs in a number of countries, particularly in Southeast Asia and West Africa. My research focuses on the political economy and sociology of conflict, state-building and development. In particular, my research focuses on patterns of violence, processes of mobilisation and conflict de-escalation, group dynamics and identity politics, inequalities, conflict transformation and peacebuilding. My work also explores the dynamics of contention in decentralisation and multi-level governance, with a particular focus on the resource and land sectors and emerging field of climate change mitigation. Much of my prior research, and my prior and current advisory work was also concerned with the contested dimensions of development policy formulation and implementation. I have long worked together with academics, senior policy makers, development practitioners, and civil society organisations in a number of countries in Asia, Africa and Europe in both research and development. I remain an advisor on several development programs in Indonesia (including women’s empowerment programs) and recently published the co-authored book on Contesting Development with Yale University Press which was awarded the 2012 American Sociological Association Award for ‘Best New Work in Development’.
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Applying Mixed Methods Research to Participatory Development Projects and Local Conflict Mediation: A Case Study from Indonesia
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Senior Lecturer In Indonesian Studies
Social And Political Sciences
Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
University of New South Wales
Bachelor of Commerce
University of New South Wales
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Oxford