SSGM Timor-Leste Project
In 2010 SSGM implemented a new and strategic initiative to develop the Program's increasing focus on Timor-Leste and now supports a cohort of staff, students and visiting fellows who have significant experience living, working and researching in Timor-Leste. Their expertise covers a range of themes including:
- police reform;
- peace-building and state-building;
- constitution making;
- international interventions in Timor-Leste, the Solomon Islands and Bougainville;
- the politics and economics of oil and gas;
- transitional justice and reconciliation;
- the politics of commemorating and memorialising the past;
- decentralisation and state-society relations;
- rural development and livelihoods, and
- migration, gender and land.
During 2011 SSGM will pursue the establishment of an outreach and capacity building program for Timor-Leste scholars and practitioners that will mirror the programs of support it currently undertakes for the Pacific Region. This activity will build stronger people-to-people and institutional linkages between SSGM and organisations and institutions in Timor-Leste. This program will help to develop a better understanding of Timor-Leste research priorities. As well as involving SSGM's Timor-Leste expertise, this activity will draw on the larger community of area specialists at the ANU.
SSGM Program Staff, Associates, Visiting Fellows and Research Interests
Sinclair Dinnen Senior Fellow, LLB (Hons) (Strath), MA (Sheff), PhD (ANU).
Interests: Conflict and Peacemaking in Melanesia; Cultural Criminology; Restorative Justice; State-building and International Interventions. Sinclair Dinnen is working on a number of writing and research projects including the completion of a book manuscript (with Abby McLeod & Andrew Goldsmith) on Australian police engagement in East Timor, PNG & Solomon Islands; a journal article on the challenges of 'exiting' international interventions; and with Doug Porter and Matthew Allen is co-editing a book on 'Regulating Conflict in Contested Places – New Directions in Melanesia' drawing on themes emerging from the 2011 World Development Report on 'Conflict, Security and Development'.
In collaboration with Nicole Haley, Sinclair teaches the 'Law, Order and Conflict in the Pacific' unit in the ANU Masters of Applied Anthropology and Development (MAAPD) Program, which includes coverage of Timor-Leste, as well as preparing and delivering a modified version for AusAID' Law and Justice Sector. With other colleagues, he is delivering pre-deployment training for AFP personnel preparing to deploy to Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands.
Lia Kent, Postdoctoral Fellow, BA (Melb), MSW (Latrobe), LLM (Melb), PhD (Melb)
Dr Lia Kent joined SSGM in 2011 as a Postdoctoral Fellow after completing her PhDat the University of Melbourne in 2010. Lia has worked in East Timor for Oxfam International (2000) and the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (2000-2002), and has conducted research-based consultancies for organisations including Amnesty International, the Judicial Systems Monitoring Programme (JSMP) and the World Bank. Lia's research interests include transitional justice, reconciliation, the politics of commemorating and memorialising the past, gender and nation-building. She has published on East Timor for the International Journal of Transitional Justice, Development Bulletin, and edited books. In addition to working on a monograph based on her PhD thesis, Lia is researching local practices of remembering and responding to the past and how these may differ from, and challenge, the nation-building narratives of the national elite. She is also working on a collaborative research project with the International Center for Transitional Justice that seeks to document the past and present experiences of former East Timorese 'mistresses' of the Indonesian military.
Pyone Myat Thu, SSGM PhD Candidate, BSc (Hons) (UWA), Grad Dip Secondary Education (Curtin)
Pyone Myat Thu is a PhD candidate in the SSGM program. She has been awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in SSGM and is expected to take up her appointment in November 2011. Pyone's thesis takes an ethnographic approach to explore social resilience and transformation in rural Timor-Leste in the post-independence period. She examines Indonesian state interventions that sought to reshape landscapes and livelihoods in the rural districts by evicting Timorese people from their ancestral land. She questions how this legacy of displacement and translocality implicates present and future local livelihoods and Timorese sociality. Pyone's research interests are rural development, livelihoods, migration, and customary land tenure. She has worked as social adviser on the Australian government-funded food security program Seeds of Life in 2009. In 2010, she was a consultant on two socio-economic assessments of Timor-Leste for international oil and gas companies.
Sue Ingram, SSGM Associate and PhD Candidate, BA (Hons) (Sydney), Grad Dip Public Law (ANU)
Sue Ingram has a broad career in public policy, peace-building and international development. After 16 years as a Senior Executive with the Australian Government, Sue changed direction in 2000, joining the United Nations peacekeeping mission in East Timor. This evolved into a decade working in peace-building and governance, including three years with two United Nations missions in East Timor, two years as head of the Machinery of Government pillar of the Regional Assistance Mission in Solomon Islands, one year as AusAID's Principal Governance Adviser and two years as an independent consultant on governance and state-building working variously for AusAID, the World Bank and UNDP, and OECD. Sue commenced PhD studies through SSGM in mid 2010, and continues to do some consulting alongside her research. Her current research interests include peace-building and state-building; interventions in Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands and Bougainville; constitution-making and parliaments.
Gordon Peake, Visiting Fellow, SSGM, LL.B Law/Politics (Queen's, Belfast);M.Phil Modern Middle Eastern Studies (Oxford);
Douglas Porter, Adjunct Professor, BSocSc, MSocSc (Waikato, NZ),PhD (ANU)
Doug Porter contributed several Background Papers to the WDR, drawing on his recent work with the World Bank SE Asia, Africa, and in Timor Leste and Melanesia. He is adviser to the World Bank's conflict, justice and governance programs, and adjunct Professor of International Politics and Security Studies at the Australian National University. Doug's work in conflict-affected countries includes long term assignments in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia, Cambodia and Vietnam, Pakistan and southern Philippines. During 2007-2008, Doug was based in Timor-Leste. His more recent assignments have been in Solomon Islands, Indonesia and Nigeria. His research interests include the political economy of institutional change in fragile states, with a special interest in decentralization, state-society relations and justice reforms. Doug is the author of several books and articles on development and change, including Development Beyond Neoliberalism? Poverty reduction, governance, political economy (Routledge, London 2006), and is currently with David Craig concluding a study of post-conflict transition in Cambodia entitled Winning the Peace: new institutions, neo-patrimonialism and post-conflict in Cambodia, (Michigan UP, 2012).
James Fox, Emeritus Professor, RMAP
Professor James Fox's area of primary interest is Indonesia, with special focus on Java and eastern Indonesia. He has carried out considerable research in Timor, most recently in East Timor. More generally, his interests are in comparative issues affecting the whole of the Asia Pacific region. His research interests/expertise include history and anthropology of Indonesia and East Timor; rural development and resource management; study of social organisation and symbolic systems; linguistic anthropology; comparative Austronesian ethnology. Publications on Timor-Leste include -
- 2003, (ed. with Dionisio Babo Soares) Out of the Ashes: Destruction and Reconstruction of East Timor, Crawford House, Australia, and C.Hurst & Co., UK, 2000. New Edition: (ANU E-Press)
- 2003 (ed with H. da Costa, C. Piggin and C. J. da Cruz) Agriculture: New Directions for a New Nation, East Timor (Timor Leste). Canberra: ACIAR