Ms Sophia Close
B Arts (Political Science / Peace and Conflict Studies) (1A Honours International Relations) (University of Queensland)
B Economics (University of Queensland)
Topic or working title
‘Indigenous knowledge systems, development and conflict – A case study of Timor-Leste’
Abstract or summary
Sophia's main research interest is how Indigenous peoples practically achieve self-determination and conflict transformation. Her PhD focuses on how Indigenous knowledge systems and practice provide alternatives to current development and peace-building practices in communities in Timor-Leste.
Panel members and positions
Professor Mick Dodson, Director of NCIS and Professor at the ANU College of Law.
Dr Janet Hunt, Research Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences.
Dr Rebecca Spence, Senior Lecturer, Peace Studies, University of New England.
Since 2003, Sophia has been working in the Australian and international development sector, with a focus on Indigenous governance, peace-building and conflict. She has worked for the Australian Government, the United Nations Development Program and various NGOs in the Asia Pacific region and Eastern Europe. In 2013, Sophia competed a two-year posting in Papua New Guinea managing Australia's democratic governance programs; she is now working full-time on her PhD.
- kvgqvsvj, kvgqvsvj, 'Indigenous perspectives on development and conflict: a case study of Timor-Leste', presented at the 1 on 27 March 2014. 1. 1.
- kvgqvsvj, kvgqvsvj, 'Perceptions of development in Timorese communities', in: , 1, 1, 2014, pp:. 1.
- kvgqvsvj, kvgqvsvj, 'How can development transform conflict in Indigenous communities?', presented at the 1 on 22 November 2013. 1. 1.
- kvgqvsvj, kvgqvsvj, 'Can development transform conflict in Indigenous communities?', presented at the 1 on 18 September 2013. 1. 1.
- kvgqvsvj, kvgqvsvj, 'Can development transform conflict in Timorese communities?', presented at the 1 on 15 July 2013. 1. 1.
- kvgqvsvj, kvgqvsvj, 'Development and conflict in indigenous communities', presented at the 1 on 26 June 2013. 1. 1.