Ms Sophia Close

PhD scholar

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

Panel Chair:
Professor Mick Dodson, Director of NCIS and Professor at the ANU College of Law.

Supervisor:
Dr Janet Hunt, Research Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences.

Advisor:
Dr Rebecca Spence, Senior Lecturer, Peace Studies, University of New England.

Biography

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.

Research outputs

  • 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.

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