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

  • Close, Sophia, 'Indigenous perspectives on development and conflict: a case study of Timor-Leste', presented at the 2014 AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference 'Breaking Barriers in Indigenous Research and Thinking: 50 years on', poster session on 27 March 2014. National Convention Centre, Canberra, ACT, 26–28 March 2014. CONFERENCE PAPER.
  • Close, Sophia, 'Perceptions of development in Timorese communities', in: H. Loney, A. B. da Silva, N. Canas Mendes, A. da Costa Ximenes and C. Fernandes (eds.), Understanding Timor-Leste 2013, National University of Timor-Lorosa’e (UNTL), Díli, Timor-Leste, 2014, pp:115-120. BOOK CHAPTER.
  • Close, Sophia, 'How can development transform conflict in Indigenous communities?', presented at the fourth Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) University Network conference – 'Development Futures: Alternative Pathways to End Poverty' on 22 November 2013. Aerial Function Centre, University of Technology, Sydney, 21-22 November 2013. CONFERENCE PAPER.
  • Close, Sophia, 'Can development transform conflict in Indigenous communities?', presented at the NCIS HDR Research Retreat on 18 September 2013. Canberra, ACT, 17-19 September 2013. CONFERENCE PAPER.
  • Close, Sophia, 'Can development transform conflict in Timorese communities?', presented at the 4th Timor-Leste Studies Association (TLSA) Research Conference 'Understanding Timor-Leste 2013' on 15 July 2013. Liceu Campus, National University of Timor-Lorosae (UNTL), Dili, Timor-Leste, 15–16 July 2013. CONFERENCE PAPER.
  • Close, Sophia, 'Development and conflict in indigenous communities', presented at the State of the Pacific Conference 2013 on 26 June 2013. The Australian National University, 25-26 June 2013. CONFERENCE PAPER.

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