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AZca, Muhammad Najib

Universitas Gadjah Mada

Muhammad Najib Azca is the head of Center for Security and Peace Studies (CSPS)  and a senior lecturer at the Sociology Department of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). He is currently taking part in two research projects in collaboration with the University of Melbourne (Frontiers, State and Conflict in the Asia Pacific) and with Universiteit van Amsterdam (Securing the Local: the Role of Non-State Security Groups in the Struggle against Extremism in Kenya, Nigeria, and Indonesia). Completed BA from UGM, MA from Australian National University (ANU, 2003) with High Distinction, and PhD from Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA, 2011) with thesis titled “After Jihad: A Biographical Approach to Passionate Politics in Indonesia.” He published several articles on topic such as security, violence, peace and Islamic radicalism in Asian Journal of Social Science, Asia Pacific Migration Journal, ISEAS/Monash Asia Institute, CSIS Washington, Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, and Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation.

Farrelly, Nicholas​

The Australian National University

Nicholas Farrelly is Associate Dean in the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific. After graduating from the ANU with First Class Honours and the University Medal in Asian Studies, he completed his MPhil and DPhil at Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. After returning to Canberra from Oxford, in 2009 he was appointed Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security. Since 2011, Dr Farrelly has held a number of key teaching, research and managerial positions in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. His academic specialty is the study of local politics and societies in mainland Southeast Asia, a region where he maintains an active and wide-ranging research agenda. He has published extensively on violence and conflict, including in 2016’s co-edited Conflict in Myanmar: War, Politics and Religion (ISEAS, 2016).  

McCarthy, Gerard​

The Australian National University

Gerard McCarthy is a doctoral fellow in the Department of Political & Social Change at The Australian National University and Associate Director of ANUs Myanmar Research Centre. Based on extensive fieldwork in provincial Myanmar, his dissertation explores how informal political institutions generated during military rule now shape contemporary distributive politics and peace-building processes. He has advised and consulted for a range of agencies including International Growth Centre Myanmar, United States Institute of Peace and The Carter Centre and is the co-editor of ‘Myanmar Transformed? People, Places, Politics’ (2018, ISEAS). His research and analysis has been published in Journal of Contemporary Asia, Yusof Ishak Institute of South East Asian Studies, The New York Times, ABC News, Frontier Myanmar, The Guardian and New Mandala. 

Smith, Claire Q.

University of York

Dr Claire Q. Smith is a Lecturer in Politics at the University of York. She recently completed a two-year research project funded by the World Peace Foundation, on the comparative politics of mass atrocity endings in modern Indonesia and Timor-Leste. She conducts research and teaches in the areas of Southeast Asian politics, conflict, peace building, political transition and state building. She has published widely on war-to-peace transitions, civil war, ethno-religious conflict and the politics of intervention. Claire holds a PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Before joining York in 2011, she was a Teaching Fellow at the LSE and at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Prior to that she worked for five years in Southeast Asia as a researcher with the World Bank, UNDP and UNICEF. Claire also holds an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University, and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford University.


Vanugopal, Rajesh

London School of Economics

Rajesh Venugopal is Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics (LSE)’s Department of International Development.  He previously studied, worked and taught at the Universities of Oxford and York.  His primary research interests are in the political sociology of development and violent conflict, particularly with reference to South Asia. He has researched and written on nationalism and ethnic conflict, liberal peacebuilding, development aid, natural disasters, and mass panics. Recent projects and papers have been on the 2014 Kashmir floods, the ‘grease devil’ crisis in Sri Lanka, the concept of neoliberalism, presidentialism in Sri Lanka, the Indo-Naga ceasefire, and the social construction of failure in development. His monograph ‘Nationalism, Development and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka’ will be published by Cambridge University Press in late-2018.

Waldorf, Lars

Dundee Law School

Lars Waldorf is a Reader at Dundee Law School. He reported on genocide trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (2001) and ran Human Rights Watch’s field office in Rwanda (2002-4). He has authored numerous publications on transitional justice and peacebuilding, including three co-edited books: 

  • Remaking Rwanda: State Building and Human Rights after Mass Violence (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011); 
  • Localizing Transitional Justice: Interventions and Priorities after Mass Violence (Stanford University Press, 2010)
  • Disarming the Past: Transitional Justice and Ex-Combatants (SSRC, 2009). In 2017, he spent six months in Sri Lanka researching empowerment for people with conflict-related disabilities: https://performingempowerment.wordpress.com/


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