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PhD Graduate Profile: Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

By Raelene Loong

26 August, 2013

The Centre for International Security Studies puts the spotlight on Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom, who recently completed his Doctorate in Philosophy under the centre.

Tim Siegenbeek van HeukelomTim completed a doctorate in 2013 at the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney. His research framed the theoretical concept of ‘food as security’ and explored the praxis of food and conflict in relation to foreign agricultural investments (ie. ‘land grabs’). Over the course of 2011 he conducted six months of fieldwork in Kenya, where he researched a qualitative case study on the human security impact of foreign agricultural investment. During this period Tim was affiliated with the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies at the University of Nairobi.

After completing a Master’s degree in public international law as well as in peace and conflict studies, an emerging interest in human security and resource scarcity brought to me to CISS. It was foremostly the Centre’s strong track-record on non-traditional security issues that attracted my interest, but the professors’ proactive engagement with real-time developments in the international security realm really spearheaded my pursuit to complete a PhD at CISS." (Read the rest of Tim's reflection on his studies at CISS here)

During his doctoral studies Tim held a part-time position as Program Coordinator for Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Sydney. With Pacific Friends he contributed to creating high-level strategies for the Global Fund to enhance the multi-lateral financing mechanism’s leverage with the Australian Government to mobilise more resources.

In 2012 Tim joined the Oil Search Health Foundation – a principal recipient of Global Fund grants in Papua New Guinea – as Program Analyst and Information Coordinator. Based in Sydney, he develops reporting procedures and supports developing the strategic direction for the Foundation.

Tim also holds a Master’s degree in Public International Law from Utrecht University and a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney.

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