Visiting Scholars

Aime Saba

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Aime is a back at CPACS as Visiting Research Fellow, working on post-conflict reconstruction challenges in post-war societies. He has previously worked as a research assistant at CPACS (under Wendy Lambourne) on a research project exploring transitional justice and reconciliation processes in the aftermath of mass war atrocities. He is currently completing his PhD studies in the School of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Queensland.
His work focuses on interactions between external actors and local actors in peacebuilding and statebuilding processes in Somalia and Burundi. At UQ, he was a teaching assistant and tutor in courses on international peacekeeping, peacebuilding, International Politics and Human Rights, Mediation and Principles of Deep Seated Conflict Resolution).

He is a graduate of the University of Bradford, UK (MA in Peace and Conflict Studies) and of the Australian National University (BA, Honours, in Political Science and International Relations).

Aime also worked for the Australian Government’s overseas aid program (AusAID) on various country desks including Sri Lanka, Solomon Islands, Philippines, Pakistan, and North Korea. He also worked as a research assistant on Pakistan's internal security threats at Bradford University's Pakistan Security Research Unit (under Prof Shaun Gregory); and as a volunteer-mediator for ACCORD-Bradford (UK) and at the South African Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in Johannesburg; and has interned at the UN Secretariat in New York (Iraq Desk). Aime is a professional member of the Australasian Evaluation Society and an executive member of the African Studies Association of the Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP).

Gilberto Algar-Faria

Gilberto Algar-Faria

Gilberto Algar-Faria is a Visiting Scholar at the Centre of Peace and Conflict Studies as part of the Worldwide Universities Network’s Research Mobility Programme. His work focuses on civil society and the state in post-war settings. He received a BA(Hons.) in International Relations from the University of Leeds and an MSc in Defence, Development and Diplomacy from Durham University, and he is currently a Politics PhD Candidate at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol.

Gilberto is a Country of Origin Information Expert for both Sri Lanka and North Korea at the Fahamu Refugee Programme. He is also a Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Centre and the Managing Editor of the POLIS Journal. He recently completed a chapter entitled ‘Terrorism and Ethics’ for Terrorism and Political Violence (due for publication by SAGE in February 2015). Gilberto has a blog and is also on Twitter @AlgarFaria.

Ayşe Betül Çelik

Ayşe Betül Çelik

Ayşe Betül Çelik received her Ph.D. in political science from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2002. She is an Associate Professor at Conflict Analysis and Resolution M.A. Program at Sabanci University in Istanbul. Her work focuses on ethnicity, forced migration, reconciliation, civil society and gender in peacebuilding. Some of her works appeared in journals like Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of Refugee Studies, International Journal of Peace Studies and Journal of Organizational Behavior. Her book Confronting Forced Migration: Post-Displacement Restitution of Citizenship Rights in Turkey analyzes the socio-economic, legal and psychological problems the internally displaced Kurds in Turkey encountered during and after their displacement.

Dr. Çelik is a trainer of skills for problem-solving workshops and dialogue groups to civil society groups in Turkey. She is also the founding member of Sabancı University’s Gender Forum. She teaches gender-aware education to high school teachers in Turkey.

Winning Turkish Science Academy’s Post-Doctoral Research Scholarship, Dr. Çelik joined CPACS to undertake her research on gendered approach to peace process and reconciliation.

Patricia Garcia

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With over 20 years experience working in the world’s longest running conflicts including Afghanistan Sudan , Bosnia and Burma, Patricia has managed and coordinated humanitarian relief and recovery programmes to assist refugees and IDPs. Patricia worked in this capacity with international NGOs and UN agencies such as Oxfam, Peace Winds Japan, German Agro Action, Norwegian Church Aid, UNHCR and UNOPS.

During the early 1990s she was instrumental in drawing international attention to the issue of Female Genital Mutilation by presenting a paper entitled “ FGM a Human Rights Issue” at an international conference in Nigeria on behalf of the Inter-African Committee to eliminate harmful traditional practices.
From 1994 to 1997 she travelled to Bosnia and Croatia on behalf of Austcare to provide humanitarian assistance to Bosnian women survivors of rape and collected their personal testimonies as evidence used in the trial of three Serbs in 2001 at the ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia) in The Hague, the first landmark case of rape in war as a crime against humanity.

In 2001 she was a Human Rights Research Fellow with CPACS, where she designed the Human Rights Course for the Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies program.

In 2011 Patricia received an Australian Federal Government award for services to the humanitarian aid sector. Currently, she is a Visiting Scholar with CPACS working on peacebuilding and humanitarian practice issues.

Jim Elmslie

Jim Elmslie

Jim Elmslie has a Master of International Studies degree and a Doctorate in Philosophy (Economics) from the University of Sydney. He has specialized in the political economy of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia since 1996. His Ph.D. thesis, entitled “Irian Jaya Under the Gun: Indonesian economic development versus West Papuan Nationalism” was published by the University of Hawaii Press in 2002.

In 2000, Dr. Elmslie co-founded the West Papua Project at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, the University of Sydney. Since then he has worked as co-convener of the WPP as well as Executive Officer of its Papua Desk. He lectures on regional politics for the CPACS Masters program and continues to research and write on the political economy of Australia, PNG and Indonesia with a particular research interest in the West Papuan independence movement. He was previously a Research Fellow at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and was appointed Visiting Scholar in November, 2011.

John Hallam

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John worked on nuclear fuel cycle/nuclear power issues with Friends of the Earth, 1977-1999; in Melbourne 1977-84; Sydney 1984-2007, and now works with People for Nuclear Disarmament, from 2007 to present.
Previously, John has worked on nuclear reactor safety problems in Poland and Slovakia, doing critiques of reactor safety at the Mohchovce and the R4K2 upgrade projects.

From 1999 to present, John has worked on a global campaign to lower the operating status of nuclear weapons over the Y2K rollover. He has been involved in a total of three resolutions on aspects of nuclear disarmament (with an emphasis on operating status) between 1999 and 2006 in the European Parliament. The most notable was the UN General Assembly resolution on operational readiness of nuclear weapon systems, which has now gone through 4 times, most recently with 164 yes votes and 4 no votes.

He is a co-convener and founder of the Human Survival Project, from June 2012, with Professor Peter King.

Andrew Greig

Andrew Greig

Andrew Greig has had a long term interest in peace issues. This was much heightened by his experience in 1994 working in a CARE Australia medical team in Zaire during the Rwandan refugee crisis.

Andrew has a first degree in Natural and Moral Sciences from Cambridge University and an MA in Education from Sydney University. He has worked in broadcasting and also in educational video production, media education and educational technology at Leeds University, the University of Technology Sydney and Sydney University. More recently his career outside the peace arena has spanned public relations, science communication and health education.

One of his major interests is the role of technology in reducing the impact of war and promoting peace. Andrew’s book Taming War – Culture and Technology for Peace (Peace Power Press) was published in 2007. He is now working at increasing knowledge and awareness of the potential of peace technology. He recently launched a movement to promote these ideas, the Taming War Campaign (see

Andrew was recently on Sunday Nights with John Cleary on ABC Radio. Click here for more details and to listen to the recording.

Belinda Helmke

Belinda Helmke

Dr. Belinda Helmke is an Australian-German academic whose research focuses primarily on international law and international relations, particularly the use of force by states and armed conflict. Belinda currently works as a political risk analyst in the corporate sector in Germany. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney, and a member of the Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies' Editorial Board.

Belinda's first book Under Attack: Challenges to the Rules Governing the International Use of Force was published by Ashgate in July 2010.

Richard Hil

Richard Hil

Dr Richard Hil is Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University, Tweed Heads. Previously, Richard has taught at the University of York, James Cook University, Sunshine Coast University College, and Queensland University of Technology. His main areas of interest are in youth justice, child and family welfare, criminology, and peace and conflict studies.

He has recently completed books on criminology, and institutional violations of young people's rights. In addition to having published extensively in scholarly journals, Richard has also edited a number of books and co-authored Families, Crime and Juvenile Justice (with A. McMahon)and Discovering Risk and Understanding Criminology (both with J. Bessant and R.Watts).

Richard is Director of the Bellingen Institute and Associate Director of the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Social Justice at Southern Cross University.

Kevin Chang

Kevin Chang

Kevin Chang has over a decade of experience in peacebuilding, conflict prevention and human rights, having spent the majority of that time based in transitional political and conflict-affected settings. From 2006 to 2012 he worked for various parts of the United Nations system. He was Chief Technical Advisor for security sector reform at the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT). In 2009-2011 he was Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Specialist with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal, responsible for the design and early implementation of its Conflict Prevention Programme. Prior to Nepal, Kevin was based at UNDP's Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery in Geneva as its global knowledge management facilitator. He started his UN career as UNHCR’s Public Information Officer in the earthquake zones of Kashmir, Pakistan. Prior to the UN Kevin worked in a number of government policy and advisory roles, including work on reconciliation and indigenous affairs with the Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination in the Australian Government, and for Fijian Government on national reconciliation after the coup d’état of 2000.

Kevin holds postgraduate degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies (MA with Merit) and International Law (Graduate Diploma) from the University of Sydney. He is currently completing his Juris Doctor and lawyer admission requirements, while teaching at CPACS. Kevin is a registered Australian Government deployable expert on post-conflict stabilisation and rule of law, and is an experienced practitioner and trainer on conflict analysis and integrating conflict sensitivity in aid interventions.