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 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 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 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 www.tamingwar.com).
Andrew was recently on Sunday Nights with John Cleary on ABC Radio. Click here for more details and to listen to the recording.
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 is due for publication by Ashgate in July 2010. Read more about the book here.
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.
Dr Sandra Phelps
BA, MA (University of Waikato), PhD (University of Sydney)
Dr Sandra Phelps is currently a visiting scholar at CPACS teaching Human Rights, Peace and Justice and writing a book on Kurdish women’s participation in religion and nationalism. Sandra completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2005. Since then, she has lived in Northern Iraq whilst researching gender, religion and ethnicity; as well as teaching sociological, postcolonial and feminist theories. Sandra is actively involved in Tolerancy International an Iraqi based INGO that holds inter-ethnic and inter-religious conferences and workshops to create opportunities for dialogue on issues such as reformation and secularism, transparency and the rule of law, reconciliation and human rights– particularly minority rights, women’s rights and freedom of the press. Her research interests lie in the intersecting areas of race, gender, religion and identity configuration as these pertain to concerns of human rights, violence and justice.
Ms Lucy Fiske
Professor Dexter Da Silva has been living and teaching in Japan for the past 15 years. He is currently a Professor at Keisen University in Tokyo, where he teaches courses in English as a Foreign Language, Second Language Acquisition, EFL Teaching Methodology, Psycholinguistics, and Educational Psychology. He is also an adjunct instructor for the Columbia University Teachers’ College MA TESOL Program in Tokyo, where he teaches Reading Methodology and Practicum courses. He visits schools throughout Japan regularly for observations of teachers and student teachers. He has presented at conferences in Japan, South Korea, Australia, and Italy, on student motivation and teaching methodology, and has written articles on student motivation, autonomy, Japanese university English language programs, and content-based language teaching. Whilst at CPACS, Professor Da Silva’s particular research project focussed on peace education and in particular developing ideas around a ‘pedagogy for trust’ for teaching and learning environments.