Visiting Scholars

Paul Duffill

Paul Duffill

Paul is a Honorary Research Fellow, and former Visiting Scholar, at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies. He is currently based in Japan.

His full professional, academic and publications profile is available at: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/peace_conflict/people/paul_duffill.shtml. Paul's research and teaching focuses on intercultural communication, dialogue and peacebuilding, university social justice pedagogy, peacebuilding evaluation and dissemination, the role of human rights in supporting successful dialogue and conflict resolution, and how a conflict resolution approach can be applied in human rights advocacy. He also carries out dissemination on these areas through media publications and his media pieces have been published and posted by organisations such as the ABC, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times, the St James Ethics Centre, the Sydney Peace Foundation, the University of Sydney, The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, the Conversation, and alternative media outlets. A full list of his media pieces is here.

Paul has worked as a trainer for trainers in ESL teaching (TESOL), intercultural communication, dialogue, and conflict resolution in Japan, Palestine, and Australia. He is also Project Manager for the human rights simulation curriculum development project Filling the Social Justice Gap lead by the University of Sydney’s Human Rights program and carried out in partnership with several other universities across Australia, which is due to conclude in August 2016. He coordinates the Global Social Justice Network based at the University of Sydney. When Paul was based in Australia he served as a member of the Executive Committee and the Council of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and was engaged in the strategic planning for the Centre's university curriculum and praxis on a regular basis. Paul's full academic, teaching and publications profile is available here.

Dr Annie Herro

Dr Annie Herro


Dr Annie Herro is a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies. Her research has focused on issues relating to the United Nations, peacekeeping, the responsibility to protect and the protection of civilians in conflict. She has published several journal articles and book chapters on these subjects. Her first book is called UN Emergency Peace Service and the Responsibility to Protect (Abingdon: Routledge, 2015) which explores perspectives on a civil society-led proposal to establish a permanent UN peacekeeping service and considers ways this idea could be implemented.

Kevin Chang

Kevin Chang

Kevin Chang is a lawyer who specialises in international law, human rights, conflict mediation, peace processes and the United Nations. For a large part of his 15-year career Kevin has served with the United Nations under peacekeeping, development and humanitarian mandates, supporting political transitions from conflict to peace. He is currently Senior Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), having previously served the UN in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), Nepal (UNDP), Pakistan (UNHCR) and at UNDP Headquarters in Geneva. He has also served the Australian Government in various legal and policy roles, including work with the Attorney-General’s Department, the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination and an advisory posting in the Government of Fiji.

Kevin holds doctoral and master’s degrees in law (JD, LLM, GradDipIntLaw, GradDipLegPrac) and peace and conflict studies (MA) from the University of Sydney and the Australian National University. He is a Lawyer of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.

Aime Saba

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Aime is a back at DPACS as Visiting Research Fellow, working on post-conflict reconstruction challenges in post-war societies. He has previously worked as a research assistant at DPACS (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).

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 DPACS 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 DPACS, 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 DPACS 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 V 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 DPACS 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 Department of Peace and Conflict Studies and was appointed Visiting Scholar in November, 2011.