Visiting Scholars

Dr Robert Austin

Dr Robert Austin

Grad Cert IV (RMIT), BA (Hons) & Grad Dip Ed (Sydney), M.Ed (UNE), PhD (La Trobe)

After a 15-year career as a high school and adult migrant educator in History and Languages, Robert gained a PhD in History & Latin American Studies (La Trobe 1998). His research areas are the post-colonial history of Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Political Economy of Latin American culture (both 1810-present); and the Pedagogy of Languages and Social Sciences, especially in relation to Latin American Studies in the Global North. He has over one hundred publications in the field.

Robert’s books include The State, Literacy and Popular Education in Chile, 1964-1990 (2003; see; (Ed.), Diálogos sobre Estado y Educación Popular en Chile: de Frei a Frei, 1964-1993 (2004); (Ed. & co-author), Intelectuales y Educación Superior en Chile: de la Independencia a la Democracia Transicional, 1810-2001 (2004, 2nd edition 2005; CopyLeft at; and (Ed. & co-author), Imperialismo Cultural en América Latina: Historiografia y Praxis (2007); CopyLeft at; the first in the 4-volume series Historia y Cultura en Nuestra América (U. de Matanzas, Cuba).

His forthcoming books include Vols. 2, 3 & 4 of the Historia y Cultura en Nuestra América series; Perverse Pedagogy: The School of the Americas & the Rise of Terrorist States, and Reconstruyendo la Escuela Nacional Unificada: Mito e Historia (1927-1973), a 2-volume study of Salvador Allende's unique cultural project, co-written with emeritus professor Lautaro Videla, one of its two key architects. He is also developing a history of Australian-based solidarity movements with Latin America since the 1970s, as a participant researcher.

From 1992 to 2006 Robert taught and researched in Humanities and Social Science faculties in Latin American and Australian universities, and has since been an honorary fellow in History at the universities of Melbourne and Queensland. He has been a professor at two Chilean universities; and visiting professor in Chile, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela. Since 1998 has been a participating editor of the journal Latin American Perspectives (USA); and has also been an editorial board member with Cronos and Tensões Mundiais (Brazil), and Encuentro XXI (Chile). Robert is a foundation member of the NTEU.

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: 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.

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.

Kevin Chang

Kevin Chang

Kevin Chang is a specialist in peacebuilding, conflict prevention and human rights, having spent the majority of his career supporting 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. Aside from 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, as conciliator at the Australian Human Rights Commission, and as a junior advisor for the Fijian Government on national reconciliation after the country’s coup d’état of 2000.

Kevin holds postgraduate degrees in law (JD, GradDipIntLaw, GradDipLegPrac) and peace and conflict studies (MA with Merit) from the University of Sydney and the Australian National University. He is an admitted legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, is registered as an 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. As Visiting Scholar Kevin is involved in teaching four units at DPACS, including the design and coordination of ‘PACS6934: Conflict-Sensitive Development Practice’, a uniquely adapted professional workshop previously not available at university level.