MASTER OF ARTS IN PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES (2015)
“The courses offered in the this degree provide both practical experience and theoretical knowledge. The lecturers and academics have extensive real world experience, which I found helpful when thinking about my career in this field.”
Melissa’s first role after graduating will be a professional level position with the United Nations Secretariat in New York as an Associate Social Affairs Officer in the Social Policy and Development Division of the Department of Social and Economic Affairs, where she will be working in the Civil Society and Outreach Unit, strengthening international cooperation for social development. Her MPACS dissertation was entitled ‘Sexes of the Battle: Reconstructing gender, reconstructing a nation. Sri Lanka’s post-war rehabilitation programme’.
While studying the MPACS degree part-time, Melissa was a Project Officer at Cambodia’s Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies monitoring Myanmar’s peace process through field research in several states. She also worked as an academic Research Assistant at Charles Sturt University in the field of empirical legal studies focusing on evidence-based decisions to promote social, procedural and distributive justice in the community. While in this role she co-authored several journal articles on human rights and dispute resolution mechanisms of the NSW Police Force.
In addition to her MA, Melissa hold degrees in law and international studies (development studies major) from the University of New South Wales. Prior to completing her Master’s degree, Melissa worked at Organisation Haburas Moris in Timor-Leste, as the National Coordinator for Anti-Poverty Week in Australia, and an Associate at Global Policy Forum in New York.
MASTER OF ARTS IN PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES (2003)
“My master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies kick-started an international career in peacebuilding, development and human rights with the United Nations. A decade later, I am pleased to return to DPACS as a Visiting Scholar, sharing my experience with the next generation of peacebuilders.”
Kevin’s first role after completing his MA in 2003 was to support the Fijian Government’s national reconciliation efforts after the coup d’état of 2000. From 2006 to 2012 Kevin worked for various parts of the United Nations, supporting peaceful transition in post-conflict states: as Chief Technical Advisor for security sector reform with the UN peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT); as Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Specialist with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal; and as UNDP’s global knowledge management facilitator in crisis prevention and recovery based in Geneva. He started his UN career with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Pakistan. Kevin has also worked for the Australian Government in policy, advisory and statutory roles, including work with the Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination and the Australian Human Rights Commission. Kevin is currently Senior Legal Officer in human rights policy at the Attorney-General’s Department based in Canberra.
In addition to his MA, Kevin holds degrees in law, legal practice and science (JD, GradDipIntLaw Sydney; GradDipLegPrac ANU; BSc Monash). He is an experienced practitioner and trainer on the application of conflict-sensitive approaches in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding interventions, and coordinates the DPACS unit Conflict-Sensitive Development Practice, a unit designed to develop essential skills for students wishing to engage in field-based work. Kevin is a Visiting Scholar at DPACS and a registered Australian Government deployable expert on post-conflict stabilisation and the rule of law.
MASTER OF ARTS IN PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES (2009) & MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY IN PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES (2014)
“The interdisciplinary nature and practical orientation of Peace and Conflict Studies is what makes it such a vibrant, interesting and important area for research and learning.”
Juliet has completed both a coursework Masters degree and a research Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Department. Prior to commencing her postgraduate studies, Juliet had broad experiences in the worlds of business, fashion, photography and Pilates. Whilst she was a student, Juliet worked as a teaching, research and administrative assistant in the Department, and since 2012 she has been the Executive Officer of the Sydney Peace Foundation. Juliet’s current research is sited at an intersection between philosophy, ecology and peace. Her hope is to use this research to contribute to a shift in consciousness, evolving personal decision-making in the direction of social and ecological justice. Juliet has presented her research at international conferences, published papers in academic journals and edited books, and has taught at Lenoir Rhyne University, North Carolina as well as at the University of Sydney. Among her other achievements, Juliet co-coordinated a student-mentoring program between the Department and Chuo University in Japan in 2013, and in 2014 she became a co-convener of the Peace and Ecology Commission of the International Peace Research Association.
MASTER OF PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES (2014)
“The study of Peace and Conflict Studies helped define me as a person as it assisted me in articulating how I can positively contribute to the world around me. My studies have enabled me to perceive and understand the world through a different lens; a lens which identifies both justice and injustice and how such challenges may be overcome.”
Before Lisa commenced her postgraduate studies she worked as an English Teacher in Cambodia and Spain. Lisa was highly active in the DPACS community during her time as a student, serving as Student Representative on the DPACS Council and volunteering with the University’s student-run Global Social Justice Network. Following her graduation, Lisa started working in international development as an International Programs Intern with UNICEF Australia. Since completion of her internship, Lisa has worked for UNICEF as an International Programs Officer, supporting the management of international development programs in the Asia-Pacific region, South Asia and Africa. Lisa is also co-founder and Communications Manager of an online initiative called DevQuest. This website is targeted at graduates and/or people looking to move into peacebuilding, development and human rights careers from another profession.
MASTER OF PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES (2014)
"The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies provides a cosmopolitan environment for excellent learning, sharing and networking with colleagues from across the world. The emphasis on peace with justice is what drew me to the course.”
Godwin is currently a Project Officer at Cambodia's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, where he works on developing and delivering capacity building training workshops on conflict transformation and peacebuilding for civil servants in Myanmar. Godwin is also working on expanding the program areas of G-lish Foundation, a social enterprise based in Ghana, West Africa, which he co-founded. G-lish Foundation works with rural women and youth to generate income from recycled fiber art and baskets, as well as endeavouring to address gender-based violence in Ghana. In the future, Godwin aspires to use the knowledge acquired from his Master of Peace and Conflict Studies degree to further the work of G-lish Foundation, and to work as an independent consultant to help address the many conflict and peacebuilding challenges currently facing the African continent.
MASTER OF PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES (2014)
“I am positive that what I learned about the practice of conflict-resolving media, and about the causes of conflict and the healing of trauma, can be applied in the field to result in more responsible journalism.”
Prior to commencing her Master of Peace and Conflict Studies, Primy worked as a news anchor and reporter for ABS-CBN, the leading news broadcaster in The Philippines. Primy became a journalist because she wished to make a difference in her community, her country and the wider world, but after working in the field believed that the potential of journalism to contribute to the resolution of conflict was not being fully realised. ‘I studied this degree in the hopes that I would return to my country a more well rounded journalist’, Primy said. ‘I do not want to be just another storyteller, I want my storytelling to bring about understanding to contribute to the peace process in The Philippines, and most of all, to bring hope. After completing my degree, I am confident that I now possess the knowledge to help me achieve this goal.’
MUJIBUR RAHMAN ABID
MASTER OF PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES (2015)
"Notions of peace and conflict are extremely important in Afghanistan, a country plagued by civil war and violence since at least 1975. I am hoping that I will become an expert practitioner and help my country in its quest to achieve peace and justice."
Mujibur was sponsored by the Sydney Peace Foundation to undertake his Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies. He is currently working as a sessional academic/tutor for the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. He has previously worked as a researcher for various Afghan research institutes. With a passion for social justice and peace with justice, Mujibur is hoping to work with Afghans in promoting peace, transitional justice and nonviolence in Afghanistan. He is also planning to undertake further research work, potentially a PhD program, which builds upon his Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies dissertation ‘The Afghan Jihad: Identity, Power and Legitimacy’.