Dr Thushara Dibley

PhD (Sydney), BLibStud (Hons) (Sydney)
Deputy Director, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +612 9114 0953

Website Sydney Southeast Asia Centre website
Thushara's sydney.academica.edu entry

Biographical details

Thushara Dibley is Deputy Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. Her research focuses on the system of international aid and development, its interface with grassroots and transnational activism and their influence on human rights based policy and practice in Southeast Asia. A book based on her recently completed project about peacebuilding partnerships between local and international NGOs in Aceh and Timor-Leste is scheduled to be published in late 2014 in the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies by Palgrave and MacMillan. She is currently working on a project that compares the way in which grassroots activists in six different communities across Indonesia work to influence local and national policies related to disability. In addition to her academic work, Thushara has undertaken a number of consultancies in Southeast Asia. She has served on the Board of Inside Indonesia since 2007 and was the postgraduate representative for the Asian Studies Association of Australia in 2009-10.

Research interests

  • Social activism
  • Online activism
  • International development
  • Diffusion of ideas through activists networks and the structures of the international aid system
  • The relationship between policy and practice

Working Languages

  • Indonesian
  • Tetum

Teaching and supervision

Thushara is available to supervise PhD and Masters by Research projects that relate to:

  • NGOs in Southeast Asia
  • Disability in Southeast Asia
  • Regional human rights frameworks in Southeast Asia
  • International organisations and how they shape policy and activism in Southeast Asia

Current projects

  • Disability activism in Indonesia
  • Internet activism in Southeast Asia

Associations

  • Asian Studies Association of Australia
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Indonesia Council

Awards and honours

  • Excellence in Teaching (Practice), The University of Sydney

Professional Contributions

  • Secretary of the Board, Inside Indonesia (http://www.insideindonesia.org/)
  • Co-convenor of the Indonesia Council Open Conference (2009)
  • Postgraduate Representative, Asian Studies Association of Australia (2009-10)

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Dibley, T. (2013). Activism and aid: Shaping the peace movement in Timor-Leste. In Michele Ford (Eds.), Social Activism in Southeast Asia, (pp. 138-153). London and New York: Routledge.

Journals

  • Ford, M., Dibley, T. (2012). Experiments in Cross-Scalar Labour Organizing: Reflections on Trade Union-Building Work in Aceh after the 2004 Tsunami. Antipode: a radical journal of geography, 44(2), 303-320. [More Information]
  • Ford, M., Dibley, T. (2011). Developing a Movement? Aid-Based Mediated Diffusion as a Strategy to Promote Labour Activism in post-Tsunami Aceh. Asian Journal of Social Science, 39(4), 469-488. [More Information]

Report

  • Ford, M., Dibley, T. (2012). Trade Union Training in Indonesia: Lessons from the Past, Directions for the Future. Sydney: APHEDA.

2013

  • Dibley, T. (2013). Activism and aid: Shaping the peace movement in Timor-Leste. In Michele Ford (Eds.), Social Activism in Southeast Asia, (pp. 138-153). London and New York: Routledge.

2012

  • Ford, M., Dibley, T. (2012). Experiments in Cross-Scalar Labour Organizing: Reflections on Trade Union-Building Work in Aceh after the 2004 Tsunami. Antipode: a radical journal of geography, 44(2), 303-320. [More Information]
  • Ford, M., Dibley, T. (2012). Trade Union Training in Indonesia: Lessons from the Past, Directions for the Future. Sydney: APHEDA.

2011

  • Ford, M., Dibley, T. (2011). Developing a Movement? Aid-Based Mediated Diffusion as a Strategy to Promote Labour Activism in post-Tsunami Aceh. Asian Journal of Social Science, 39(4), 469-488. [More Information]

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