ESRC (University of Oxford Impact Acceleration Account), Widening Participation in the Cameroon Peacebuilding Process, 2002-KEA-509, £24,635, 2020–21, Co-Investigator
ESRC (SWDTP Postdoctoral Fellowship), Local International: State-society relations and international-local interactions in post-war states, ES/S011439/1,£101,017, 2019, Principal Investigator.
PolicyBristol (Support Scheme), Peace and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Reflections 10 years after the end of the war, £1,096, 2019, Principal Investigator.
WUN (Research Development Fund), Resilient Peace: Exploring resilient peacebuilding actors, cultures and policy transfer in West Africa, £33,663, 2018, Co-Investigator.
ESRC (University of Bristol Impact Acceleration Account), Communicating inclusive EU civilian capabilities for conflict prevention and peacebuilding, £5,000, 2018, Co-Investigator.
ESRC (University of Bristol Impact Acceleration Account), PeaceCapacity: Building capacities in civil society for inclusive peace processes in the Horn of Africa and the Western Balkans, £20,000, 2017–18, Co-Investigator.
My research, which is fieldwork-led, considers the interplay between civil society, the state and external actors in post-war states including Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. I am currently a Sessional Instructor at the Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia. Prior to this, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, and before that, I was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol. Previously I was the Project Officer and Senior Research Associate for the Horizon 2020 research project “Preventing and Responding to Conflict: Developing Civilian Capabilities for a Sustainable Peace” (EU-CIVCAP), and was Co-I of related projects (see below).
SPAI10001 Introduction to International Relations (Undergraduate, 2013–14, Semester 1).
At the University of Sydney I have previously taught as a guest lecturer:
PACS6917 Religion, War and Peace (Postgraduate Taught, 2014, Semester 2).
PACS6927 Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding (Postgraduate Taught, 2014, Semester 2).
At the University of Leeds I have previously facilitated as a student-led discussion leader:
PIED1511 International Politics (Undergraduate, 2010-11, Semesters 1 & 2).
Conference and workshop papers
CEEISA-ISA Joint International Conference, Belgrade, Serbia, 2019, paper entitled: “Resilience, antifragility and exhaustion in post-war peacebuilding environments: an analysis of anxieties in state and civil society organisations in Sri Lanka”.
British International Studies Association Annual Conference, London, UK, 2019, paper entitled: “NGO resilience and international withdrawal in post-war Sri Lanka”.
European Union in International Affairs Annual Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 2018, paper entitled: “Local ownership and capacity building’”.
British International Studies Association Annual Conference, Bath, UK 2018, paper entitled: “Local ownership and capacity building”.
UACES Annual Conference, Bath, UK, 2018, paper entitled: “Local ownership and capacity building”.
British International Studies Association Annual Conference, London, UK, 19 June 2015, paper entitled: “NGOs, global inequalities and the theoretical-empirical disconnect”.
BISA@40 Protest, Social Movements and Democracy Workshop, London, UK, 16 June 2015, paper entitled: “Everyday resistance and spaces for civil society in Sri Lanka 2011-14”.
International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, USA, 21 February 2015, paper entitled: “Reconceptualising state-civil society links in an age of liberal exhaustion”.
Researching Conflict: Methods and Ethics Workshop, Bristol, UK, 20 January 2015, paper entitled: “Learning by doing in Sri Lanka”.
British International Studies Association Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 19 June 2014, paper entitled: “Representing nobody: Liberal exhaustion, NGOs and the UN in post-war Sri Lanka”.
International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada, 26 March 2014, paper entitled: “”Then and There” versus “Here and Now”: The Collapse of Time, Space, Agency and Sovereignty in Post-Interventionary Societies”.
International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, USA, 4 April 2013, paper entitled: “From centralised leadership to the diffusion of power: the case of Sri Lanka post-2009”.
Global Insecurities Conference, Leeds, UK, 6 September 2011, paper entitled: “Teetering on the brink: The events of 2010-11 and what they mean for relations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”.
University of Leeds Faculty of Social Sciences Graduate School Conference, Leeds, UK, 2019, gave keynote speech: “Small steps or a giant leap: Social science research development during and after the PhD”.
University of Bristol Research Professionals’ Network, 2017, Bristol, UK, gave talk: “Becoming a Research Professional”.
IECEU/WOSCAP Final Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 2017, gave pitch at Brokerage and Pitching Event: “EU-CIVCAP: A one-stop shop for EU peacebuilding”.
Belgrade Security Forum, Belgrade, Serbia, 2017, gave talk: “Surviving your PhD”.
BBC Radio Bristol, UK, 2016 & 2017, gave interviews: “Expert on North Korea”.
National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 21 July 2015, seminar entitled: “The UNHRC and Sri Lanka: Determining the Health of the Global Human Rights Regime”.
School of Social Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 15 July 2015, seminar entitled: “Exhaustion and Resilience in Sri Lankan Civil Society”, accompanying blog article available on Pacific Outlier.
TEDxUniversityofKent, University of Kent, UK, 30 May 2015, TEDx Talk entitled: “Human Rights: How urgent are they?”.
The Big Questions, BBC, UK, 2014, contributed to debate: “Should Britain be proud of its role in Afghanistan?”.
Leeds University Union, University of Leeds, UK, 14 October 2014, lecture entitled: “How I became a conflict researcher: The challenges of working in post-war environments”.