The ADI lunchtime seminars are an opportunity for a relaxed, informal, monthly discussion of current research projects and recent publications over a 60-minute lunch session. The researcher/s speaks for 20-30 minutes followed by 20-30 minutes of Q&A discussion.
We invite contributions from any researcher, or team of researchers, associated with ADI, from proposed and in-progress projects through to completed research and publications. ECRs are especially welcome.
Sudan plunged into a civil war on 15 April 2023, resulting in the loss of many lives, displacement of thousands of people and destruction of the country’s infrastructure. The war is a culmination of many factors, notably power struggle between Sudan’s two military leaders: General Abdel Fattah el-Buran of the Sudan Armed Forces and General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo of the Rapid Support Forces – a de facto type of military unit. Multiple ceasefires have been signed but none has held. The war represents acute humanitarian crisis. In a public briefing organised by Deakin University, South Sudanese academics and doctoral students will be on a panel to discuss the war in Sudan and its implications, especially for neighbouring countries like South Sudan. This will be followed by a Q&A session.
Mrs. Akuc Deng (PhD Candidate): Currently an educator and a researcher at MCRI in Intergenerational health with a focus on stillbirth prevention. She is also a PhD Candidate conducting research in higher education, with a focus on gender, migrant and refugee women access, participation, and success in higher education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree of Education (Midd/Sec), a Bachelor of Arts (Australian Studies) and a Master of Education.
Dr. Marial Mach Aduot: Currently an academic researcher with expertise in Security Sector Reform (SSR) in fragile states. His research focused on post-war politics, states’ challenges in managing small arms and reintegrating ex-combatants. He is also an independent consultant on informal armies, peace and state–building. Marial works as a program manager at Multicultural Youth Support Services, focusing on after-school programs, domestic violence and youth justice. Marial also holds a bachelor’s in politics, a master’s degree in international relations and a master’s in politics and policy from Deakin University.
Dr. William Abur: Currently is a lecturer in social work and researcher at the University of Melbourne. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work, a master’s degree in international and Community Development, a PhD in refugee resettlement from Victoria University, and a Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (Learning and Teaching) from Deakin University.
Dr. Mark Deng: Presently a McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne. He researches in South Sudanese public law, the relationship between peacebuilding and constitution-making in emerging states, and South Sudanese customary law and practices.
Mr. David Leek (PhD Candidate): Currently a Casual Academic at Deakin University, Faculty of Arts and Education. He is also a PhD Candidate in Political Science focusing on the forced displacement and transnationalism of diaspora South Sudanese in Australia. David holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Security and Int’l Relations) from Swinburne University, a master’s degree in politics and policy, a GradDip in Professional Political Practice, a GradDip in Int’l Relations, and GradCert in Int’l and Community Development from Deakin University, Australia.
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