In 2012, Rebecca completed her PhD, titled ‘East Timor’s Pursuit of Democratic Independence’. This thesis covered topics such as democratisation, self-determination and national identity, and examined both the international and domestic contexts in East Timor’s transition to democratic statehood. Rebecca’s research also examines the nature of sovereignty, justice and political and cultural identities. She is interested in how these political features impact on states, order and the international political environment.
Current research project
Rebecca is currently working on several journal articles examining the construction of East Timorese national identity, and is preparing to publish an article on the evolution of East Timor’s national security program since 2002.