Dr Sara Niner

Monash UniversityDr. Sara Niner is an interdisciplinary researcher and lecturer in Anthropology with the School of Social Sciences at Monash University.She teaches  ATS2625 Mobile Worlds: Displacement, borders and belonging (Semester 1), which explores socially and culturally diverse forms of human mobility and migrant experience and ATS2378: The Anthropology of International Development (Semsester 2), which provides a broad critique of a2015 03 CB, KC Interviewing Maubaraid and development internationally from an anthropological perspective. She also co-teaches ATS1255 Encountering Cultures: Introduction to Anthropology  and guest lectures in ATS4375 Honors Research Seminar and APG5045 Gender and Development.  Sara also teaches as part of Monash University’s International Studies program, within the Faculty of Arts.

She is an expert in the field of gender and international development with a particular interest in those issues in the post-conflict environment of Timor-Leste and is widely published in this field.  In 2015 she undertook a gender analysis for the Oxfam Monash Partnership  of Oxfam partnered Savings and Loans Schemes in Timor. Futher work on the links between gender inequity, empowerment and the economy is also being developed.

Crocs motifShe recently convened a public seminar Crocodiles in the Timor Sea: development implications where her presentation reported on recent research which uncovered little know details about the culture of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs in their negotiations over the maritime resources in the Timor Sea.  Further work on the leadership of Xanana Gusmao was also published.

As part of an ongoing program of research into the politics of gender in Timor-Leste she is  undertaking new research into Masculinities in Timor-Leste building on a 2013 study into young men in Timor-Leste and their attitudes to gender roles, relationshipsLian Nain Rafael Guimaraes Antonio Fonseca Chefe de Suco Ginger and Sara Nine and violence which informed a gender-based violence prevention campaign. As a regional gender expert, Dr. Niner has often worked and reported on gender issues in S. E. Asia for local and international development agencies.

She is the editor of To Resist is to Win: the Autobiography of Xanana Gusmão with selected letters and speeches (Aurora Books, Melbourne, 2000) and author of Xanana: Leader of the Struggle for Independent Timor-Leste (Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 20OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA09) which was translated into Portuguese as Xanana: Líder da luta pela independência de Timor-Leste (Don Quixote Publishing: Lisbon 2011). She spent many years working with the East Timorese diaspora in Australia followed by many years working and researching in Timor-Leste.


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