On-line Articles

  • 2017 Women’s empowerment and microfinance:  key challenges, lessons and a way forward Development Policy Blog  View Article
  • 2017 ‘Women and power in Timor’s elections’ New Mandala  View Article
  • 2016 ‘‘What a piece of work is a man!: Xanana Gusmao at 70’ New Mandala  View Article
  • 2016 ‘Xanana Gusmao: of Paintballs and Power’ The Inside Story View Article

  • 2012 ‘East Timor: New President, same problems for women’  The Conversation View article
  • 2012 Jen Hughes and Sara Niner, ‘Review: Surviving and resisting in Timor-Leste’ Inside Indonesia View article
  • 2011 ‘Gender Dimension in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste’, Asian Currents (March) View article
  • 2009 ‘Timor-Leste – A king’s granddaughter helps re-weave a nation’, Craft Unbound  View Article
  • 2008 ‘Reinado a product of Timorese trauma’, Eureka, Vol 18, No 4 View article
  • 2008 ‘Major Alfredo Alves Reinado: Cycles of Torture, Pain and Violence in East Timor’, Z-Net View article
  • 2004 ‘Guerrilla to President: Xanana Gusmão’, Eureka Street, Melbourne View article
  • 2003 ‘Strong Cloth: The Textiles of East Timor’, Craft Culture, Melbourne
  • 2002 ‘Maun Bo’t: Profile of a President’, Meanjin, Melbourne View Meanjin Article


2015 Cover Women & Gender in TLSara Niner (ed.) (2016) Women and the politics of gender in post-conflict Timor-Leste,  Women in Asia Series’, London: Routledge Publishing View Publisher’s Book page

Sara Niner (2011) Xanana: Líder da luta pela independência de Timor-Leste,  Don Quixote Publishing: Lisbon View Portuguese Publishing details 

Sara Niner (2009) Xanana: Leader of the Struggle for Independent Timor-Leste, Australian Scholarly Publishing: Melbourne  View Book or Read Launch Speech or Read Review

Sara Niner (ed.) (2000) To Resist is to Win: the Autobiography of Xanana Gusmão with selected letters and speeches, Aurora/David Lovell Publishing: Melbourne See Book

Book Chapters

Sara Niner (in press) ‘Conflict and peace-building in East Timor’, Steven Ratuva (Ed), Global Handbook on Ethnicity, Springer-Nature and Palgrave-Macmillan.

Sara Niner (2018) ‘Mane feto completo malu: gender relations in contemporary Timor-Leste’, Andrew McWilliam and Michael Leach (Ed.s) The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Timor-Leste, Oxford: Routledge.

Sara Niner (2016) ‘Living between Heaven and Earth: Understanding jender in Timor-Leste’, Women and the politics of gender in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste, Women in Asia Series, Oxford: Routledge.

Sara Niner (2016) ‘Establishing a Research Agenda for Gender Studies in Timor Leste’, Women and the politics of gender in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste, Women in Asia Series, Oxford: Routledge.

Sara Niner (2016), ’Effects and Affects: women in the post-conflict moment in TL—an application of Spike Peterson’s “Gendering Insecurities, Informalization and War Economies”’, The Palgrave Handbook on Gender and Development: Critical engagements in feminist theory and practice, Wendy Harcourt (Ed), Palgrave Publishing

Sara Niner (2013) ‘Bisoi—a veteran of Timor-Leste’s independence movement’, Women in Southeast Asian Nationalist Movements, Eds Sue Blackburn and Helen Ting, NUS Press: Singapore, pp. 226—249 See Book

Sara Niner (2012) ‘Between Earth and Heaven: The politics of gender’, The Politics of Timor-Leste: Democratic Consolidation after Intervention, Editors M. Leach and D. Kingsbury, Ithaca, NY: Cornell Southeast Asia Program, pp. 239—258 See Book Xanana reading book

Sara Niner (2011) ‘Women in the post-conflict moment in Timor-Leste’, Security, development and nation-building in Timor-Leste: Cross-sectoral perspectives, Editors Vandra Harris and Andrew Goldsmith, Routledge Publishing, pp. 41—58 See Book

Sara Niner (2008) ‘Women’s handcrafts production in East Timor: change for the better?’’, Democratic Governance in Timor-Leste: Reconciling the Local and the National, edited by David Mearns, Charles Darwin University Press,  pp. 240—249 See Book

Sara Niner (2007) ‘Martyrs, Heroes and Warriors: The Leadership of Timor-Leste’, D Kingsbury and M Leach (eds) East Timor: Beyond Independence, Monash Asia Institute Press, pp. 113-130 2007 Martyrs Heroes Warriors

Sara Niner (2000) ‘A Long Journey of Resistance: The Origins and Struggle of CNRT’, Ed., Tanter, Selden and Shalom, Bitter Flowers, Sweet Flowers: East Timor, Indonesia and the World Community, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, USA, pp. 15-29

Refereed Academic Articles

Sara Niner and Hannah Loney (under review) ‘The Women’s Movement in Timor-Leste and Potential for Social Change’, Development and Change

Sara L. Niner (2017). Reflection on the special gender stream: 2017 Timor-Leste Studies Association Conference. Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies, 10(2) View Article

Wigglesworth, A., Niner, S., Arunachalam, D., Boavida dos Santos, A. and Tilman, M. (2015) ‘Attitudes and perception of young men towards gender equality and violence in Timor-Leste ‘, Journal of International Women’s Studies, 16: 2 View Article

Sara L. Niner, Renata Kokanovic, Denise Cuthbert and Violet Cho (2014) “‘Here nobody holds your heart’: metaphoric and embodied emotions of birth and displacement among Karen women in Australia”, Medical Anthropology Quarterly. View on-line publication 05 March 2014

Sara L. Niner, Denise Cuthbert and Yarina Ahmad (2014) “Good mothers, bad mothers: motherhood, modernity and politics in representations of child abuse in Malaysia’s English-language newspapers”, Feminist Media Studies 14(6). View online publication: 06 Dec 2013

Sara L. Niner, Denise Cuthbert and Yarina Ahmad (2013) ‘The “social tsunami”: media coverage of child abuse in Malaysia’s English-language newspapers in 2010’ Media, Culture and Society, 35(4): 433—451 Journal home page

Sara L. Niner, Renata Kokanovic and Denise Cuthbert (2013) ‘Displaced mothers: birth and resettlement—gratitude and complaint’, Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness 32(6): 535-551. See Article

Sara Niner (2012) ‘Barlake: an exploration of marriage practices and issues of women’s status in Timor-Leste’, Local-Global: Identity, Security, Community, Globalism Research Centre, RMIT: Melbourne See Journal

Sara Niner (2011) ‘Hakat klot, Narrow steps: negotiating gender in post-conflict Timor-Leste’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, York University, Canada, Volume 13(3): 413—435 See Article

Sara Niner (2009) ‘Sacred Cloth and Development in Timor-Leste’ Asia-Pacific Social Science Review (APSSR) Volume 9(2): 1-17 See Article

Catherine Lang, Denny Meyer, Sarah Niner et al (2009) ‘The Impact of Gender and Pedagogical Factors on Female Pass Rates’, Communications of the Association for Information Systems: Volume 25, Article 28. See Article

Sara Niner, Jane Pirkis, Karolina Krysinska, Jo Robinson et al (2009) ‘Research priorities in suicide prevention: A qualitative study of stakeholders’ views’, Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, Volume 8 (1)

Jo Robinson, Jane Pirkis, Karolina Krysinska, Sara Niner et al (2008) ‘Research Priorities in Suicide Prevention in Australia’ Crisis: the Journal of Crisis Prevention and Suicide Prevention Volume 29(4)

Sara Niner (2005) ‘President Xanana Gusmão: A transforming leadership’, P Thomas and H Hill (eds), Development Bulletin No. 68: Cooperating with Timor-Leste, ANU, Canberra, pp. 39—41  See Article

Sara Niner (2000) ‘A Long Journey of Resistance: The Origins of the National Council of Timorese Resistance’, The Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, Vol 32(1-2):11—17 Cornell University, USA See Journal

 Research Reports

  • Sara Niner, Kathryn Cornwell and Cristina Benevides (2015) ‘Gender Analysis of Oxfam Savings and Loans Groups in Timor-Leste: Research Report’, Melbourne: Oxfam Download Report: MONASH Timor Leste Report Final2015 03 J Interviewing Grupu Maubara
  • Dr Sara Niner, Dr Ann Wigglesworth, Mr. Abel Boavida dos Santos, Mr. Mateus Tilman, Associate Professor Dharmalingam Arunachalam. 2013. Perceptions of gender and masculinities of youth in Timor-Leste Baseline Study– Joint Communication Campaign for the Prevention of Gender Based Violence Timor-Leste     2013 PyD Final Report Young Men English  or 2013 PyD Tetun Relatoriu Esbosu
  • Jacqui True, Sara Niner, Swati Parashar and Nicola George. 2013. Women’s political participation in Asia-Pacific. Report for United Nations Department of Political Affairs.  New York: Social Science Research Council Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum. View Description of Report or download report or here CPPF_WomenInPolitics_03_True
  • Kokanovic, R., Niner, S., Cho, V. and Cuthbert, D. (2012) Pilot Study on perinatal depression (PD) in refugee communities. Research report beyond blue. Melbourne. 2012 06 beyondblue Refugee Mothers Report Web Edit
  • Niner, S. (2009) International Commencing Student Study Swinburne University
  • Niner, S. (2009) ‘Gender and Society in Timor Leste’, Science Application International Corporation (SAIC)
  • Palmer, L., Niner S., and Kent L. (2006) Proceedings of Exploring the Tensions of Nation Building in Timor-Leste Forum, SAGES Working Papers, University of Melbourne. Proceedings here 2007 Tensions Nation Building Proceedings

Encyclopedia Entries

  • 2016 ‘Internet and Social Media Usage in Timor-Leste’, Entry for ‘Online around the World: A Geographic Encyclopaedia of the Internet, Social Media, and Mobile Apps’ ABC-CLIO Encyclopedias (with Emanuel Braz)