Dr Sinclair Dinnen is a co-author on the third Peacebuilding Compared volume: Pillars and shadows: statebuilding as peacebuilding in Solomon Islands (ANU E Press: 2010). He commenced work as a Post Doctoral Fellow in 1996 at the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM). Sinclair has qualifications in law and criminology. He previously lectured at the Law Faculty of the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and later was a senior researcher at the National Research Institute (NRI) in Port Moresby. His doctoral research undertaken in Port Moresby and parts of the Highlands resulted in Law and Order in a Weak State: Crime and Politics in Papua New Guinea (2001). He has longstanding research interests in crime, conflict and peacebuilding, and legal pluralism in Melanesian countries, particularly PNG and The Solomon Islands. Sinclair’s edited books include Reflections on Violence in Melanesia (with Alison Ley, 2000); A Kind of Mending: Restorative Justice in the Pacific Islands (with Anita Jowett and Tess Newton, 2003); and Politics and State Building in The Solomon Islands (with Stewart Firth, 2008). His current research looks at issues of state-building and nation-building, aid policy, interventionism, and policing in Melanesia. He is working on a book on Australian policing interventions in The Solomon Islands and Timor Leste. Sinclair has undertaken extensive policy work in the area of law and justice.
Conflict and peace building; legal pluralism; comparative criminology; governance in fragile states; the politics of aid; and Australia’s relations with the Pacific.