Dr Lia Kent is a Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and a member of the Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ). Prior to joining RegNet she was a Research Fellow at ANU’s State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) program for four and a half years. With a background in socio-legal studies, she has research interests in the areas of transitional justice, memory studies, peacebuilding, and gender studies, with a geographic focus on Timor-Leste. Much of her work is concerned with the discursive struggles that take place in post-conflict societies over questions of remembrance, reconciliation and justice and what these reveal about the dynamics of nation formation and the local ‘translation’ of international norms. Dr Kent’s book, The Dynamics of Transitional Justice: International Models and Local Realities in East Timor (Routledge 2012), is based on her PhD thesis, and interrogates the gap between the official claims made for transitional justice and local expectations.
Research Interests: Transitional justice; memory studies; peacebuilding; remembrance, reconciliation and justice in post-conflict societies; and gender studies, with a geographic focus on Timor-Leste
Research Projects ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 2015: After Conflict: Local Memories and Nation-building in Timor-Leste and Bougainville. This project examines how community members in Timor-Leste and Bougainville are collectively remembering their respective experiences of conflict and considers what this reveals about the processes of nation formation in those societies.
ARC Discovery Grant 2014 (with Professor Renee Jeffery and Dr Joanne Wallis): Political Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific. This project examines the politics of reconciliation in the Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Bougainville.