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Researcher biography

My research interests focus primarily on international efforts to provide institutional and legal forms of protection to civilians and forced migrants. My first book, A Right to Flee: Refugees, States, and the Construction of International Cooperation (Cambridge University Press, 2014), examines the origins and evolution of refugee protection from 1648 to the present. My co-edited book, with Alexander Betts and entitled Implementation in World Politics: How Norms Change Practice (Oxford University Press, 2014), examines the difficulties in implementing even strongly institutionalized human-centered norms. My current work focuses on institutional and legal protections for internally displaced persons. I have published in a variety of outlets within the fields of international relations and forced migration studies, including Global Governance, International Affairs, the Review of International Studies, and Refugee Survey Quarterly. Prior to joining UQ, I served as a Canadian Department of National Defence Security and Defence Forum Post-Doctoral Fellow. I hold a PhD from the University of British Columbia, and previously worked as the Assistant to the Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Internally Displaced Persons. I am also the Research Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

Research Expertise

International Relations Theory International Security (non-traditional security discourse) International Organisations Forced Migration Humanitarianism Peacekeeping

Teaching Interests

POLS6301 Honours Research Methods POLS7701 Master's Research Methods POLS2222 Human Security and the Responsibility to Protect POLS3203 Power and Order in Transnational Politics