Professor John Langmore AM
Dr Tania Miletic
Assistant Director of the Initiative for Peacebuilding, and Senior Research Fellow (School of Social and Political Sciences)
For the past 20 years Dr Tania Miletic has been engaged in policy-oriented research, peacebuilding practice, teaching post-graduate subjects in peace and conflict studies, and supporting actors engaged in peace processes in the Asia-Pacific region.
Tania is a Faculty member on the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies Applied Conflict Transformation Studies PhD program and a former consultant to CPCS from 2006-2012. She has collaborated with Chinese academics in mainland China for over a decade in research and teaching on contemporary conflicts within China; while being a visiting researcher to the Centre for Human Rights & Conflict Resolution Programs at the Zhou En Lai School of Government, University of Nankai, Tianjin, China.
Tania has been a Sessional Academic at Victoria University teaching units on Conflict Resolution ASA5050; Peace, Conflict and Violence ASA5010 and Transnational Gender and Human Rights since 2007.
Tania first trained as a psychologist, worked with Melbourne Uni’s Centre for Global Mental Health, and still consults on trauma informed peacebuilding, collective approaches to social healing and wellbeing. She was recently the Policy consultant to the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture and the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria. She is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Conflict and Peace Division.
Professor Joseph Lo Bianco
Professor Joseph (Joe) Lo Bianco is professor emeritus in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. He is a specialist in bilingual education, literacy studies, and conflict mitigation with four decades of work in peacebuilding efforts in various South and Southeast Asian settings, especially Sri Lank, Myanmar, South Thailand and Malaysia. Prof Lo Bianco is series editor of Springer Language Policy books and has published over 40 books and major reports and more than 150 academic papers.
Joe leads the Initiative for Peacebuilding’s research on Peacebuilding and Language, focusing on issues of justice, communication and voice.
Dr Gillian Howell
2023 Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellow, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Dr Gillian Howell's award-winning interdisciplinary research and creative practice advance our understanding of the contributions of music-making to post-war community wellbeing and social transformation. In her role as Dean's Research Fellow in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, she is leading a portfolio of research that explores the intersections of music, conflict and peace, including investigations into: the varieties of peace that music-making fosters; collective songwriting as a methodology for understanding the experiences of voice and power among war-affected adolescents in the Middle East; the musical lives of young Afghans; and the practices of musician-peacebuilders around the world.
Internationally, Gillian has conducted research in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Kosovo and North Macedonia, and was the principal investigator for the arts-based research consultancy, exploring voice and collective power among adolescents affected by conflict and violence in the Middle East, with Save the Children Middle East and Eastern Europe in 2021. In Australia she has undertaken research with First Nations communities in the Kimberley and with young people with lived experience of forced displacement and migration. Her contributions are located at the nexus of community music, peacebuilding, international development, and place-based community arts collaborations, and she is published in leading outlets across applied music and community arts, cultural policy, development studies, and peace and conflict studies. Gillian brings a unique combination of academic and professional expertise to her field, with over two decades of professional appointments as a music facilitator, creative director, and community engagement consultant with Australia's leading orchestras, contemporary art music organisations, and social music projects. Her awards and recognitions include the Australian Art Music Award for Excellence in a Regional Area (with Tura New Music) in 2020, the Callaway Doctoral Award in 2019, and multiple arts development grants from Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne. She is the Co-Chair of the International Society for Music Education's Community Music Activity Commission, and has a growing profile as a public speaker, with invited keynote presentations in China, Colombia, Australia, and Norway.
Gillian will lead the Initiative for Peacebuilding on Arts and Peacebuilding.
- Associate Professor Jennifer Balint, Head of School, Social and Political Sciences
- Professor Erika Feller, Professorial Fellow, Melbourne School of Government
- Dr Emma Leslie AM, Executive Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (Cambodia)
- Professor Adrian Little, Pro Vice Chancellor (International) and Professor of Political Theory
- John McCarthy AO, former senior Australian diplomat, analyst, and writer
- The Reverend Professor Russell Goulbourne, Dean, Faculty of Arts
- Associate Professor Tilman Ruff AO, Nossal Institute for Global Health.
- Professor Derek McDougall, Professorial Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences.
- Dr Carla Winston, Lecturer in International Relations, School of Social and Political Sciences.
- Dr Siad Darwish, Environmental Peacebuilding and Gender Advisor.
- Dr Dolly Kikon, Collaborator on Food Systems, Conflict and Peacebuilding.
- Professor Sanjay Barbora, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
- Dr Rachael Diprose, Senior Lecturer in Indonesian Studies, School of Social and Political Sciences.
- Dr Anne Decobert, Lecturer in Development Studies, School of Social and Political Sciences.
- Dr Lesley Pruitt, Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, School of Social and Political Sciences.
- Dr Anouk Ride, Independent Researcher, Solomon Islands.
- Denise Nichols, Practitioner Affiliate.
- Mr Soth Plai Ngarm, Research Affiliate.
- Dr Gabrielle Grant, Research Affiliate.
- Dr Nerkez Opacin, Teaching Associate, School of Social and Political Sciences.
- Dr Ali Albakaa, Research Affiliate.
- Mr. Masoom Mohammad Stanekzai, Research Affiliate
- Jacob Berah, who is undertaking research into UN Special Political Missions and the politics of peacebuilding.
- Sophia Htwe, whose research aims to develop a better understanding of the role of Myanmar’s civil society organisations in peacebuilding in the Rohingya conflict.
- David Lozada is researching the social conflicts within and between social actors who mobilised against president Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’.
- Syed Ali Akash whose central research question examines the complementarity and incongruity between state-led and locally-driven approaches to peacebuilding.