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Professor John Langmore AM

John Langmore
Professor John Langmore AM

Chair, Steering Committee, Initiative for Peacebuilding

Professor John Langmore initiated the Centre for Peacebuilding proposal. Between 1963 and 1976 he worked in Papua New Guinea as a public servant and academic where he led the preparation of the first national plan. Between 1976 and 1984 he was an economic advisor to the Australian Labor Party and proposed the negotiation of the Accord. In 1984 he was elected as the Member for Fraser in the House of Representatives and was re-elected four times. One of his achievements there was chairing the committee which planned the adoption of the first comprehensive committee system for the House of Representatives.

John retired from parliament in 1996 to become Director of the UN Secretariat Division for Social Policy and Development in New York for five years and then Representative of the International Labour Organization to the United Nations for two. He was responsible for the organisation of the 24th special session of the UN General Assembly which was the first world conference to agree on a global target for halving serious poverty. Since 2005 he has been a Professorial Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences in the University of Melbourne where he has initiated and coordinated graduate subjects on the UN, Social and Political Development and nuclear disarmament.

He has written, jointly written, or jointly edited six books including two reports to DFAT on conflict prevention and peacebuilding; and has published over 70 refereed journal articles and chapters in books on economic, social, environmental, and foreign policy issues including international peacebuilding and global governance.

He was one of the two founders of the Australia Institute; was National President of the UNAA for five years from 2005 and was a member of the founding committee of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.

Dr Tania Miletic

Dr Tania Miletic
Dr Tania Miletic

Senior Research Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences and Assistant Director of the Initiative for Peacebuilding

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.

Other Members of the Initiative for Peacebuilding Board

Professor Karen Farquharson, Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS), Professor of Sociology

Professor Erika Feller, Professorial Fellow, Melbourne School of Government, Faculty of Law

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, SSPS

John McCarthy AO, former senior Australian diplomat, analyst, and writer

Professor Russell Goulbourne, Dean of the Faculty of Arts

Associate Professor Tilman Ruff OA, Nossal Institute for Global Health, Melbourne School of Global and Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Research Affiliates

Professor Derek McDougal, Professorial Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts.

Dr Carla Winston, School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts.

PhD Candidate

Jacob Berah

Jacob is continuing his research into UN Special Political Missions and the politics of peacebuilding.

While the need for conflict mediation and peacebuilding support grows, the UN is seeking to adapt its systems and approaches for the evolving challenges of the 21st Century; in particular, with an emphasis on political methods and solutions. UN Special Political Missions have long played a crucial role in international conflict mitigation, but remarkably this has not been reflected by much rigorous analysis or significant treatment in the literature. These have a proven record for high quality peacebuilding and Jacob’s research will make a fitting contribution to understanding and enhancing this tradition.

Jacob’s research proposes to explore both the theoretical and practical dimensions of how UN Special Political Missions, and peace operations more broadly, engage in the politics of conflict to support peace. Jacob’s strong academic achievements and his decade of professional diplomatic experience would enable him to make substantial contributions to the Centre.

Research Assistants

Naomi Brooks

Naomi is a Master of International Relations student at the University of Melbourne, with an interest in conflict resolution and prevention and in peace building. She has experience studying and volunteering across Africa and Asia, predominantly in post-conflict Rwanda. She was recently published in the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Australian Outlook. Her article examined parallels between pre-genocide Rwanda and present day Burundi and proposed that the UN should remain vigilant, taking into account their experience in 1994 Rwanda:  Burundi vs. Rwanda: Potential for a Future Genocide.

Patrick Quinn

A current postgraduate student studying a Master of International Relations at the University of Melbourne, Patrick has long held a piercing interest in issues relating to conflict resolution, the international dimensions of global security decision–making, and the growing importance of multilateralism in the face of global challenges. Following previous research, Patrick’s current thesis seeks to explore the theoretical and practical dimensions of contested legitimacy within multilateral institutions and global decision making, particularly within the Asia-Pacific region.

Patrick’s research background has recently led him to intern for Australia’s Cyber Security CRC where he conducted major research into the growing spectre of geopolitical competition in outer space. By drawing particular attention to the lack of a coherent universal legal framework dedicated to the cybersecurity of space-based infrastructure, the research culminated in recommendations on the frontier of cutting-edge cybersecurity issues. The report's findings have since been integrated into the Space Industry Association of Australia’s submission to the Department of Home Affairs’ Critical Infrastructure Review.