Staff profile - Damien Kingsbury

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Prof Damien Kingsbury

Position: Personal Chair And Professor Of International Politics
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SHSS Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 46410 +61 3 924 46410



Professor Damien Kingsbury is the Director of the Master of International and Community Development, teaching ADS734 The Political Development Record, ADS735 Conflict Resolution and Development, and ADS733 The Economic Development Record, as well as supervising Honours, Masters and PhD candidates.

Biography summary

  • Damien is Deputy-Chair of the Balibo House Trust, a small NGO operating in Timor-Leste, where he has worked extensively since the mid-1990s, and is a board member with the Australia Myanmar Institute.
  • Damien coordinates the largest international observer group to Timor-Leste’s 1999 ballot for independence, and to Timor-Leste’s elections in 2007 and 2012 (and again in 2017).
  • He recently coordinated the Australian observer mission to Myanmar’s general elections.
  • He was adviser to the Aceh peace talks, which ended three decades of separatist war with a democratic outcome
  • Has advised the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on its recent peace agreement and in 2013 brokered a peace agreement between warring factions in the northeast of India.
  • Damien is a regular national and international media commentator on international affairs, including his regular ‘World According To ...’ segment on ABC774.


  • Master of Arts, Monash University, 1992
  • Master of Science, Columbia University, 1993
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 1997


Asian Studies Association

Professional activities

twice Associate Head of School, A/Chair Academic Appeals Board, ARC reader, Balibo House Trust board, covenor Friends of Balibo, member Friends of Baucau.


Teaching Interests

Off-campus, AID734, AID735, Master of International and Community Development

Expertise summary

International politics,politics of development, security issues.

Student supervision

Several PhDs.

Related Links

International and Community Development program

Damien Kingsbury's Deakin Speaking blog


Research projects

Challenges to nation building in Timor-Leste, comparative separatist movements.

Research interests

South-East Asian/Indonesia/East Timor/Sri Lanka Politics, Political Development, the role of the military in politics, security and terrorism, post-colonial political structures and nation formation, assertions of self-determination, and civil and political rights.

In 2007 and 2012, Professor Kingsbury led the Australian NGO observer group to the East Timor presidential and parliamentary elections, following a similar task to the ballot on self-determination in 1999. In 2005, Professor Kingsbury was invited by the Crisis Management Initiative to advise the Free Aceh Movement in the Aceh peace talks being held in Helsinki. He has since advised a number of other regional organisations on methods of negotiating peaceful resolution to conflict.

Research grants

ARC Discovery (3)

Research groups

Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights.

Research page

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