Lia Kent

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Lia Kent is a Senior Fellow/Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) in the College of Asia and the Pacific at ANU. An interdisciplinary peace and conflict studies scholar, Lia's research is interested in the myriad ways in which individuals and communities make sense of legacies of state violence and protracted conflict. She has examined these themes through long-term ethnographic research in Timor-Leste (since 2004) and more recent research in Aceh (Indonesia) and Sri Lanka. Lia is especially interested in how vernacular practices of social repair intersect with states' regulatory and governance practices and global peacebuilding discourses. She has pursued these questions through projects and publications on peacebuilding, state-building, transitional justice, reconciliation, gender justice and memory politics.

Expertise Areas

  • Crime, violence and justice
  • Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
  • Social Change
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Memory Studies
  • Restorative justice and peace-building


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