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Sophie Saydan has Masters Degrees in International Relations (with Distinction) and in Transnational Crime Prevention, both from the University of Wollongong.

She has been with the ANU since 2011 when she was first employed as a Research Assistant for the Department of International Relations’ Transnational Environmental Crime (TEC) project.

Sophie has also worked as a senior tutor in the Department, and as a researcher with the ANU Australian Intervention and Support Hub (AISH) which examines anti-social and violent behaviour and the interventions aimed at countering it.

Sophie is also currently a Teaching Fellow for the University's Military and Defence Studies Program delivered at the Australian War College in Canberra.

Prior to joining ANU, she worked as a paralegal in the ACT Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Sophie’s PhD thesis focuses on non-state armed groups that use political violence and terrorism and their process to legitimation.

Sophie was a keynote speaker on a panel discussion on ‘Security and Defence: Current Challenges in National Security: Radicalisation and Solidarity’ that was held as part of the Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue at Parliament House, Canberra, 10 May 2016.

Research interests

Sophie's research interests include political violence and terrorism, non-state armed actors, conflict, transnational crime, and global governance.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD Candidate , The Australian National University

International Relations, Master, University of Wollongong

Transnational Crime Prevention, Master, University of Wollongong

Arts, Bachelor, University of Wollongong


  • JZ International relations
  • Non-state Armed Groups
  • Terrorism/Counterterrorism
  • Radicalisation
  • Insurgency/Counterinsurgency
  • Conflict Prevention
  • Transnational Crime Prevention
  • International Security
  • International Organisations
  • Transnational Environmental Crime


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