Dr. Ariel Hernandez is currently a fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg Centre for Global Cooperation Research of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He is also a scientist at the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy. He is part of the Department on Energy and Sustainability Management. He has received his PhD in Economics and Social Science from the University of Cologne, Germany and PhD in Philosophy (Focus: Political Science) from the University of Vienna, Austria. He received his Masters in Mediation from the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt, Germany, as well as Masters in Political Science, Sociology and Education from the University of Munich, Germany. He has hold lectures and seminars at the University of Leipzig (Germany), University of Frankfurt, University of Cologne, Tartu University (Estonia), De la Salle University (Philippines), Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), University of the Philippines, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, and Universidad de Alcala de Henares (Spain). His research interests include energy and sustainability politics, climate change, conflict management, negotiations with geographical interests in Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Lutfun Nahar Lata is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology at The University of Queensland, Australia. Her PhD thesis focuses on the urban poor’s access to public spaces for earning an income in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Lata is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Dhaka. She did an MSc in Sociological Research from the University of Manchester with a Commonwealth Scholarship. Lata has done research on urban poverty, social class and inequality, cultural capital and education in Bangladesh. Her research interests focus on urban poverty, informal economy, the right to the city, urban space, gendered space, social class and inequality.
Alexandra Maris is a PhD student at the University of Toronto at the Exercise Science Department in collaboration with the Women and Gender Studies Institute. She has completed her Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto and has an Honorary Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction. Her research focus is at the intersection of deviance, gender and sport. She primarily focuses on female mixed martial artists and gender fluidity as well as paying attention to exclusionary practices women athletes face through creations of deviance in male dominated sports. She has expanded her work by having a transnational lens to include looking at sporting tourism in the form of martial art camps abroad, she examines destination training camps through critical race theory and post-colonial theory to complicate racial sporting projects. Alexandra has won several awards, scholarships and fellowships for her strong academic record and for being an outstanding candidate in her field. She is a teaching assistant at her home institution in the Exercise Science Department.
Rachel Sing-Ee Tan is a PhD candidate at the Higher Education Development Centre, University of Otago, New Zealand. Her research explores the impact of globalisation, led by neo-liberalism ideology and information communication technology (ICT), on an emerging research university in Zanzibar, Tanzania. She seeks to contribute to the policy and practice of the research university. Her research interests are globalisation, internationalisation and higher education. Rachel earned her bachelor degree in English Linguistic and master degree in Tourism from the Universiti Putra Malaysia. She has been a lecturer, teacher and research assistant. Highly engaged with the community of her current university, she blogs for the International Office and volunteers as an English tutor for migrants at Dunedin.
Rebecca Tan is a PhD student at the University of Bristol studying for her PhD in politics. Supervised by Professor Tariq Modood and Dr. Jon Fox, her dissertation topic is on how migrants negotiate discourses of and perform belonging in multicultural societies, with a particular focus on Singapore. She is also interested in issues of gender and migration, and international law. As an alumnus of NUS and former tutor for Global Studies, she is excited to be part of this conference and hopes that you will enjoy your time here.
Jeuty Thakur is currently a Ph. D student of Sociology at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Her doctoral thesis intends to study the contending narratives and shifts in the ideas of identity, nation and nationalism in the neo-liberal era, with a special focus on the state of Assam, India. She has graduated from Hindu College, and obtained her Master’s degree from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, in the discipline of Sociology. Her M. Phil dissertation was titled “Assam and Politics of Subnationalism: A Sociological Analysis”. Jeuty has worked as a Guest Faculty at Gauhati University, India, and taught the paper on Research Methodology at the Masters level. She has attended short-term courses at the London School of Economics (UK), and the University of Kent (Paris Centre) on full scholarships. Her areas of research interest are: nation and nationalism; identity; globalisation; migration; gender; sustainable development and qualitative research. She hails from the state of Assam and currently resides in New Delhi.
Tan Chong Yew is a PhD candidate in Politics with the School of Politics, History and International Relations in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He holds a BSocSc (Hons) degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia and a MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK.
His research interests are democracy and democratisation, especially in divided societies, identity politics and the public sphere. In light of the current development in Malaysia's public sphere, Tan is trying to make sense of the socially conservative social movement that is fragmenting the country’s fledging civil society.
Tarek earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political & Administrative sciences at Lebanese University (Lebanon) in 1995, and his Master’s Degree in politics from Murdoch University (WA) in 2015 and is currently a PhD scholar at National Security College, Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.
His main academic interests are in Islamism, Geopolitics and broader International relations. He started his career as a journalist in 1993 and contributed to major Arab newspapers in the Middle East during the 1990s and early 2000s. Tarek has published hundreds of articles and opinion pieces, as well as several academic papers (in Arabic and English) and several books in Arabic.
Pinar Temocin's academic background began in engineering and philosophy in both Turkey and Germany. After completing her degree, she decided to pursue a career in peacekeeping and humanitarian relief, and has had internships on politics and international relations at various institutes in Ankara, St Petersburg, and Prague. Her interest and enthusiasm for numerous fields increased her awareness of some compelling political situations, and, based on that, she chose to study European Studies in Germany, which was followed by a year of Comparative Politics and Public Policy in France. Pinar wrote her master’s thesis on anti-nuclear activism against the first nuclear power plant in Turkey. Her current research focuses on the efficiency of civil society organizations regarding conflict resolution and prevention issues. In this regard, she is interested in citizen organizations’ capacities, grassroots peace activists, independent activists, and hibakushas (the surviving victims of the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) to work effectively for peace.
Dr Mubashar Hasan teaches Political Science in North South University (NSU)—Bangladesh’s most prestigious private university—as an Assistant Professor. In 2017, the Washington based RESOLVE Network at the United States Institute of Peace selected Mubashar as a Bangladesh based research fellow for nine months, where at the end of the fellowship Mubashar is expected to deliver a Bangladesh policy brief in front of an influential policy audience in Washington D.C this September.
In 2016, he was awarded a short fellowship from the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies to spend a week at the South Asia Institute of the University of California, Berkley, USA. Additionally, he was awarded a PhD by the School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Australia in April 2016. He holds a MLitt in Muslims, Globalization and the West from Aberdeen University, UK, a MSc in Globalization: origin, development, and contemporary impact from Dundee University, UK and a BSS (Hons) in Mass Communication and Journalism from Dhaka University, Bangladesh.
Mubashar is the founder of www.alochonaa.com, a global online platform to foster dialogue among civilizations and cultures through intelligent and informed think pieces.
Harsh Mahaseth is currently pursuing a degree in law from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad, India. His numerous publications in prestigious journals and his internships with various international organizations such as the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretariat, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), etc. have directed him towards the areas of International Humanitarian and Criminal Law. With an aim to go back to Nepal and help establish peace and prosperity, he has been dedicated to these areas, with them forming his prime areas of interest.
Dr. Constantine M. Koursaris is an Assistant Professor and Program Chair of Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the College of Business at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide. His research areas focus on improving a company’s process for optimal supply chain management in the manufacturing of a product’s quality, organizational efficiency and performance, throughout the software/system development life cycle phases. He has presented in several conference proceedings and coauthored a book chapter on commercial space transportation.
Constantines’ professional experience include eight years in the aerospace industry, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, holding various key positions as a Computer Scientist providing automated logistics support for the space shuttle program, as a Senior Instructor teaching solid rocket booster courses, and as a Senior Systems Engineer in Orion’s Constellation Program. Constantine holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research, an M.S. in Engineering Management, an M.S. in Systems Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology; a B.S. in Computer Science from Southern University and A&M College. He is a member of the American Society for Engineering Management, the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, and the Institute for Supply Management.
Khandaker Farzana Rahman currently teaches Criminology at the University of Dhaka. She completed LLB and LLM from the University of Dhaka with distinctions and a Masters under the Netherlands Fellowship Program from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research interest centers on terrorism and counter terrorism, gender, crime and criminal justice, youth and gender violence, as well as juvenile justice.
As a student, Farzana has been a key member of Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP) and their Street Law Program in Bangladesh. Through this organization, she has conducted classes in medium schools/slum areas in Dhaka to create awareness on the rights of women and children, family law, environmental protection, and citizens’ right and duties. Through her own initiatives she has conducted awareness program on the prohibition of child marriage and dowry system and protection of reproductive health in Rashidpur High School in Jamalpur. Additionally, she works as a trainer consultant in ALDI Factory Advancement Project where she is providing training in different garments factories of Bangladesh on various issues of production and quality, women empowerment including freedom from discrimination and harassment, and development of child care center. She has different publications on human rights crisis, domestic violence, trafficking, counter terrorism, and has attended several national and international conference.
Md. Aftab Alam recently started teaching Political Science at Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi, New Delhi. He has completed his Masters and MPhil in Political Science from Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His graduate work was completed at Jamia Millia Islamia, A Central University in New Delhi. His areas of interest include; Indian politics, marginality, caste, social justice, modernity, South Asia, globalization, minorities, and democracy. He has publications in relevant fields including one from Oxford University Press. He has participated in national and international conferences in India and abroad and has been Member of various government committees, research institutes, and civil society organizations. He hails from a remote village in the state of Bihar and currently resides in New Delhi, India.
Vidushi Kaushik is a PhD Scholar at the School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, she worked for four years on issues related to civilian protection, peace-building, and human rights. Vidushi has worked in Mindanao Islands, Philippines and in North East India (in the state of Manipur) on similar themes. While working in Mindanao, she worked on peacebuilding initiatives between the communities affected by the long-running conflict between the MILF and the Government of the Philippines. She was involved in facilitating community-led initiatives promoting peace between Muslim and Christian communities living in the conflict-affected provinces within Mindanao. Before her work in the Philippines, she was located in the state of Manipur in North East India conducting the research study ‘Effects of Low-Intensity Armed Conflict on Civilian Population.' A TISS Mumbai initiative, she was involved in the data collection and data analysis stage of the study.
At present, besides pursing her doctoral studies, Vidushi is involved in implementing ‘Access to Justice’ Fellowship- an innovative initiative of TISS for strengthening legal aid to marginalised communities in India. She's also involved with the Centre for Statelessness and Refugee Studies- TISS, conducting a study- ‘Mapping Statelessness Among the Hill Country Tamils in India’.