Diane Tippett is a second year PhD student in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney. Her doctoral thesis is entitled ‘The archaeology of Afghan political identities and implications for peacebuilding: a comparative study of Soviet and American occupations’. She is conducting field research interviews with Afghan diaspora communities and where possible, Afghans who remain in Afghanistan, with a view towards privileging and promoting Afghan voices, ontologies and epistemologies. Diane’s previous research has focussed on the North Caucasus (specifically Dagestan) and Central Asia, with the underlying theme being analysis of protracted identity-based conflicts and pathways to achieving peace with justice.

Diane has a Master of Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Studies) from the University of Adelaide and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law. Diane is trained in both advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods, and social research ethics; pursuing immersive research and fieldwork opportunities wherever possible. She speaks English and Russian and is learning Persian; and holds dual Australian and Italian citizenship.

Diane currently works part-time as a sessional academic and research assistant at the University of Sydney. She is also admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and is also employed part-time at the Federal Court of Australia. She is open to work opportunities in Central Asia, Europe and North America.


Department of Peace and Conflict Studies

University of Sydney


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