Diane Tippett is a penultimate 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 interventions’. 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 tertiary qualifications include 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, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law and a Graduate Diploma in Information Management (Library and Information Management) from the University of South Australia.

Trained in both advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods, and social research ethics; Diane pursues immersive research and fieldwork opportunities wherever possible. Her fieldwork experience has included work in: Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Pakistan, India, Australia, Germany, North America and the United Kingdom. 

Diane has worked as a research assistant and sessional academic in both the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is an admitted solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and has previously held a Senior/APS Level 4 role at the Federal Court of Australia.

Diane speaks English and Russian and is learning Persian. Whilst she currently lives in London, she holds dual Australian and Italian citizenship, and is open to work opportunities in Central Asia, Europe and North America.

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