Dahlia Simangan

PhD Candidate, Department of International Relations, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University


In this Professional Development podcast, the 2015 Dissertation Award Winner, Dahlia Simangan, is joined by ACUNS Book Review Editor, Anastasia Ufimtseva, to discuss Dahlia’s experiences as a PhD student and her current work as a founder of Peace Perspectives. Dahlia won the Dissertation Award for her work on “The Limits of Liberal Peacebuilding and Pitfalls of Local Involvement: Cambodia, Kosovo, and Timor-Leste in Retrospect”. Considering the merits and pitfalls of both ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ approaches, Simangan proposes a middle ground that finds a balance between liberal peacebuilding and local involvement.

Since completing her dissertation, Dahlia has been dedicating her time to Peace Perspectives, “an independent, non-profit international organization committed to the promotion of inclusive and lasting peace.” Founded in March 2017 and based in Nepal, the organization operates on the principle that every local peace perspective deserves equal consideration, and promotes small-scale community outreach.

Peace Perspectives website

Dahlia Simangan, “The Pitfalls of Local Involvement: Justice and Reconciliation in Cambodia, Kosovo and Timor-Leste”, Peacebuilding (January, 2017): 1–16.
(Available on Taylor and Francis Online)

Dahlia is a PhD Candidate at the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University. Her PhD project is about post-conflict peacebuilding in Cambodia, Kosovo, and Timor-Leste, focusing on the areas of security, justice and reconciliation, and economic development. She obtained her MA in International Relations from the International University of Japan and BA in Sociology from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity at Earth Institute, Columbia University in 2015. Dahlia is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Peace Perspectives, a non-profit peace research and community outreach organization based in Nepal. Link to Dahlia’s academic profile.