Green Templeton DPhil Scholarship
After two years at GTC to complete my MPhil in International Development Studies (distinction), it has been wonderful to continue with the generous support of the College as the 2011 GTC DPhil Scholar.
"Green Templeton College has been the centre of my Oxford experience; here I have found support for academic endeavours as well as the friends that make collaboration – and letting one’s hair down – a joy."
At the end of Michaelmas Term 2011, I left to spend six months in Timor‐Leste to undertake my DPhil field research. There I explored veterans’ issues and post-conflict reintegration policy, which has entailed both elite interviews and a survey of over 220 registered former combatants randomly selected from nine sub‐districts across the country.
I logged over 1,000 km on my Honda SupraX motorbike, though at times walking into particularly remote communities to find individuals. It was an interesting time to be there, with the presidential elections, the ten‐year anniversary of the restoration of independence, and the withdrawal of the UN mission still imminent.
I have now returned to Oxford to dig into the data and write up the results. I look forward to continuing my involvement with the College, where, over the last three years, I have been chair (2010) and been the student advisor (2011) for the annual Human Welfare Conference, served as the Charities and Development Officer on the GCR, and enjoyed rowing with Green Templeton Boat Club.