Kate Macfarlane is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of International Relations and is the 2018-2019 Yale Fox Fellowship recipient. She received an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship, and an Australian Government Endeavour Fellowship (2018), which funded recent fieldwork in Sri Lanka where she was based at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo.
Kate’s research focuses on the reintegration experiences of child soldiers in post-conflict Sri Lanka and Nepal, with a particular focus on girl child soldiers. She recently completed six months of fieldwork in Nepal and Sri Lanka. Kate’s research interests include children and armed conflict, peacebuilding, human security, gender and South Asia.
Kate has a Bachelor of Asian Studies (First Class Honours) and Arts from The Australian National University, with majors in Mandarin Chinese and International Relations. Before commencing her doctoral studies, Kate spent a number of years at ANU providing research and administrative support on a number of large Australian government funded research grants, including work with Professor John Braithwaite on the long-term project ‘Peacebuilding Compared’ at the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet). She previously worked in Beijing, China in the NGO development sector.