Victoria Stead joined the Centre for Global Research as a research assistant and went on to commence her PhD in 2009.
"I joined the Centre for Global Research in 2007 as a research assistant, working on an innovative research collaboration between Centre researchers and the Department for Community Development in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Participation in research trips to PNG gave me invaluable fieldwork experience and introduced me to a part of the world that has since become the focus for my own research. Joining the Timor-Leste Research Program shortly after added to that experience. When I began my PhD in 2009 — examining transformations of customary land tenure systems in the context of globalisation, state- and nation-building practices — Timor-Leste and PNG became my two primary field sites.
As both a postgraduate student and emerging researcher, my association with the Centre has been hugely beneficial. I was able to begin my PhD with extensive research experience, and perhaps most importantly, I was already established within a collegial environment and a vibrant research culture.
In addition, the Centre provided an environment I was able to contribute to through my role as a member of the Centre Executive for two years, as well as through involvement with Centre events and seminar series, and through teaching within the Global Studies program. My involvement within the Centre has given me opportunities to write and publish — including as a co-author of a research monograph — and it has provided practical support to attend conferences and conduct research.
Ultimately the net effect of a membership with the Centre has been of significant importance to me — I completed my PhD with an extensive research and publications profile, established wonderful collegial relationships, and gained valuable experience working within an academic environment."