Damian Grenfell is Associate Professor for Global Studies within the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.
Damian Grenfell has extensive experience across research, teaching and leadership in the Higher Education sector. In terms of research, Damian specialises in forms of social conflict and the use and impacts of violence, and has published and undertaken various projects across fields of security, transitional justice, gender, development, humanitarian interventions, with a particular interest in socio-political changes in post-conflict and post-colonial states. His work has focused particularly on Timor-Leste where he has managed the Timor-Leste Research Program since 2003 and worked in a whole variety of organisations and communities. Research grants have included ARC Discoveries and he has been visiting fellow to various universities in both Europe and the United States. A particular area of interest is on the missing and the dead from conflict in different societal contexts.
His research interests reflect through his teaching where he has extensive experience in undergraduate and postgraduate programs and having taught in all variety of modes (online, on campus, intensives, study tours, in flex semesters and so forth). A particular focus for his teaching is ensuring students develop 'work ready' skill sets and are prepared for the complexities of working in areas of social change and conflict contexts. His main areas of teaching are gender, in peace and conflict and security.
With regards to leadership he has held down a wide variety of leadership positions across teaching and research. He was a program manager (Human Security) in the Global Cities Institute, Deputy Director of the Globalism Institute (2010-2012), Director of the the Centre for Global Research (2012-2017) and program manager for the Master of International Development and Master of Global Studies (2021-2023).
- Teaching into the International Studies Undergraduate degree and the Master of International Development and Master of Global Studies programs.
- Research Manager for the Timor-Leste Studies and Program including the Matadalan ba Malu English training program
- PhD and Master by Research Supervisor
- PhD, Faculty of Arts, Monash University
- BA (Hons), Department of Politics, Monash University
- Grenfell, D. (2021). The Humanity of the Dead: Rethinking National Reconciliation in Contemporary Timor-Leste In: Multi-Level Reconciliation and Peacebuilding, Routledge, United Kingdom
- Grenfell, D. (2020). Death, emplaced security and space in contemporary Timor-Leste In: Cooperation and Conflict, 55, 461 - 478
- Grenfell, D. (2020). Unfulfilled Peace: Death and the Limits of Liberalism in Timor-Leste In: The Dead as Ancestors, Martyrs, and Heroes in Timor-Leste, Amsterdam University Press, Netherlands
- Grenfell, D.,Rosa, F. (2020). Deadly rest: proximity and the dead in the patterns of burial in Dili, Timor-Leste In: Understanding Timor-Leste 2019, Dili, Timor-Leste , 27/06/2019-28/06/2019
- Grenfell, D. (2019). Justice within the National Imaginary: Civil society and societal transition in Timor-Leste In: Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Asia and the Pacific, ANU Press, Australia
- Grenfell, D. (2018). Inside and out: Violence against women and spatiality in Timor-Leste In: Hybridity on the ground in in peacebuilding and development : critical conversations, Australian National University Press, Canberra, Australia
- James, P.,Grenfell, D. (2018). Why nationalism did not emerge earlier in Timor-Leste: customary cultures confront globalising modernism In: Postcolonial Studies, 21, 391 - 413
- Grenfell, D. (2017). Rethinking humanitarian-military interventions: Violence and modernity in an age of globalisation In: Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention in the 21st Century, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- Grenfell, D. (2017). Rethinking Practices of Security in an Age of Globalization In: International Development, Sage Publications Ltd, London, United Kingdom
- Grenfell, D. (2017). Humanitarian interventions and globalization In: Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland
- Artowns, to discuss the application of the 'Circles of Sustainability' methodology as a project monitoring, evaluation and assessment tool.. Funded by: Cultural Development Network (Victoria) Contract from (2013 to 2016)
- Civil Society Expert for the Review of Civil Society Engagement (Timor-Leste). Funded by: AusAID Contract from (2012 to 2013)
- After the Violence: Truth, Reconciliation and National Integration in Timor-Leste. Funded by: ARC Discovery 2007 from (2007 to 2010)
2 PhD Current Supervisions5 PhD Completions and 1 Masters by Research Completions