Now a PhD candidate, Bronwyn Winch reflects on how her involvement with the Centre for Global Research shaped and supported her Honours thesis and research.
Current PhD candidate
"In 2012 I undertook my Honours degree in International Studies. The formulation of my thesis was in large part due to my participation in a study tour to Timor-Leste, an opportunity for students to engage with the work of the Timor-Leste Research Program. My interest in the relationship between customary social relations and processes of nation/state-building was relevant to the program’s objective of understanding processes of change in contemporary Timor-Leste. By aligning my research with this program, I was able to engage with staff and students who have conducted years of in-country research and have established collaborative connections across communities, civil society groups, as well as state and international institutions in Timor-Leste. Furthermore, I had access to a wide array of survey and interview data and publications. Not only did my involvement in the Timor-Leste Research Program provide invaluable support in the development of my Honours thesis, it has fostered my interest in pursuing a career in research, specifically in Timor-Leste."