My research focuses on the political economy of the security-development nexus. I have researched issues related to security sector reform; plural policing; the securitisation of migrants; the politics of international peace-building and state-building interventions; internal dynamics of rebel groups; and conflict/post-conflict trends in several contexts. In my research, I predominantly use concepts from Gramscian state theory, political economy and political geography; and methods from historical sociology and ethnography.
Before joining the University of Auckland in January 2019, I held academic positions at the University of Sussex (Brighton, UK) and Murdoch University (Perth, Australia). My pre-academia, professional background includes positions as a journalist, security and political analyst and consultant. I worked as a foreign correspondent covering political violence in Southeast Asia for publications such as Jane's Intelligence Review and The South China Morning Post and AdnKronos International; and I provided consulting services to private and public institutions such as the World Bank, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Walton Family Foundation. I was also briefly the Head of Department for Inequality, Governance and Peacebuilding at London-based consultancy firm VJW International.