Associate Professor Bina D’Costa

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Associate Professor Bina D’Costa
Australian National University

Bina is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. She is also the school’s Deputy Director (Education). At the height of Europe’s refugee emergency, she moved to UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti as its senior migration and displacement research specialist to build its Migration and Displacement program (2016-2018).

Bina’s research interests span migration, children & conflict, gender & war crimes, human rights, and justice. She has undertaken studies on refugees, stateless communities and IDPs, and has provided inputs and technical advice to Human Rights bodies, UN agencies and NGOs. Most recently, she has served in UNICEF’s Rohingya Emergency Response Team in Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh. She has published seven books including Cascades of Violence: War, Crime and Peacebuilding Across South Asia (co-authored with John Braithwaite, ANU Press, 2018); Children and Violence: The Politics of Conflict in South Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2016); and  Nationbuilding, Gender and War Crimes in South Asia (Routledge, 2011, 2013).

Bina has held visiting fellowships at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva (2012-14); the Refugee Studies Center, Oxford University (2011-12) and the Global Justice Center, New York (2008). Bina has also served as the Asia Rapporteur for the Asia-Europe 55 member states ASEM global meeting on Children and Human Rights in 2017.

Areas of expertise 

    • International Relations
    • Political Science
    • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific
    • Defence Studies
    • Citizenship
    • Political Science Not Elsewhere Classified
    • Gender Specific Studies