Dr. Sarina Kilham is focused on providing support, training and professional development for academics participating the Postgraduate.Futures courswork renewal strategy. Before joining the Postgraduate.Futures team, Dr. Kilham completed a transdisciplinary PhD in Sustainable Futures.
Dr. Kilham's research focuses on the intersection of sustainable rural livelihoods, autonomy of peasants and the ways in which people adapt, integrate or resist government led development programs. Dr. Kilham lectures and teaches on topics of Food Justice, Development (-post & International Community) and Gender aspects of rural development.
Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Kilham worked extensively with the United Nations, Non-Government Organisations and public institutions on international development programs for more than a decade, primarily in Timor-Leste.
Dr. Kilham speaks English, Indonesian, Tetum and Brazilian Portuguese.
Outside academic life, Dr Kilham skates with the Inner West Roller Derby League and cycles a blue Yuba Mundo long-tail bicycle.
Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA): Member
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERSDA): Member
Chancellors Thesis Award UTS: nominee
-Social Sustainability -Biofuels -Agricultural Policy -Rural Development -International Development
- Biodiesel/Biofuels Program for Rural Development and/or Social Inclusion
- International Studies
- Food Justice
- Development (post-development; International Development; Community Development)
- Gender aspects of rural development
- Ethics of Community Development
Dr. Kilham is an Evernote Certified Consultant and delivers workshops on tools and workflows for academics, including
- Google Apps /Google Classroom
Research involving fieldwork can present the researcher with ethical dilemmas not anticipated in institutional ethics approval processes, and which offer profound personal and methodological challenges. The authors' experiences of conducting qualitative fieldwork in four distinctly different contexts are used to illustrate some of these unexpected consequences and ethical dilemmas. Issues encountered included: compromised relationships with informants which develop in unforeseen ways; engagement with traumatized informants which lead to unexpected roles for the researcher such as confidante, dealing with new information that is critical to informants' futures but could undermine the research project, and the implications of ethical decisions for research design and analysis. In our shared reflection on the four case studies in this paper, we examine anticipatory rather than reactive ways of dealing with such ethical dilemmas. Preparation and critical reflection are found to be key tools in relating to field informants, dealing with the personal challenges of undertaking field work, and developing useful research outcomes after returning home. We conclude by suggesting some issues for field researchers to consider in addition to the concerns addressed in a standard university ethics approval process.
Villeneuve, M., Robinson, A., Pertiwi, P.P., Kilham, S. & Llewellyn, G. 2017, 'The Role and Capacity of Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs) as Policy Advocates for Disability Inclusive DRR in Indonesia' in Djalante, R., Garschagen, M., Thomalla, F. & Shaw, R. (eds), Disaster Risk Reduction in IndonesiaProgress, Challenges, and Issues, Springer.View/Download from: Publisher's site
This book is a unique, transdisciplinary summary of the state of the art of disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Indonesia. It provides a comprehensive overview of disaster risk governance across all levels and multiple actors including diverse perspectives from practitioners and researchers on the challenges and progress of DRR in Indonesia. The book includes novel and emerging topics such as the role of culture, religion, psychology and the media in DRR. It is essential reading for students, researchers, and policy makers seeking to understand the nature and variety of environmental hazards and risk patterns affecting Indonesia.
Following the introduction, the book has four main parts of key discussions. Part I presents disaster risk governance from national to local level and its integration into development sectors, Part II focuses on the roles of different actors for DRR, Part III discusses emerging issues in DRR research and practice, and Part IV puts forward variety of methods and studies to measure hazards, risks and community resilience.
Kilham, S. & Willetts, J.R. 2009, 'Transdisciplinary Research: a new opportunity for understanding Timor-Leste', Understanding Timor-Leste, Timor-Leste Studies Association's Understanding Timor-Leste: A Research Conference, Swinburne Press, Dili, Timor-Leste, pp. 335-340.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
This paper will provide a broad overview of transdisciplinary research, wicked problems and the potential opportunities that may be associated with using a transdisciplinary approach in Timor-Leste. To illustrate the potential challenges of conducting research in Timor-Leste, and the potential benefits of a transdisciplinary framework, the authors use one of the author`s research topic of Social Sustainability in Biofuel Production: a study of Timor-Leste and Brazil to provide examples and illustrate points.
Kilham, S. 2014, 'Bushfire planning leaves behind people with disabilities', The Conversation.
Institute for Society, Population and Nature (Brazil)
Permaculture Institute of Bahia (Brazil)
National University of Timor Lorosa'e / Faculty of Agriculture (Timor-Leste)