Sarina commenced as a Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Futures in 2009 after nearly a decade working in international development. Sarina's research is focused on social sustainability in biodiesel production, specifically looking at the autonomy of smallholder farmers. .
Sarina is also interested in Australia's role and potential purchasing power in the region and believes that there is a responsibility to ensure the impacts of biofuel production and consumption are not shifted 'off-shore' to our developing neighbours.
Sarina has a double-degree Bachelor in Social Science and in International Studies (Indonesian) (University of Technology Sydney 2000) and spent a year studying in Indonesia (Universitas Gadjah Mada and Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang), undertaking research in Central Java on self-perceptions of street children. Sarina has a Masters of Sustainable Agriculture (University of Sydney 2005) completing her dissertation on Challenges to Effective Coordination for Sustainable Agriculture: A Case Study on East Timor. Sarina has worked in Timor-Leste (formally East Timor) since 2000 in range of development positions with the United Nations, International NGOs and the Government of Timor-Leste. She speaks all four of the Timor-Leste national languages (Tetun, English, Portuguese and Indonesian).
Sarina is interested in entrepeneurship and the translation of academic research into real world outcomes. Sarina eagerly welcomes any comments, ideas or expressions of interest regarding her research.
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