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
Can supervise: YES
-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, PP, 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, Germany, pp. 335-356.View/Download from: Publisher's site
This chapter describes Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) capacity building activities with disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) in four hazard risk provinces in Indonesia. Established as part of an Australian Aid supported development research initiative, the project was implemented in the last years of the Hyogo Framework for Action by the Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney and Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V, Indonesia and Philippines Office. As in other regions, participation in DRR by Indonesian DPOs was highly limited under the HFA. With the Sendai Framework for DRR (SFDRR) now recognizing persons with disabilities as key stakeholders, there is a need to broaden knowledge on the role of DPOs in DRR. While the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) refers to situations of risk, the related article has received little attention from DPOs due to multiple competing priorities. Similarly, DRR actors have rarely engaged with the disability sector. The SFDRR calls for greater collaboration between these two groups. This chapter outlines core features of the capacity building initiative and the impact of the programme on equipping Indonesian DPOs to engage within DRR. We describe how capacity building initiatives contributed to increased collaboration between disability and DRR actors, providing a practical model for supporting DPOs as policy advocates in other regions and countries. Disability-inclusive DRR recognizes the importance of collaboration to reduce and prevent risk. As the chapter illustrates, the resources to achieve this are far closer at hand than the DRR community previously thought.
Kilham, S & Willetts, JR 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)