Congratulations to Dr Phil Orchard, Senior Researcher at the Asia Pacific Centre for R2P and Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Political Science and International Studies at The University of Queensland, on being awarded a prestigious ARC Discovery Grant. Dr Orchard will also become the Centre’s Research Director on 17 November 2014, replacing Professor Tim Dunne who became the Dean of the University of Queensland’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in March.
Discovery Grants are provided on a national competitive basis for projects that enhance and expand Australia’s knowledge base, research capability, international collaborations and global competitiveness in research. Dr Orchard will examine “why governments increasingly use force to deliberately displace their own populations on a massive scale, which is termed regime-induced displacement. Through a mix of quantitative and case study research, this project aims to explain why such actions have become rational strategies for regimes to respond to ethnic groups which may be a threat to them and how these regimes try to justify their behaviour in order to thwart or delay international action. This is a critical issue as beyond its human cost, regime-induced displacement can lead to state fragility and regional instability as cases from Darfur to Syria demonstrate. Consequently, it directly affects Australia’s security interests and international responsibilities”.