Associate Professor Sinclair Dinnen

LLB (Hons) (Strath), MA (Sheff), PhD (ANU)
Associate Professor, Department of Pacific Affairs, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
College of Asia & the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Comparative Government And Politics 160603
  • Law And Society 180119
  • Police Administration, Procedures And Practice 160205
  • Legal Institutions (Incl. Courts And Justice Systems) 180120
  • Public Policy 160510
  • International Relations 160607
  • Private Policing And Security Services 160206
  • Other Law And Legal Studies 1899
  • Criminology 1602

Research interests

Post-colonial state formation; plural policing; regulatory pluralism; law & justice reform; political ordering; development discourse and practice; crime; conflict; peacebuilding; nationbuilding.


Biographical Statement

Sinclair Dinnen has a background in socio-legal studies and completed his PhD at ANU in 1996. His doctoral research was undertaken in Papua New Guinea while he was a research fellow at the National Research Institute (1992-1995). This research was published as Law and Order in a Weak State: Crime and Politics in Papua New Guinea (University of Hawai’i Press, 2001). 

He has longstanding research interests in regulatory pluralism, comparative criminology, justice and policing, conflict and peacebuilding, post-colonial state formation and development studies.  Sinclair has published in leading journals including Oceania, Contemporary Pacific, Third World Quarterly, Policing & Society, Conflict, Security & Development, International Peacekeeping, Australian Journal of International AffairsDevelopment and Change,  and Third World Thematics, as well as book chapters , and has also co-edited seven books including, most recently, Hybridity on the Ground In Peacebuilding and Development (ANU Press, 2018).


Projects and Grants

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