Nicola S. Williams is a PhD Candidate at the Australian National University (ANU)’s Crawford School of Public Policy. She works at the ANU Myanmar Research Centre and has 12 years of experience working in international development and international affairs, mostly in South and Southeast Asia. Her professional experience spans peace processes, armed violence reduction, and governance transitions having worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Asia Pacific Regional Centre (APRC), The Asia Foundation (TAF) and other organisations. She has run or supported programs in Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines. Most recently, Nicola spent 4.5 years in Myanmar where she managed TAF’s Peace and Transitions team carrying out research and providing technical support on federalism. Nicola’s policy research experience includes conflict and political economy analyses. Her academic research (qualitative and quantitative), focuses on armed conflict, state-building and nation-building in South and Southeast Asia and determinants of intrastate conflict outcomes. She is additionally investigating cyber dimensions of civil wars and the changing nature of warfare. Her analysis and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, Voice of America, the Strait Times, and Channel News Asia.
Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia