IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Jake Lynch, University of Sydney, Australia

November 10 – December 5, 2014

Jake Lynch is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies of the University of Sydney, an Executive Member of the Sydney Peace Foundation and a Senior Research Fellow of the School of Communication at the University of Johannesburg.

Prior to assuming his present post in 2007, he enjoyed a successful 18-year career as a professional journalist, with spells as a Political Correspondent for Sky News and Sydney Correspondent for the Independent, culminating in a role as a presenter for BBC World TV News.

Jake is the most published and most cited author in the field of Peace Journalism, with seven books to his credit along with nearly 50 book chapters and refereed articles, the latter in such highly respected scholarly journals as Journalism: Theory, Criticism and Practice and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. Jake’s new book, A Global Standard for Reporting Conflict (New York: Routledge) is the outcome of a three-year Linkage Grant from the Australian Research Council. He is a regular contributor of opinion and analysis articles to newspapers and high-quality websites.

Jake served for two years as Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association, having organised and hosted its biennial global conference in Sydney, in 2010. He is in regular demand to deliver keynote lectures, both at academic conferences and gatherings of journalists and peace activists. And he has kept up a long record of professional consultancy to aid organisations, devising and implementing media development training for journalists and agency staff in many countries.

Whilst in Sydney, Jake has upheld and furthered the tradition of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and the Sydney Peace Foundation, of advocacy for peace and social justice across a range of issues both in Australia and overseas. These have included the human rights of both Palestinians and Sri Lankan Tamils, as well as opposition to militarism.

In a one-month appointment from November until December 2014, Assoc Prof Lynch will be working with the GIC's Director, Prof Tim Edmunds, on a project entitled ‘Networked legitimacy conflicts: globalising self-determination struggles by Palestinians and Sri Lankan Tamils’.

Aside from the main project outlined above, Assoc Prof Lynch will also work with GIC postgraduate research student Mr Gilberto Algar-Faria to further their current collaborative work on Sri Lankan political representation. Additionally, he will be presenting some of the main findings of his peace research in a keynote speech at the Global Insecurities Conference, which will be taking place at the University of Bristol on 21-22 November 2014.

During his stay in Bristol Professor Lynch will be presenting at the Global Insecurities Centre Seminar on Peace Journalism on the 3 December.

For further details regarding Professor Lynch's visit, please contact Professor Timothy Edmunds.