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News 20 December 2012

NSC PhD candidate, Ms Naomi Atkins, receives ‘Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship’

The Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship is a highly prestigious award that is provided to support postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to conduct up to six months research in either Asia or Australia. The award represents a joint partnership between the Cheung Kong Group and the Australian government. In the case of Naomi, she received the award for her work on human trafficking. Her PhD dissertation is entitled: ‘Responding to Human Trafficking in the Southeast Asia-Australia region: Challenges and Future Directions’. In the words of Naomi, for the ‘purpose of improving counter-trafficking practices in the Southeast Asia-Australia region, the dissertation seeks to provide an empirically based examination of the factors that undermine the effectiveness of the anti-trafficking policies and strategies that currently prevail. These factors will include an examination of the nexus between state weakness, poverty and social relations (e.g. culture)’. Through visiting appointments at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore) and the Institute of Security and International Studies (Malaysia), Naomi will conduct research in three case study countries and will seek to provide policy relevant outcomes that will, in turn, enhance the emancipatory possibilities for those affected by human trafficking.

Thinking about undertaking a PhD?

Then think about doing it at the NSC. At the conclusion of its first year, the NSC’s PhD program is off to a great start with a mix of PhD candidates from Australia and abroad who are conducting research on a range of traditional and non-traditional security challenges with topics that also include ASEAN and Japan’s relations with China. Should you be interested in undertaking PhD research at the NSC then please contact our PhD convenor, Associate Professor Christian Enemark, at

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