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Timor-Leste Relationship Coordinator: Associate Professor, Dr. Jerry Courvisanos

Adjunct Professor Patrice Braun: Gender, regional development
Patrice was part of the original Timor-Leste team that helped to set up the relationship with UNTL to help grow the research and education capability of the institution. Her work has been focused on building relationships and partnerships with Timor-Leste stakeholders. Her expertise is in business-related gender and regional development. She can be contacted by UNTL researchers and Timor-Leste based development organisations such as UNWomen interested in collaborating on building gender-responsive ecosystems and undertaking research with an emphasis on gender frameworks, female entrepreneurship and gender-inclusive community capacity building practices.
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Dr Stephen Carey: Geology
Stephen is an expert on weathering of landscapes and mineral resources. Together with colleague Nicole Cox, Stephen will take a group of geology students to Timor-Leste in September 2018, to examine aspects of the complex geology of the country. The excursion will give students experience in doing field work in a developing country, as many professional geologists do. This opportunity is provided by student mobility awards from the Australia Federal Government’s New Colombo Plan.
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Associate Professor, Dr Maxine Cooper: Sociology, education
Maxine is a sociologist, educational researcher and teacher educator. She has experience in developing and delivering innovative research projects, and teacher education program innovation. She has taught in Australia, Portugal, Peru and Pakistan and supervised pre-service teachers undertaking professional experiences in Timor-Leste and Nepal. Maxine operates from a framework of social justice, integrity and ethical approaches to research, to learn, and to teach.

Associate Professor, Dr Jerry Courvisanos: Economics, innovation, entrepreneurship
Jerry was a visiting scholar at UNTL in Timor-Leste (July-December 2016) to examine progress in implementing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Timor-Leste. He also assisted in research capacity building of staff at the UNTL research centre, Centro Nacional de Investigação Científica (CNIC). Jerry’s basic research is centred on the processes of innovation and their impact on investment, business cycles, sustainable development and the evolution of businesses in both developed and developing countries. This work informs applied research into innovation and entrepreneurial activity for regional and sustainable economic development.
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Nicole Cox: Geology, with specialisation in tectonic geomorphology
Nicole worked on marine terraces along the northern coast of Timor-Leste (called neotectonics of Timor-Leste) to assess rates and style of deformation, and have collaborated with governments and non-profit organisations (i.e. In Harm's Way) to assess various geologic hazards across the globe. Nicole is accompanying Dr. Carey on the Timor-Leste New Colombo Plan student excursion.

Dr. Anita Doraisami: Economics
Anita is an expert in macroeconomic performance and public finance issues. She was the Macroeconomic Adviser to the Ministry of Finance Timor-Leste, as part of a World Bank funded project on Public Finance Management Capacity Building Program in Timor-Leste. Since then, Anita has been researching on Timor-Leste’s Petroleum Fund and the economic implications of oil revenue public spending.

Rosey King: Nursing, midwifery
Rosey is currently undertaking PhD studies in Timor-Leste. The topic is ‘Contexts of maternity care in Timor-Leste’. The research is set in three municipalities of Timor-Leste: Dili, Viqueque and Ainaro. The research involves the conducted of focus groups and interviews with health care providers, medical and midwifery professionals, and stakeholders in health-related management, policy and teaching positions. The research aims to build a picture of various contexts in the country on the provision of maternity health services, and women’s expectations and experiences of maternity care services.

Jenny Mee: Nursing, midwifery, gender studies
Jenny is currently working on her PhD on the challenges for business managers of home care services in meeting regulatory quality requirements of state and national standards in Australia. She has been involved in past activities with Timor-Leste, notably a New Colombo Plan nursing midwifery student study excursion in July 2015.
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Other FedUni staff who support Timor-Leste initiatives: 
Professor, Dr Mary Cruickshank
– Head, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare
Dr Stuart Levy – Manager Higher Education Programs and Courses, Federation College
Colin Marshall – Director, Campus Life
Jeremie Van Delft – Director, Student Connect
Dr Robert Watson – Graduate Centre Program Coordinator, Research Services