Dr Sinclair Dinnen joined SSGM in 1996 as a postdoctoral fellow. He has a background in socio-legal studies and completed his PhD at the Australian National University 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). Sinclair has also been a law lecturer at the University of Papua New Guinea (1984-1988) and at the University of Canberra (1989-1990).
He has longstanding research interests in the areas of regulatory pluralism, comparative criminology, justice reform, policing, conflict, peacebuilding, and post-colonial state formation and nationbuilding. These include the contested and syncretic character of authority, regulation and peacebuilding in Melanesia and its implications for institutional development and state formation. He also has an ongoing interest in the changing discourse and practice of international development and, in particular, the security-development nexus. Sinclair has published in a range of journals including Oceania, Contemporary Pacific, Third World Quarterly, Policing & Society, and Conflict, Security & Development, as well as chapters in edited collections, and has also co-edited several books including, most recently, (with Vicki Luker) Civic Insecurity: Law, Order and HIV in Papua New Guinea (ANU E Press, 2010). He has undertaken policy work for international donors and non-government organisations including AusAID, NZAID, World Bank, UNICEF, Asia Foundation and ODI.
In 2016 several SSGM scholars commenced work on a major research project exploring the legacy of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) for Pacific policing.