My interest is in the places where people of different countries and cultures meet – as travellers, students and teachers, businesspeople and workers, activists and diplomats. In our fractious but connected contemporary world, what hopes and aspirations make people choose to engage different societies? How do they approach the task, and with what results? What is gained, in ideas, perspectives, networks, money, goods and experiences – what misunderstandings, conflicts, inequities, obstacles and disappointments cloud the process?
I am an Australian currently based in Southeast Asia. My writing has appeared in Longreads, Griffith Review, Inside Story, Australian Book Review, Guardian (Australia) and The Jakarta Post. I also have an academic book published about Australian-Asian diplomacy during post-war decolonization, based on an Australian National University PhD in History.