Bina D'Costa

Dr Bina D'Costa

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Bina D'Costa

Bina D’Costa focuses on human rights, justice and security issues in South Asia. At the ANU she was previously a Fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Justice at RegNet (2008-10) and Convener of the Bachelor Program in Security Analysis with the Faculty of Asian Studies - later School of Culture, History & Language - (2006-11). She has held visiting fellowships at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva (2012-14); the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University (2011-12) and the Global Justice Center, New York (2008).

Bina has contributed to various projects in Bangladesh, Burma/Myanmar, India, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Thailand; and worked as a policy analyst for the Vanderbilt University, UNRISD (United Nations Research in Social Development), UNDP (United Nations Development Program), OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights), DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australia) and DfID (Department for International Development - UK). She serves on the editorial board of the International Journal for Transitional Justice and is an associate editor for the International Journal of Feminist Politics. Bina is also on the UNDP Gender, Crisis Prevention and Recovery expert panel and an Advisory Council member of its newly formed International Center for Gender, Peace and Security.

Bina’s research interests include human rights and impunity (in particular enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and sexual torture); war crimes, genocide and struggles for justice; human rights activism and indigenous politics (in the Chittagong Hill Tracts); human security, refugees and borders; identity politics and conflicts (in particular sexual crimes and reproductive crimes in conflicts; children and conflict; refugees and conflict).

Bina has taken up a two-year position at UNICEF as Head of Research on Children and Migration, based in Florence. She will return to the Department in December 2018.

Listen to Bina talking about her interest in peace, conflict and human rights issues.


Bina teaches the graduate courses Humanitarianism in World Politics INTR8062 (Semester 1, 2019), and States, Globalisation and the Movement of Peoples INTR8050 (Semester 1, 2019)

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