Sophie Saydan

PhD candidate


Master of International Relations (with Distinction), Master of Transnational Crime Prevention (Wollongong)

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Sophie Saydan

Sophie Saydan has Masters Degrees in International Relations (with Distinction) and in Transnational Crime Prevention, both from the University of Wollongong. She has been with the ANU since 2011 when she was first employed as a Research Assistant for the Department of International Relations’ Transnational Environmental Crime (TEC) project. Sophie has also worked as a senior tutor in the Department, and as a researcher with the ANU Australian Intervention and Support Hub (AISH) which examines anti-social and violent behaviour and the interventions aimed at countering it. Sophie is also currently a Teaching Fellow for the ANU’s Military and Defence Studies Program delivered at the Australian War College in Canberra. Prior to joining the ANU, she worked as a paralegal in the ACT Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Sophie’s PhD thesis focuses on non-state armed groups that use political violence and terrorism and their process to legitimation. Her main research interests include political violence and terrorism, non-state armed actors, conflict, transnational crime, and global governance.

Sophie was a keynote speaker on a panel discussion on ‘Security and Defence: Current Challenges in National Security: Radicalisation and Solidarity’ that was held as part of the Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue at Parliament House, Canberra, 10 May 2016.

Thesis topic

From Outlaws to In-Laws: The Engagement of Non-State Armed Groups with Intergovernmental Organisations in the Quest for Political Legitimacy


Transnational Environmental Crime Project (TEC)

The Transnational Environmental Crime (TEC) project investigates emerging trends in transnational environmental crime and examines the conditions for successful regulatory and enforcement responses.

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