Jason MacLeod

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"Jason MacLeod, PhD, is conducting research on the viability of nonviolent strategies and tactics to enlarge the prospects of the self-determination in West Papua. He teaches civil resistance at the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University if Queensland and in the master's course on nonviolent action at Sydney University. He taught community development at Monash University, the University of New England, and Christian Heritage College. He is author of several articles and book chapters on West Papua and nonviolent struggle.

"Jason MacLeod, PhD, is a lecturer in Community Development at the University of Queensland where he teaches into the interdisciplinary Masters of Development Practice. He previously taught at the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University Of Queensland, the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Sydney University, the University of New England, Christian Heritage College and was an honorary research fellow at Monash University. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia where he examined the viability of civil resistance strategies to enlarge the contours of self-determination and political freedom in the Indonesian occupied colony of West Papua.

"Jason is a former co-director and current training associate with the Change Agency, a not-for-profit organization based in Australia providing education, training and facilitation and research for individuals and organizations in the Asia Pacific region working for social and environmental justice. His research interests include civil resistance (specifically struggles for self-determination), conflict transformation, contentious politics, community development, community organizing, popular education and the politics of Indonesia, West Papua and the Pacific. He lives on Jaggera and Turrbal land in Brisbane." [1]

Jason Macleod "has been involved in activism since the late 1980s, living that awkward tension between raising hell (nonviolently of course!) and trying to be a nice guy. Jason’s key learnings as an activist have grown out of nonviolent direct action, community development practice, accompanying those at the pointy end of global oppression, gaol, university and all points in between – mostly in the Free East Timor, global justice, Free West Papua, and peace and anti-militarist movements, both in Australia and overseas. Jason’s professional background is in community development, social work, training and popular education, conflict transformation, peace building, and strategic nonviolent action." [1]

"Jason MacLeod is based at the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland, where he lectures in nonviolent political change and researches West Papuan resistance movements." [2]

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  1. Who we are, The Change Agency, accessed November 25, 2009.
  2. Al Jazeera Censors Film About Nonviolent Struggle in West Papua, truthout, accessed November 25, 2009.