Sinclair is an associate professor at DPA. He has a background in socio-legal studies and criminology, and completed his PhD at the Australian National University in 1996. His doctoral research investigated gang crime and other forms of communal conflict in PNG and was undertaken while working at the National Research Institute in Port Moresby. Sinclair also previously lectured in law at the University of Papua New Guinea. He has longstanding research interests in the areas of legal pluralism, policing and justice reform, conflict and peacebuilding, and ongoing processes of state and nation-building in the postcolonial Pacific.
Sinclair is a chief investigator on 2 ARC Discovery projects. One (with Professor Miranda Forsyth) looking at Community Rule-Making in the Pacific Islands as Regulatory Innovation. Another (with Dr Judy Putt) on Improving responses to sexual violence against children in Papua New Guinea.
A new report from researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) highlights the vital role private security plays in ensuring public security across Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Sexual violence against children is a widespread social problem in Papua New Guinea, where capacity to respond to reported incidents is limited and only a minority of cases are reported to police.
Development Bulletin 80 – December 2018 is out, and available online.
Hybridity on the Ground in Peacebuilding and Development - Book launched by Professor Michael Wesley
Professor Michael Wesley, Dean of the College of Asia & the Pacific, has officially launched Hybridity on the Ground in Peacebuilding and Development, a book co-authored by Sinclair Dinnen, Mir
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.