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Pyone Myat Thu

Ms, BSc W.Aust., GradDipEd Curtin, PhD ANU

  • The University of Western Australia (M004), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 15 Citations
  • 2 h-Index

Research output per year

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Personal profile


I am particularly interested in examining the geographies of land relations, rural livelihoods, forced displacement, and development within post-conflict settings in the Asia Pacific region.

Previous positions

Research Associate (November 2014 - December 2015)
Australian Research Council funded project "Family Influences on Child Survival and Growth in Rural East Timor" [Chief Investigator: Associate Professor Debra Judge]
Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology
The University of Western Australia

Research Fellow (April 2012 - September 2014)
State, Society and Melanesian Program
College of Asia and Pacific
The Australian National University

Current projects

I am leading the socio-economic baseline survey on a multi-disciplinary action research project Agricultural Innovations for Communities in Timor-Leste funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

Teaching overview

GEOG3306: Regional Development and Planning
GEOG5003: Mining and Development


Timor-Leste Ethnography; Rural Livelihoods; Land Access; Forced Displacement; Migration; Rural Development


English; Tetum (Timor-Leste)

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Research Output

  • 15 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 5 Chapter
  • 5 Article
  • 1 Other output

Gendered access to customary land in East Timor

Thu, P., Scott, S. & Van Niel, K., 2017, Women and the politics of gender in post-conflict Timor-Leste: Between heaven and earth. Niner, S. (ed.). Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Gender in the Boardroom: Profiling WA's ASX 100 Company Directors

Thu, P., 2017, FactBase Bulletin.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Household agricultural activities and child growth: evidence from rural Timor-Leste

Thu, P. M. & Judge, D. S., May 2017, In : Geographical Research. 55, 2, p. 144-155 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)
446 Downloads (Pure)

Rocks don’t recognise Malae! doing ethnographic research on land conflict in rural Timor-Leste

Thu, P., 2017, Fieldwork in Timor-Leste: Understanding social change through practice. Nygaard-Christensen, M. & Bexley, A. (eds.). Copenhagen: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Press, p. 169-190 (Studies in Asian Topics; vol. 59).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Access to Land and Livelihoods in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste

Thu, P., 17 Mar 2016, Migration, Land and Livelihoods: Creating Alterative Modernities in the Pacific. Curry, G., Koczberski, G. & Connell, J. (eds.). London and New York: Taylor & Francis, p. 83-100

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

  • Projects