Dr Tania Miletic is an experienced peace and conflict studies academic and practitioner with a longstanding commitment to violence prevention and cultural and structural peacebuilding in Australia and across the Asia Pacific region. She is committed to working collaboratively to influence positive change through research, policy and practice in conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
Tania has been engaged as s a peace consultant and facilitator to a range of university, government and non-government organisations and stakeholders in the areas of peacebuilding, political affairs and community engagement. Tania has worked in support of peacebuilders across a range of contexts and settings in her local Australian context, South East Asia and China.
Tania is the Assistant Director of the University of Melbourne's Initiative for Peacebuilding. She enjoys facilitating adult peace education programs and has been teaching on graduate courses at Universities in China, Cambodia and Victoria for over a decade.
Tania’s recent research has focused on the role of conflict prevention peacebuilding in Australian foreign policy with the University of Melbourne; and policy work to promote the interests of multicultural voices in Victoria with ECCV. Tania is Faculty on the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies’ (CPCS) Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (ACTS) PhD program, a unique hybrid academic-practitioner program throughout Asia. She has worked for a range of trauma-informed and culturally responsive programs aimed to improve the quality and access of mental health and wellbeing services. Tania loves to cook and spends her most productive hours in the kitchen and believes in the power of sharing food and stories to nourish, build understanding and connection.
Read more about the background to the project on the Blog.
"My late mother was from a small village in Campania, Italy, A truly wonderful cook known as 'mamma' - she nourished many through food and was always welcoming to our table. My late father was from Croatia and the conflict in the 1990's led me towards a lifelong commitment to peacebuilding. My work has taken me to conflict contexts where I have had the good fortune to come to know, as colleagues and friends, extraordinary people working for peace. Here I combine my passions. Sharing food is the most elemental way that we affirm life. I started collecting stories and recipes from peacebuilders believing these stories are not just interesting, but can inspire hope and agency." Tania
Helen Bishop is a Co-Director, as well as Host and Facilitator for our Children's Week events, co-hosted by Alternatives to Violence Victoria and with funding from the Jan de Voogd Trust.
Sophia is our Peace-Meal Host and Facilitator for the upcoming Peace-Meal Myanmar event co-hosted by Alternatives to Violence Victoria and with funding from the Jan de Voogd Trust.
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