Dr Joshua Bird

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Dr Joshua Bird is a STARTTS Training Officer and has over fifteen years’ experience working in international development, human rights and academia—with a particular focus on ethnic minorities and vulnerable groups in the Asia-Pacific. He has worked in this capacity across Asia – including China, Vietnam and Thailand.

He is a qualified lawyer, with degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Master of Asia-Pacific Studies from the Australian National University. In 2016 he became the first graduate from the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre PhD program. His first book ‘Economic Development in China’s Northwest: Entrepreneurship and Identity Along China’s Multi-ethnic Borderland’ was published by Routledge in 2017.

His past roles include positions with the University of Sydney, AusAID, the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, the Fred Hollows Foundation and ChildFund Australia.