Anne works in the field of peace and conflict studies and critical international studies. Her work has a strong focus on research and practice in the areas of dialogue processes, cross-cultural interchange and building political community, particularly across historically difficult boundaries and around issues of violence. This work engages questions of what social inclusion and participation, security and justice, human rights, peace and conflict transformation might mean in different cultural contexts, how they can be addressed across significant cultural and other boundaries, and how they might be configured in different social institutional arrangements.
Anne has been engaged in key debates around peacebuilding and state formation in both theoretical and policy-related arenas. Pursuing these commitments, Anne led the Australian involvement in the Vanuatu Kastom Governance Partnership with the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs (Vanuatu) and AusAID from 2005 to 2012. She has also led funded research and research/practice projects within Timor-Leste, the Solomon Islands and West Africa. She has worked as an Australian diplomat and in conflict prevention and peace-building projects in Asia and the Pacific Island region.
Working with the University of Pretoria (S.A.) and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Anne co-led and taught diplomacy, conflict resolution and international studies to African diplomats from many countries across Africa in programmes supported by DFAT. She is a director of PaCSIA, an NGO working on conflict resolution and dialogue processes, cross-cultural and settler-Indigenous relations in Australia and abroad. Along with Associate Professor Mary Graham, Dr Morgan Brigg and others, she is a member of an independent Indigenous Political Studies Working Group.