Charles has a background in political science with specialisation in international relations and critical security studies. His research focuses on peace operations, security and justice in conflict-affected societies, and monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding programming. He was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship in 2015, an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow (DECRA) in 2016, and the RMIT Award for Research Excellence (Early Career Research – Enterprise) in 2017.
He has been an Associate Investigator with the Australian Research Council’s Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security since 2009. Charles has also worked closely with the Australian government over a number of years assessing their role in peace operations and has served as a Principal Advisor on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Fragility and Conflict panel. Charles has worked extensively in Africa conducting field research in a number of locations (e.g. Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe) and performed consultancy roles with the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, the UN and a number of international humanitarian non-government organisations (NGO). He is an Honorary Fellow at the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect where he was the leader for the protection of civilians program from 2009 to 2015. His previous work for international organisations, think tanks, civil society organisations, NGOs and academic institutions in Africa, Asia and the Pacific has provided him with a global perspective on issues of peace, security and justice.