‘Between Conflict, Marginalisation, and “Peace”: A Comparative Analysis of Experiences of Conflict, Perceptions of Peace, and Everyday Resistance to Social Positionality Among Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller Communities in Kosovo, Northern Ireland, and Iraq.’
Mary has a Master of Theology (Hons) degree from the University of St Andrews and, following her graduation, she spent a year working as a researcher for The Centre for Army Leadership and the London Institute of South Asia. She has been published by RUSI and RSIL, and has written regular opinion pieces for The News International and Geo News. Mary now has a monthly writing slot with the think tank, CSCR.
Islamisation, Islam, and the state
Religion and politics
Pakistani diaspora in the UK
Islamophobia and anti-Pakistani sentiment
India, Kashmir, soft power, defence, and security
2022: Mary Hunter, “Islamophobia and Anti-Pakistani Sentiment: European Origins, Developments and Preventative Strategies,” IPRI Journal, vol. XXII, no. 1 (2022): 44-69.
2021: Mary Hunter, “UK Foreign Aid Cuts and an Afghan Refugee Crisis,” RUSI, 6th August, 2021.
2021: Mary Hunter, “Aman-21 Naval Exercise: Evidence of Pakistan Turning the Tide on Terrorism,” RUSI, 4th May, 2021.
2020: Mary Hunter, “UK Foreign Aid Cuts and an Afghan Refugee Crisis,” RUSI, 6th August, 2021.
Selected Conference Participation
“The Pakistan Conference: 75 Years of Independence” at Harvard University’s Mittal Institute. Presented a paper entitled, “The Status of Ahmadis in Pakistan: Maulana Maududi’s Lingering and Complex Legacy.
‘How does Vladimir Putin’s rhetoric reflect on Russia’s foreign policy on conflicts in the Former Soviet Union (FSU)? A constructivist comparative discourse analysis of Ukraine, Chechnya, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia’
2022: ‘Making gestión in the Colombian Amazon: community leaders and grassroots experiences of statecraft’. Paper presented at the 17th EASA Biennial Conference: Transformations, Hope, and the Commons, 2022. Queen’s University Belfast (United Kingdom).
2020: ‘Gestión: Temporalities and Interfaces Between Kinship and Politics in the Colombian Amazon’. Paper presented at the virtual conference ‘Anthropology of State Performance, Kinship and Relatedness’, 2020. Riga Stradiņš University (Latvia).
Officers and leadership of the British army (specifically Scottish regiments in the early 20th century)
The impact of national identity and social status on Scottish regiments of the British army and their conduct during the early 20th century
2020: Ruadhán Scrivener-Anderson, ‘Living History and The Royal Highlanders’ in The Black Watch and The Great War: Rediscovered Histories from the Regimental Family, ed. by Fraser Brown and Derek Patrick, (Perth: Tippermuir, 2020).
‘Beyond War Crimes: The Imperial Japanese Army’s Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Division’
The role of ‘whiteness’ and the impact of colonial research frameworks in the study of ancient history.
2022: Mubarak, S. (2022). Review of SOLDIERS AND SILVER: MOBILIZING RESOURCES IN THE AGE OF ROMAN CONQUEST by Michael J. Taylor, 2020. Michigan War Studies Review
Selected Conference Participation
2023: Panel Co-organiser with Dr. Jeremy Armstrong: New Directions in Early Roman Warfare at the SCS/AIA Joint Annual Meeting 2023, 5–8 January 2023.
2023: ‘The Sieges of Veii and Rome: City Boundaries and Military Trauma’, paper at the SCS/AIA Joint Annual Meeting 2023, 5–8 January 2023.
2022: ‘The Plot Thickens: Repatriation and Burial of War-dead in the Mid-Republican Period’, Accepted paper at Dealing with the Dead Conference, 17–18 June 2022, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
2022: ‘Montani atque agrestes’? – New Contexts for the Samnites, paper presented at the School of Languages and Cultures/Classics Seminar Series, 21 August 2021, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ.
2021: ‘Classics and its ‘Whiteness’: Colonialism and Systemic Exclusion in the Discipline of Classics and Ancient History’, paper presented at the Classics and Ancient History Research Seminar Series, 1 June 2021, University of Auckland, NZ.
2020: ‘Benefits of Booty: Economic exchange through the Roman Triumph’, paper presented at Exchanging Ideas conference, 3-6 Feb. 2020, University of Auckland, NZ.
2020: ‘Investigating institutions: the role of the pomerium in power and organisation in the Roman Republic’, paper presented at ASCS, 28-31 Jan. 2020, University of Otago, NZ.
2019: ‘Communication in conquest: Facilitating boundary reassertion and negotiation in Roman Republican Triumphs’, paper presented at the Celtic Conference in Classics, 26 – 29 June 2019, University of Coimbra, Portugal.
2018: ‘Platforms and Plunder: the Roman Republican Triumph as a Vehicle for Negotiation’, paper presented at the Day of Papers in Ancient History, 25 Oct. 2018, University of Auckland, NZ.
2018: ‘Renegotiating the Road to Glory: an Alternative Approach to the Roman Republican Triumph’, paper presented at Money and the Military in Antiquity conference, 19 Oct. 2018, University of Auckland, NZ.
Benjamin considers himself an interdisciplinary action researcher, where his research, advocacy and creative activities occur at the intersection of education, ecology, and community engagement. They revolve around understanding and elucidating the relationship between people and nature in cities, seeking and sharing alternative narratives, and activating local resource networks.
Knowledge production and learning
Urban aesthetics, artscience, and design
Urban nature and environmental conservation
The intersection of nature and culture
2021: Ong, B. and Ong, G.X., 2021. Let nature do her thing: Reimagining ecosystem restoration in cities. New York: United Nations Development Programme.
2019: Ong, B., Goh, T.G., Tan, K.R., Nasaruddin, A. and Mohamad, Z.F., 2019. Citizen science prospects and pitfalls: A developing world reflection. Roots: Botanic Gardens Conservation International Education Review, 16(2) , pp.11-14.
2019: Ong, B., 2019. The Rimba Project: Translational research through student volunteer engagement. Roots: Botanic Gardens Conservation International Education Review, 16(1) , pp.15-18.
2018: Ong, B.J.M., Marican, N.F., Sugumaran, M. and Ting, V.C.C., 2018. The Rimba Project: Putting urban biodiversity conservation on the map. In: Sumiani Yusoff, ed. 2018. University of Malaya Living Labs: Transforming research into action (vol. 2). Kuala Lumpur: Sustainability Science Research Cluster. pp.21-34. (ISBN 978-967-488-004-0)
2018: Ong, B. and Adikan, F.R.M., 2018. Challenging land use paradigms in a university context. In: David Tan, ed. 2018. SCHEMA case studies. Kuala Lumpur: United Nations University International Institute of Global Health. pp.17-20.
2018: Sugumaran, M., Tan, D. and Ong, B., 2018. Holding onto a mission for conservation and education. In: David Tan, ed. 2018. SCHEMA case studies. Kuala Lumpur: United Nations University International Institute of Global Health. pp.13-16.
2015: Mohamad, Z.F., Nasaruddin, A., Abd Kadir, S.N., Musa, M.N., Ong, B. and Sakai, N., 2015. Community-based shared values as a Heart-ware driver for integrated watershed management: Japan-Malaysia policy learning perspective. Journal of Hydrology, 530, pp.317-327.
Selected Conference Participation
2019: ‘A place of abundance: Reclaiming the urban foodspace for all’, Forgotten & future foods. University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Kuala Lumpur, 2 March – 13 April.
2018: ‘It’s a jungle in here: Reimagining the role of botanic gardens in contemporary urban Malaysia’, Botanic Gardens Conservation International 10th international congress on education in botanic gardens. University of Warsaw, 9-14 September.
2018: ‘The backyard before you: Rediscovering nature in our neighbourhoods’, World Urban Forum 9. Kuala Lumpur, 7-13 February.
2018: ‘‘Reservism’ vs. rewilding: Redeeming contested urban environments in Malaysia and Southeast Asia’, ASLE-ASEAN workshop: ecologies in Southeast Asian literature: histories, myths and societies. VNU University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi, 26-27 January.
2017: ‘Fixing nature: Rewilding and the emerging face of urban conservation’, Seeds of knowledge: postgraduate research conference. University of Worcester, United Kingdom, 29 June.
‘Mediating Polarization: Dialoguing with the Enemy and its Theological Foundations’