Research Fellow, Borneo Institute for Indigenous Studies & Senior Lecturer, International Relations Programme, Faculty of Social Science & Humanities (FSSH), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
Dr. Ayesah Uy Abubakar is a Research Fellow at Borneo Institute for Indigenous Studies, as well as a Senior Lecturer for International Relations Programme (Faculty of Social Science & Humanities) at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). Dr. Ayesah teaches human rights, international humanitarian law, and peace and development among many others. In 2019, she published a book on Peacebuilding and Sustainable Human Development: The Pursuit of the Bangsamoro Right to Self Determination (Springer and UMS Press) and co-authored a chapter on “Mindanao” in a book called, Comparing Peace Process, edited by McGinty & Ozerdem (Routledge).
Dr. Ayesah is a recipient of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Presidential Award for her work on peacebuilding in Southeast Asia in 2014. She is among the three architects of a track 1.5 peacebuilding program called Consolidation for Peace for Southern Thailand, Aceh and Mindanao. The COP is a program by the Research & Education for Peace, Universiti Sains Malaysia (REPUSM), Southeast Asian Conflict Studies Network (SEACSN) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) during the period of 2006-2014. Since 2018, Dr. Ayesah represents Malaysia at the ASEAN Women Peace Registry (AWPR) – a pool of practitioners in conflict resolution and peacebuilding organised by the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR).
In terms of research, apart from conflict and peace studies related research, Dr. Ayesah has conducted research on child rights, unaccompanied and separated children and undocumented persons in Malaysia. She is also active in the Southeast Asian Human Rights Network (SEAHRN) and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict in Southeast Asia (GPPAC-SEA) in which she joins in human rights and peace related research, trainings and advocacy programs.
Dr. Ayesah completed her PhD in Social Sciences (Development Studies) at Universiti Sains Malaysia (2013). She obtained a Master in Development Management at the Asian Institute of Management (2002) and a Certificate in Inter-cultural Management-American Focused Management from the Japan America Institute of Management Science (1999). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film and Audio-Visual Communication from the College of Mass Communication at the University of the Philippines in Diliman (1995).
Currently, Dr. Ayesah is a member of – among others – Southeast Asian Human Rights Network (SEAHRN), Southeast Asian Conflict Studies Network (SEACSN), and as Gender Focal Person for Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) Southeast Asia.
Education and Research; Capacity Building; Networking and Liaison.