Dahlia Simangan was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research.
Her research project examines local involvement in rebuilding post-conflict societies. Her case studies are the UN transitional administrations in Cambodia, Kosovo, and Timor-Leste in the areas of security, justice and reconciliation, and development.
Dahlia holds a Ph.D. in International, Political, and Strategic Studies from the Australian National University (2017), an M.A. in International Relations from the International University of Japan (2010), and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of the Philippines, Diliman (2006). She was the recipient of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Dissertation Award (2015), the Australian National University research scholarship (2012-2016), and the Matsushita International Foundation scholarship (2008-2010). She was also a visiting scholar at the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) in Columbia University in 2015.
Dahlia is the co-founder of Peace Perspectives, a Nepal-based peace research and community outreach organization.