After receiving his MA degree, he was offered a Ph.D. grant from the Austrian Academy of Sciences. With a regional focus on Indonesia and a thematic interest in peace and conflict studies, he dedicated years of research to religious conflict dimensions in West Papua. During his extensive field trips, he explored some of the remotest places in West Papua on foot, suffered malaria three times, collected vast amounts of ethnographic data, and wrote his well-received thesis.
Following a post-doc invitation from Macquarie University in Australia, he relocated to Sydney. Fascinated by Australia, he decided to stay and extend his academic activities into the creative fields of photography, marketing and digital storytelling.
Chris feels compassion for our planet, the animal kingdom, humanity, different ethnic groups, cultures, beliefs, world views and opinions. He believes that there are as many realities and truths as there are people, and none of them is absolute or should be forced upon others.