Professor of Anthropology, Deakin University
Jon is a research professor at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Melbourne and an emeritus professor at the Australian National University in Canberra located at the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) in the College of Asia and the Pacific. His academic background is in economics and anthropology and he was the Foundation Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at ANU from 1990 to 2010 and a research professor there 2010 to 2014. Jon’s research currently focuses on four broad areas: Alternative development for difference: the Indigenous hybrid and domestic moral economies; the links between poverty alleviation and natural and cultural resource management on Indigenous lands; the Northern Territory Emergency Response Intervention and its aftermath; and Indigenous policy formulation and reform especially in the areas of social and economic development. His theoretical interests are in political economy and political ecology and alternatives to embedded neoliberalism.
Andrea is a proud geographer and an environmental policy and governance specialist. She has over 15 years’ experience working in research, policy analysis and advocacy roles to promote and support sustainable and inclusive development, with in-country experience in Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Malaysia. She is currently working as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Human Security and Social Change at La Trobe University, managing the University’s support to the Papua New Guinea Governance Program – a partnership between the governments of PNG and Australia.
Dr Samantha Balaton-Chrimes
Lecturer in International Studies, Deakin University
Samantha Balaton-Chrimes is concerned with enduring political questions about how difference is negotiated in contexts of power asymmetries. Her work is interdisciplinary in nature, engaging political theory, anthropology and development studies. Her most recent research focuses on international development and global north/south relationships as they play out ‘on the ground’, particularly through practices of participation, consultation, consent-giving and complaint-making as tools for the management of disagreement over development.
M. Anne Brown is a Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Global Research and teaches in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Melbourne. Research and practice interests focus on the emergence of political community across division, peace-building and state formation in heterogeneous states, social dialogue processes, social resilience and the interface of practice and theory. She led the University of Queensland arm of the Vanuatu Kastom Governance Partnership, working with the Vanuatu Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs from 2005-20012. Anne is a director of PaCSIA, an NGO working on dialogue processes in Australia and the broader region. She is the author of Human Rights and the Borders of Suffering: The Promotion of Human Rights in International Politics, MUP, as well as numerous articles and chapters, and the editor of Security and Development in the Pacific Islands: Social Resilience in Emerging States, Lynne Rienner.
Tait is a Research Fellow with La Trobe University’s Institute for Human Security and Social Change, where she has been employed since 2015 as part of the Developmental Leadership Program research partnership. Her research interests as part of this role include: women’s leadership, coalitions and collective action, and digital activism in the Pacific region.
In addition, Tait is in the final stages of completing her PhD in International Development through the University of Adelaide, exploring the intersection of communication for development and gender in Vanuatu and Fiji. In addition, Tait course coordinates the University of Adelaide’s final year development course – aid policy and administration.
Tim Budge has over 25 years of international development experience, including research, consulting, evaluation, senior management and governance roles. His PhD involved participatory research on change processes in informal settlements in Southern Africa. He seeks to apply critical learnings – particularly about the preferencing of Western power and ontologies in development approaches – to his practical involvement in the sector, including as a Board member and consultant.
Souvik is a PhD candidate at Monash University. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Jadavpur University, India, Souvik was selected as an esteemed Young India Fellow (2012-13) to continue his Postgraduate Diploma in Liberal Arts. Souvik completed his Master’s in Democratic Governance and Civil Society from the University of Osnabrück, Germany as a DAAD Public Policy and Good Governance Scholar.
Souvik’s doctoral research will provide an in-depth analysis of specific social movements in India. His research will also address new insights in the context of social movements in India and the tenacious issues of injustice and inequality. Souvik’s research interests highlight environmental governance, human rights, social rights and regional politics of South Asia.
Moeen Cheema is a Senior Lecturer at the ANU College of Law, and the Convenor of the LLM program in Law, Governance and Development. Moeen has considerable experience of research, teaching and consultancy in the fields of comparative public law, criminal law, and legal and political developments in South Asia.
Moeen’s research is interdisciplinary and draws on critical approaches to law. He is especially interested in constitutional politics and judicial review; criminal justice systems; intersection of state and Islamic law; and post-disaster recovery and reconstruction.
Joseph lectures in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics at Monash University and is board member, International Geography Union (IGU) Commission on Tourism and Leisure and Global Change and Steering Committee Member Critical Tourism Studies Asia Pacific. His research draws from trans disciplinary perspectives, especially human/economic geography, cultural anthropology and political economy. As a former practitioner and practicing consultant and analyst, he is focused on research to practice with an emphasis on resilience building, sustainability and social justice in tourism, especially in the Asia Pacific. He recently published ‘Tourism Resilience and Adaptation to Environmental Change’ and ‘Tourism Resilience and Sustainability: Adapting to Social, Political and Economic Change’ (both 2018 with Alan Lew) (Routledge). Joseph’s work has also been published in The Conversation, ABC Australia and the World Economic Forum, among other outlets. Current projects include Tourism and Placemaking and Cultural Ecosystems Services in Tourism Geographies, and Overtourism and Tourismphobia in Tourism Planning & Development as well as two books ‘Overtourism: Excesses Discontents and Measures in Travel and Tourism’ (w/ Claudio Milano & Marina Novelli) and ‘Modern Day Slavery and Orphanage Tourism’ (w/ Leigh Mathews) – both published by CAB International in 2019.
John Cox is an anthropologist working as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Human Security and Social Change at La Trobe University. He has twenty years of experience working in the Pacific Islands, including Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Fiji. His prize-winning PhD investigated developmental projects of nation-making and financial fraud in Papua New Guinea. His current research focuses on the emerging middle class within the Pacific region, particularly the links between Christian moral values, economic aspirations and politics.
Aidan Craney is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Honorary Research Fellow in the Institute for Human Security and Social Change (IHSSC) at La Trobe University. His doctoral research is focused on issues of youth livelihoods, agency and participation in Fiji and Solomon Islands. This research topic was inspired by Aidan’s experiences working in youth-focused programming within the local office of an international NGO in Fiji. Aidan’s research with IHSSC incorporates themes of developmental leadership and locally-owned programming, particularly through his involvement as an action researcher with the Pacific-based Green Growth Leaders’ Coalition.
Dr Alexander Cullen
Alexander Cullen is a Lecturer at the School of Geography, University of Melbourne. He is a human geographer that primarily examines issues of livelihood transitions, territoriality and environmental subjectivity through a political ecology lens. His research has been attentive to state – community tensions in relation to land rights and post-conflict conservation governance across Southeast Asia, but with particular interest in Timor-Leste. Also of concern are post-colonial and critical GIS applications in indigenous landscapes.
Ben Debney is a PhD candidate in International Relations at Deakin University, having previously completed an MA in History at the University of Melbourne. His research theorises a model of panic-driven scapegoating and crisis leveraging, comparing historical episodes of moral panic (witch, communist, terrorist) through shared deviance-amplifying and blame-shifting properties. Having examined the historical role of the European Witch Hunts in propagating a nature/society binary as the foundation for scapegoating of subject classes and orientalist others for the crimes against humanity necessary to the establishment of global capitalism, his post-doctoral research interests include the continuing role of this nature/society binary in enabling the construction of new scapegoating narratives necessary to sustain extractivism, resource imperialism and neoliberalism generally.
Julia Dehm is a Lecturer at the La Trobe University School of Law. She was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas at Austin and a fellow at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School. Her research critically examines international climate regulation, the governance of natural resources, environmental law as well as human rights and she has published widely on these themes. She is the Managing Editor of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment and holds a BA, LLB(Hons) and PhD from the University of Melbourne.
Susan is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at the University the Wollongong. She teaches and researches in the areas of development, international politics and political economy and Southeast Asian politics. She has written on book on the Word Bank in Southeast Asia and over 20 journal articles and chapters. She is currently researching multilateral development finance, development cooperation between the nations of the Global South, emotions in development, sanitation, and teaching and learning in international studies. Susan worked in the government, community, and aid sectors before becoming an academic. She was a Board Member of indigo foundation, a not-for-profit community development NGO, from 2002-18 and continues to volunteer with them.
Erin Fitz-Henry is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Melbourne. A Latin Americanist by training, she is primarily concerned with the politics and poetics of transnational social movement building, with a particular emphasis on movements for environmental justice. Her most recent research focuses on the rights of nature in Ecuador, the United States, and New Zealand.
Dr Bina Fernandez is Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on gender, migration and social policy. Research awards include an Australian Research Council award (2015-2017) and a British Academy Small Grant in 2010. She is the author of Transformative Policy for Poor Women: a new Feminist Framework (Ashgate, 2012), and the co-editor of Land, Labour and Livelihoods: Indian Women’s Perspectives (Springer 2016) and Migrant Domestic Workers in the Middle East: the Home and the World (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014).
PhD candidate, the University of Melbourne
Gashahun Fura PhD candidate at the Melbourne Law School. He holds L.L.M (cum laude) in International Trade and Investment Law from the University of the Western Cape and University of Amsterdam, MA in International Development from Tsinghua University, and LL.B from Addis Ababa University. His areas of research interests include International Economic Law, Law and Development; and Human Rights Law. His PhD research examines the role of (international) law in the rising large-scale land acquisitions in sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, he was a lecturer in law at Jimma University, Ethiopia, where he also served in various administrative posts including as Dean of College of Social Sciences and Law.
Emily Graham is a PhD candidate in development anthropology at Swinburne University. Her research focuses on an indigenous fishing community in eastern Sri Lanka, exploring the multiple and intersecting nature of hardships including war, natural disaster and ongoing poverty. She is interested in the way development projects and disaster relief are interpreted as part of everyday life, and as part of the narrative of life stories.
Dr Tanya Jakimow is a senior lecturer and convener of the Undergraduate Development Studies Stream at UNSW Sydney. Tanya’s current research funded by an ARC DECRA (2013-17) reveals the micro-politics of development through the experiences of volunteers in a state-led community driven development program in Medan, Indonesia, and those of women municipal councillors in Dehradun, India. Tanya’s latest book Decentring Development: Understanding change in agrarian societies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) examines livelihoods and agrarian change in Telangana, India and Central Lombok, Indonesia. She has previously published research on small local NGOs and other aspects of the development sector, including her first book, Peddlers of Information: Indian NGOs in the Information Age (Kumarian Press, 2012). Tanya also has an interest in developing critical pedagogies for students undertaking studies in, or about, the Global South.
Max is a senior lecturer in International and Community Development at Deakin University (Warrnambool). Her background is agricultural science and human geography. Her research explores food and food systems, with an emphasis on food and landscape sovereignty, the role of animals in a human development context, as well as a broader focus on political economy of development, and the complexities of research in an international development context. She is co-editor of ‘Women Researching in Africa: the impact of gender’ (Palgrave, 2018), and Co-author of Foreign Aid in the Age of Populism: Political Economy Analysis from Washington to Beijing (Forthcoming 2019, Routledge).
Christina Kenny works on human rights and development with a focus on critical colonial histories, gendered citizenship, and gender and sexuality rights. She has submitted her doctoral thesis at the ANU, ‘”They would rather have the women who are humbled” – gendered citizenship and embodied rights in post-colonial Kenya’. Grounded in 13 months field work and using Kenyan women’s gender and citizenship rights as a focal point, her thesis argues that international human rights discourses creates particular kinds of rights bearing subjects, and often compels these subjects to inhabit their new, human rights based identities in limiting and problematic ways. Her post-doctoral research interests include examining the impacts of transnational rights campaigns on local queer identities, particularly in Kenya and South Africa.
Dolly Kikon is a social anthropologist. She teaches Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Melbourne (Australia). Her monographs include Life and Dignity: Women’s Testimonies of Sexual Violence in Dimapur (2015) and Experiences of Naga Women in Armed Conflict: Narratives from a Militarized Society (2004). Her articles have appeared in Economic and Political Weekly, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Open Democracy, Seminar, and Himal South Asia. She has contributed chapters in edited book series published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Routledge, Zubaan/Chicago University Press, and University of Vienna Press.
Elise Klein is a Lecturer of Development Studies, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia.
Her research interests include the rise of therapeutic culture in development interventions, women’s agency, neoliberal subjectivities, economic rights and settler colonialism. Dr Klein held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Aboriginal Policy Research at the Australian National University examining conditionality in Indigenous policy and a Dphil from the University of Oxford. She currently leads a research project examining income management and behaviouralisation of Indigenous policy in Australia. Dr Klein works with Dr China Mills on a research project examining therapeutic culture and the digital revolution funded by the British Council’s International Challenges Fund. Dr Klein is a contributor to the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Her new book is Developing Minds: Neoliberalism, Psychology and Power (Routledge, 2016).
Uma Kothari is Professor of Migration and Postcolonial Studies and former Director of the Global Development Institute, at the University of Manchester, UK. She is also the founder and co-convenor of the Manchester Migration Lab and is currently Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include transnational migration, refugees and diasporas and critical analyses of histories and discourses of global development and humanitarianism. Her research is characterised by critical, theoretical engagement and ethnographic work as well as long-term collaborative and cross-disciplinary partnerships with institutions and colleagues in the UK and overseas. Her research has involved a number of funded projects, most recently an Australian Research Council project on International Volunteering and Cosmopolitanism and a Norwegian Research Council project on Perceptions of Climate Change and Migration. Her current research is on Visual Solidarity and Everyday Humanitarianism and Refugee Perceptions of Home and Welcome. She has published numerous articles and her books include Participation: the new tyranny?, Development Theory and Practice: critical perspectives, and A Radical History of Development Studies.
Lecturer in Law, Governance and Development, Australian National University
Rebecca is currently a Lecturer and convenor of the Law, Governance and Development program in the ANU College of Law, Australian National University. Her work is transdisciplinary, drawing on primarily on law, geography and anthropology to explore questions of social differentiation and social inequality. She has a particular focus on the southwest Pacific, and has conducted fieldwork in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. Rebecca draws heavily on critical, postcolonial and feminist theories, and these inform both her scholarly activities and consulting work for a variety of donors, NGOs and government agencies.
Professor of International Law, the University of Melbourne
Sundhya Pahuja is Professor of International Law and Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at the University of Melbourne. She is a Professorial Research Fellow at SOAS, Visiting Professor at Birkbeck, and has recently been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Harvard, and a Fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies.
Sundhya’s research centres on the history and political economy of international law and institutions, particularly in the context of the relationship between North and South. Her publications include Decolonising International Law: Development, Economic Growth and the Politics of Universality (CUP, 2011), winner of the American Society of International Law Prize (2012), and the Woodward Medal (2014). Sundhya has also co-edited the collections, Events: The Force of International Law (2011, with Johns and Joyce), Reading Modern Law: Critical Methodologies and Sovereign Formations (2012, with Buchanan and Motha), and Law’s Foundation and the Question of Authority (2003, with Beard).
Kavindra Paranage is a PhD Candidate in Human Geography at Monash University. He has obtained honors degrees both in Sociology and in Law, and has also served as a lecturer at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Kavindra’s doctoral thesis engages with a broad range of theoretical and ethnographic issues related to development practices in irrigated-agriculture and hegemonic discourses in water governance. Empirically, his research focuses on Sri Lanka.
Maree is an anthropologist who specialises in gender, culture and global change. She teaches international and community development at Deakin University. She has a critical research focus on gender and sexuality across cultures. Recent projects focus on emotion, affect and images in rights based gender campaigns and racism, feminism and rights. She has published on women’s rights and transnational feminism, sexual violence in conflict and legal approaches to forced marriage.
Robi Rado is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Fellow at Melbourne Law School. His current research interests are in the areas of law and development, international law and political economy (especially in relation to the global South), international trade law and international migration law. In his doctoral thesis, Robi is seeking to develop a better understanding of the international legal regimes that govern Indians’ international labour mobility, and of the relationship between those regimes and the development project.
Kearrin has three primary research interests. First, he interrogates the ways in which Chinese development cooperation is changing lives in Mainland Southeast Asia. Second, he examines the politics of urban development and design within the Global South. Third, he is exploring new ways of thinking about development studies pedagogy. Kearrin’s approach to academia is centered on finding creative and collaborative mechanisms for bringing together teaching, research and community engagement activities.
Will Smith is an Associate Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University. Working at the intersection of anthropology and human geography, his ethnographic work has explored experiences of forest governance and climate change among indigenous households in the Philippines. His ongoing research interests broadly focus around human-forest interfaces, the social dimensions of agricultural production, the politics of indigenous knowledge and critical approaches to disaster management in both Australia and upland Southeast Asia.
Rochelle is a founding co-Director of the Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability and Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at Murdoch University. She is interested in the relationship between anthropology and development, particularly how development practices shape and influence social and cultural behaviours. Over the past two decades she has worked and researched with a number of NGOs including British Red Cross, Australian Red Cross, Oxfam Australia, Global Exchange, Catholic Relief Services Southern Africa and Nuwul Environmental Services – an Indigenous social enterprise in northeast Arnhem Land, Australia.
Dr Julie Rudner explores interactions between policy, place and people, with a particular focus on how children, young people and people from different ethno-cultural and religious backgrounds use, view and experience their environments. Her main interest is in how we create a ‘public knowing’ of risk, safety and belonging that encourages or limits people’s freedom to use public space confidently. She supports active citizenship through community participation in planning.
Raul Sanchez Urribarri (PhD, LLM) is a Lecturer in Legal Studies at the Department of Social Inquiry, La Trobe University (Melbourne). His research focuses on democracy, rule of law and comparative judicial studies, with an emphasis on Latin America. He has a strong interest in how informal relations condition political behaviour and the performance of judicial institutions. He has published in well-regarded academic journals, edited volumes and other outlets. Dr Sanchez Urribarri has taught Law and Development, Policing, Research Methods, and other subjects in Legal Studies, Politics, and Latin American Studies at La Trobe and previously at Tulane University.
Kim worked for 13 years as a research manager for development and humanitarian projects in Africa, returning to lecture in development studies and policy studies at the University of New South Wales. She is particularly interested in the role of situated knowledge and practice as well as the interplay of vulnerability and resilience in humanitarian emergencies and disaster risk reduction. Her research takes a critical approach to understanding humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters focusing on evidence use in decision-making; the effectiveness of community-based disaster risk management; the impact of urbanisation on vulnerability and the role of Indigenous Peoples’ Ecological Knowledge.
Victoria Stead is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University. She is an anthropologist with a focus on the Pacific, particularly Papua New Guinea, and also regional Australia. Her research explores processes of change related to land, labour, memory, and belonging. A key concern across her work is with the effects and local negotiations of postcolonial legacies, including as these are articulated through practices and imaginaries of development. Victoria is the author of Becoming Landowners: Entanglements of Custom and Modernity in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste (University of Hawai’i Press, 2017), and co-author of Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Development: Other Paths for Papua New Guinea (University of Hawai’i Press, 2012).
Valeria Vázquez Guevara is a Ph.D. candidate in Law at Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. Her research is concerned with representations of law and justice in communities that continue to experience the effects of colonization and violent conflict. Valeria’s research interests build on her personal and professional experience in Spain, Central America, and South Africa, as well as in policy advocacy with Amnesty International in the Basque Country. Valeria holds an M.A. in Peace Studies from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame (USA), an M.A. in Sociology of Law from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (Spain), and an LL.B. from the University of Granada (Spain).
Julian began as a Lecturer in Human Geography at Monash University in January 2017. Prior to that he was most recently a post-doctoral fellow in the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), having ay PhD and MA in geography at UBC and the University of Victoria, respectively.
His research lies at the intersection of the politics of indigenous knowledge, rural development, social mobilisation, and environmental governance, and it maintains a commitment to fostering more equitable and self-determined forms of development. Previous research projects in Brazil, Nepal, and Peru have addressed three themes in particular: neoliberalization and the politics of ecological knowledge-in-practice; re-socializing the economy – collective organization and the commons; decolonizing water governance – scalar conflict and sovereignty. These three themes have shaped his identity as a development geographer and they inform his continuing and future research programme. Methodologically, he has approached these themes through community-engaged scholarship, meaning that his work addresses the ethical entanglements of conducting research in communities that are variably geopolitically positioned and which are characterized by high degrees of inequality and power imbalances. This approach is based on a variety of forms of engagement, from grounded participatory methods to in-depth ethnographies.
Dr Sarah Webb
Sarah Webb is an anthropologist who ethnographically examines the politics of environmentally sustainable livelihoods and lifestyles. Working particularly in the Philippines, she draws on environmental anthropology and material culture studies to understand the everyday ways in which value is created within sustainable development interventions. Key areas include: ecotourism, tropical forest livelihoods, and green markets. Her teaching practice focuses on supporting students to critically question who benefits from ‘development’, and to unpack the politics of how such benefits are measured and defined. She is an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland.
Brooke Wilmsen is a Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. She is predominantly interested in the issues of displacement, resettlement and settlement and works in a variety of contexts. She is currently undertaking a longitudinal study of those displaced by the Three Gorges Dam in China funded by an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. Brooke has also worked for the Asian Development Bank, The World Bank and private consultancy. Recent publications can be found in World Development, Urban Geography, Journal of Contemporary China and Geoforum.
Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes is a researcher and lecturer at the Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University, Australia. Yirga taught law and worked with grassroots organisations in Ethiopia before completing his Doctorate in Australia. Yirga’s research focuses on the critical study of development, education and law, and the importance of lived experience and epistemic diversity for decolonial futures. His teaching practice is informed by his research on how to teach human rights from the perspective of diverse epistemologies, cultures and religions. He also researches African experiences and Ethiopian traditions, and writes creatively on belonging and diasporic lives.
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