Senior Lecturer in International & Community Development, Deakin University

I am a development studies scholar and Myanmar specialist focused on conflict and development. My research is focused on international development programming in conflict-affected situations, and the relationship between everyday peacebuilding, community-led local development, and conflict dynamics, particularly in Myanmar - and on socioeconomic and political development in that country more broadly. I have thus also worked on issues such as Myanmar’s previous sanctions regime, fragile states, democratic transition, the role of faith and faith-based organisations in development, and theoretical and case study evaluations of development in difficult sociopolitical contexts. I am a Senior Lecturer in International & Community Development at Deakin University, having previously lectured in politics and international development at Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. I have almost a decade of professional experience living and working in development in SE Asia. I have published more than two dozen academic papers/chapters, including in Development in Practice, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, Social Compass and Development Bulletin. I have four books: Context-Sensitive Development: How International NGOs Operate in Myanmar (Kumarian 2012), Development in Difficult Sociopolitical Contexts (Palgrave 2014), Development Across Faith Boundaries (Routledge 2017, with Matthew Clarke) - my most recent book is Myanmar's 'Rohingya' Conflict (Hurst 2018, with Costas Laoutides).

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Senior Lecturer in International & Community Development, Deakin University
  • 2013–2017
    Director, Australia Myanmar Institute
  • 2012–2014
    Lecturer in International & Community Development, Deakin University
  • 2011–2011
    Lecturer in Development Studies, The University of Melbourne

Education

  • 2012 
    Deakin University, Doctor of Philosophy (international development) - Context-Sensitive Development: How International NGOs Operate in Myanmar

Research Areas

  • Economic Development Policy (160505)
  • Comparative Government And Politics (160603)
  • International Relations (160607)
  • Citizenship (160602)