Senior Lecturer in International & Community Development, Deakin University

I am a Burma/Myanmar specialist focused primarily on socioeconomic and political development in that country. 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. 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 Developmen 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 developmen 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), and Myanmar's 'Rohingya' Conflict (Hurst, forthcoming).

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

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