Members of Asia Pacific Development and Security Research Group

Group Contact: Group Convenor:

A.Prof. Minako Sakai

Convenor of Asia Pacific Development and Security Research Group

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra

Academics

A.Prof. Jan Breckenridge

Acting Head of School, School of Social Sciences and Co-Convener, Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN)

Prof. Deborah Blackman

Public Service Research Group

School of Business, UNSW Canberra

Prof. Satish Chand

School of Business, UNSW Canberra

Satish Chand is Professor of Finance in the School of Business at the University of New South Wales Canberra.  His research interests include labour migration, land reform, and the challenges of development in communities torn by conflict.  For the past several years, Satish has been researching the rebound in the economy of Bougainville and how this rebound is helping sustain peace following the decade long conflict. 

Dr Sarah Cook

Director of the UNSW Institute for Global Development, UNSW Sydney

Scientia Prof. Louise Edwards

Faculty of Arts of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney

Louise Edwards is Scientia Professor of Chinese History at UNSW’s School of Humanities and Languages. Louise publishes on women and gender in China. Her most recent sole-authored books include Women Warriors and Wartime Spies of China (Cambridge University Press 2016), Women, Politics and Democracy: Women’s Suffrage in China (Stanford University Press 2008) and she is co-editor of Vol. 4 of the Cambridge World History of Violence (forthcoming).  Her current research project explores gendered cultures of war, peace and militarization. She is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Humanities in Australia, the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and the Hong Kong Academy of Humanities.

 A.Prof. Douglas Guilfoyle

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra

Douglas Guilfoyle is Associate Professor of International and Security Law at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra. He is a 2019-2020 Visiting Legal Fellow with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and a contributing editor to the European Journal of International Law blog, EJIL:Talk!. His major research themes are maritime security, the international law of the sea and international and transnational crime. Particular areas of specialism include maritime law-enforcement, the law of naval warfare, international courts and tribunals, and the history of international law.

Dr Nelia Hyndman-Rizk

School of Business, UNSW Canberra

 Dr Tanya Jakimow

Faculty of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney

Tanya Jakimow is an anthropologist of development, researching in India and Indonesia. The central focus of her work is the micro-politics of local level development. Her current book project brings affect theory into conversation with theories of power in Development Studies to propose a new approach to understanding power configurations in local level development. It draws upon ethnographic research with volunteers in a community-driven development program in Medan, Indonesia, and with women Municipal Councillors in Dehra Dun, India, and was funded by an Australian Research Council DECRA Award. Tanya previous research includes topics such as agrarian change, livelihoods, and small local NGOs

Dr Tristan Moss

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra 

Dr Gavin Mount,

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra

My research in this area has been on ethnic identity/conflict, nationalism, environmental hazards and early warning.

Dr Morten Pedersen

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra

A.Prof. Minako Sakai

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra

Minako Sakai is Associate Professor in Southeast Asian Social Inquiry and Indonesian Studies at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.  She is the lead of Asia Pacific Development and Security Research Group and previously chaired of the Asia-Pacific Seminar Series (insert Link).  She has published  in the areas of anthropology of development, religion (Islam) and its social engagement, disaster resilience, and gender and inequality in social policies with a focus on Indonesia and Muslim countries.  She is supervising research students working on community empowerment and is undertaking research related to gender empowerment through business and technological innovations for Muslim women in Indonesia.

A.Prof. Krishna Shrestha

Faculty of Arts of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney

Krishna K. Shrestha is a development and environmental geographer. Currently, he is Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney. His research program is in the interdisciplinary analysis of social and environmental justicefocusing on the intersection of development and environmental governance. Over the years, his research projects encompass four areas: a) political ecology and international development, b) climate change and urban planning, c) food security and livelihoods, and d) disaster resilience and justice. Connecting these is an overarching analytical thread of justice as redistribution and recognition. Most of his work is interdisciplinary and empirical in the Himalayas.

Dr Felix Tan

Business School, UNSW Sydney

Dr Alec Thornton

School of Science, UNSW Canberra

Dr Alec Thornton is a development geographer at the School of Science at UNSW Canberra.  He is an Academic Lead for Africa with the Institute for Global Development at UNSW Sydney. Alec’s research in the South Pacific concerns critical analyses of global change impacts on food system vulnerability and livelihoods. In Fiji, this research has explored livelihood effects of insecure land tenure on urban and peri-urban squatters and farmers. In Samoa, his research has concentrated on urbanisation, poverty and small holder agriculture. His research students are conducting research on rural and urban development-related projects in the Asia Pacific region. In 2012, Alec initiated a memorandum of understanding between the National University of Samoa and UNSW, for the purpose of starting a geography field school in Samoa. From this experience, Alec won multiple-year funding (2016-2019) from the Australian Government, DFAT, New Colombo Plan Mobility Program to run this field school.

Dr Pichamon Yeophantong

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra

ARC DECRA Fellow. 

Dr Nicolaas Warouw

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra

 A.Prof. Jian Zhang

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra

Professor Anthony Zwi

Faculty of Arts of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney

 

Visiting Fellows

Dr Amelia Fauzia

School of Humanities and Social Sciences UNSW Canberra

Amelia Fauzia is the Director of Social Trust Fund, The State Islamic University, Jakarta.  She is a leading researcher on the history of Islamic philanthropy in Indonesia. 

Dr Rafisah Mat Radzi

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra

Rafisah Mat Radzi is a senior lecturer at the School of Distance Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Currently, she is a visiting fellow at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra, under the Ministry of Education Malaysia sponsor. She obtained her PhD in Business and Management from the University of South Australia in 2012. Rafisah’s research has embraced a wide range of topics in capital market, corporate finance and Islamic finance. Her current research projects are related to sukuk (Islamic bonds) and social responsibility investment. Within 5 years, her projects were funded by two international sponsors, i.e Sumitomo foundation and Chartered Institute of Management Accounts (CIMA) UK, one national grant from by Ministry of Education, Malaysia (Fundamental Research Grant Scheme) and a short term grant from Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Sultana Rabeya

School of Humanities and Social Sciences,UNSW Canberra

A.Prof Stephen Sherlock

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra

Dr Stephen Sherlock is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. His research interests are in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, focusing on the political economy of elections, political parties, parliaments and women’s political empowerment. As an international political governance consultant, he has wide experience working on training, policy development, research projects and capacity-building programs in the Indonesian parliament, government ministries, CSOs and political parties. He is a former Director of the Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) at ANU. Dr Sherlock has worked extensively with Indonesian institutions active in the field of institutional strengthening, legislative affairs and policy and has published widely on Indonesian governance and democratic development.

HDR Students

Mr Bhirawa Anoraga

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra

Mr Md Juel Kutub

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra

Mr Ajie Saksono

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra

Ms Farhat Hamid

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra