The Research Team
Susanne Schech - Chief Investigator
Susanne is Associate Professor in the School of International Studies at Flinders University in South Australia. She has been Director of the Centre for Development Studies at Flinders University since 1997. Her research explores the cultural underpinnings of development theories and practices and the ways in which development processes are assimilated differently into cultures. She also has an interest in migration, refugee movements and other forms of mobility. Her research on migration investigates how mobility shapes identity and how receiving societies respond to migrants. Recent publications include "Seeing like a region: Parliamentary discourses on asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland and South Australia", Population, Space and Place, 2012, vol 18, pp. 58–73 and "Development perspectives from the Antipodes", Third World Quarterly, 2012, Vol 33(6), pp. 969-980.
Uma Kothari - Partner Investigator
Uma is Professor of Migration and Postcolonial Studies in the School of Environment and Development at the University of Manchester, where she heads the Institute of Development Policy and Management. Uma's most important contributions have been in two broad areas of research: transnational migration and diasporas, and histories, discourses and practices of international development. In recent projects she has examined the role of development experts, professionals and volunteers with a focus on the cosmopolitan/parochial divide in North-South encounters in the context of development.
Tracey Skelton - Partner Investigator
Tracey is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore. She is an expert on young people’s geographies and complex research methods in cross-cultural contexts. As well as this research project, Tracey has recently been working on two comparative studies: one on young people, citizenship and global futures, and another on cities and cosmopolitan cultures.
Anuradha Mundkur - Research Fellow
Anu is the Associate Director of the Gender Consortium at Flinders University and Research Fellow on this project. In the Gender Consortium, she designs and facilitates capacity development programs on gender sensitive policy-making, implementation and evaluation, as well as conducting research on gender equity issues and good governance. Her recent co-authored book titled Peace and Security: Implications for Women examines the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on 'Women, Peace and Security' in the Asia Pacific region.
Jo Baulderstone - Research Associate
Jo is Associate Professor in Public Policy and a research associate at the School of Policy Studies at Flinders University. Prior to working in and leading the Flinders Institute of Public Policy and Management until 2012, Jo had a successful career in the Australian Public Sector (APS). She serves on several boards of community sector organisations including Uniting Care Wesley. Her research activity has maintained these networks and built on her experience, focusing on policy related issues such as housing and homelessness, community services for children, young people and other vulnerable groups, and the governance of public sector – NGO relationships. Much of this research was conducted in collaboration with inter-disciplinary teams drawn from geography, law, politics, social work and other fields. Jo brings her expertise in governance and impact evaluation to this research project.