David Brewster is a former corporate lawyer, specialising in mergers and acquisitions.
Deirdre Coleman is Robert Wallace Chair of English and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts.
Dr Suranjan Das presently holds the position of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calcutta and Honorary Director of the Netaji Institute for Asian Studies, Kolkata.
Professor Susan Elliott joined Monash University in March 2017 from The University of Melbourne where she held the position of Deputy Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA FAIIA has been Chancellor of the Australian National University since January 2010.
Brian Robert Hayes QC holds a LLB (Hons) at London University, is a Honourary Life Fellow at the Planning Institute of Australia and is a Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia.
Professor Robin Jeffrey is an Emeritus Professor at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.
Mr Sunjoy Joshi is the Director of the Observer Research Foundation.
Rob Moodie is Professor of Public Health at the University of Melbourne.
Ashis Nandy is an Indian political psychologist, social theorist and contemporary cultural and political critic.
Brian Stoddart is Professor Emeritus at La Trobe University where he served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and as Vice-Chancellor.
Jim Varghese is the National Vice Chair of the Australia India Business Council and the Executive Director of the Springfield Land Corporation, where he served as the Chief Executive from 2008 -2012.
Jim is on the Board of Mind Hive, Deputy Chair of the Puuya Foundation (serving the indigenous community of Lockhart River in North Queensland) and is a director of the Qld Mental Health Foundation. Jim is Co-Patron of the Federation of Indian Communities and Chairman, Mahatma Gandhi Memorials Committee (Qld). Jim is the Chair of the Gandhi Salt March Company Ltd which will be delivering its inaugural Festival of Peace celebrating global Mahatma Gandhi in Brisbane on October 28-20, 2017.
Jim was awarded the Centenary Medal and the Order of Australia for services to the public sector and community.
Governance, Human Geography, Conservation
Dr Michael Adams was born in India, the fifth generation of his family born there, and is a human geographer. He has researched shared governance arrangements between government conservation agencies and Indigenous communities in national parks and World Heritage Areas, including direct contributions to policy development. Other research examines Indigenous and local knowledge systems and how these interact with Western knowledge frameworks, as well as the cultural dimensions of hunting, especially around knowledge, respect and sacredness. He has worked with Indigenous and other communities in India, across Australia, in Arctic Scandinavia, Indonesia, and the USA.
Professor James Arvanitakis is the Dean of the Graduate Research School at Western Sydney University. He is also a lecturer in Humanities and a member of the University’s Institute for Cultural and Society. James was the founding Head of The Academy at Western Sydney University that received an Australian Financial Review higher education excellence award (2016). James is internationally recognised for his innovative teaching style and was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award in 2012 and an Eminent Researcher Award from the Australia India Education Council in 2015. His research areas include citizenship, resilience, piracy and education. James has authored over 100 articles and he is currently co-editing a book that brings together a cross-section of Australian and India educators looking at the future of universities.
Religion, Philosophy, African American Studies
Purushottama Bilimoria has held positions at Deakin University, University of Melbourne (Australia), Oxford University (All Souls College and Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies), Harvard, and Columbia University, University of California (Berkeley and Santa Barbara), Shimla Institute of Advanced Studies (India), National Institute of Advanced Studies (Bangalore) and Delhi University (India). He is also a transnational visiting scholar with The Institute of International Studies and the South Asia Studies Collective at UC Berkeley.
Politics, International Relations, Foreign Policy
Priya Chacko is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Adelaide and an Academic Fellow of the Australia-India Institute. Her current research projects focus on the intersection of populism, neoliberalism and nationalism in India and the political economy of foreign policy with a focus on India and the Indo-Pacific region. She is President of the South Asian Studies Association of Australia and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Contemporary Politics.
Dr Mridula Nath Chakraborty is the Deputy Director of the Monash Asia Institute. Dr Chakraborty has edited Being Bengali: at home and in the world, an enquiry into the intellectual history of this linguistic group from Bangladesh and India (Routledge 2014). She is the co-editor of Abohelaar Bhangon Naame Booke / Broken by Neglect, a bilingual edition of Nunga poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s poetry from English to Bengali (2014) and A Treasury of Bangla Stories (1997). Most recently, she has convened high-impact projects in literary-cultural diplomacy between Australia and India, such as Australia-India Literatures International Forum (Sydney 2013), the Autumn School in Literary Translation (Kolkata 2013) and Literary Commons: Writing Australia-India in the Asian Century with Indigenous, Dalit and Multilingual Tongues (2014-2016).
Anthropology, Development, Environment
Assa Doron is an Associate Professor in anthropology at the College of Asia and the Pacific, the Australian National University. His main areas of interest include, urban anthropology, development studies, the environment, and media and technology. Much of his anthropological fieldwork was carried in Varanasi where he focused on the ritual economy of the river and questions of caste and identity politics in India. The study was published in the book, Life on the Ganga, (Cambridge, 2013). Doron’s collaboration with Robin Jeffrey, led to a book on the mobile phone revolution in India, titled, The Great Indian Phone Book (Harvard UP/C. Hurst, 2013), published in India under the title Cellphone Nation: how the mass mobile changes business, politics and daily life. The book received wide media coverage and favourable reviews in outlets such as, The Economist, Bloomberg, India Today, Times Higher Education, The Wall Street Journal, LA Review of Books, Economic & Political Weekly (EPW), LSE Review of Books, The Australian, and SMH as well as in various academic journals.
Politics, Political Economy
Professor Anthony P. D'Costa is the Chair of Contemporary Indian Studies at the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining Melbourne University, Professor D'Costa was Research Director, Asia Research Centre at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Prior to this he was with the University of Washington for 18 years. He has written extensively on the political economy of steel, automobile, and IT industries covering themes of globalisation, development, innovations, and industrial restructuring.
Architecture, Built Environments
Professor Sambit Datta studied architecture at the School of Architecture, CEPT University. His research is focussed on the computational representation and analysis of building and urban typologies in South and Southeast Asia. His research contributions are in the representation and reconstruction of Indic temple architecture, models of vernacular urbanism and the spatial evolution of street networks. He is Professor of Architecture in the School of Built Environment at Curtin University with a joint appointment in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computing. He is currently an International Visiting Professor at IIT, Kharagpur and Visiting Professor at the Idea Factory, NYUST, Taiwan. He serves as Corresponding Editor (Asia-Pacific) of the Nexus Network Journal on architecture and mathematics and served as secretary of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA.
Dr Jane Dyson teaches in the School of Geography, University of Melbourne. For fourteen years, she has been conducting ethnographic research in the high Himalayas in India examining gender, work, and social transformation from the perspective of social geography, cultural anthropology and development studies. Jane's research on children’s everyday work is presented in her book, Working Childhoods (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Jane is also committed to engaging with audiences outside of academia, and has produced an award-winning documentary film, Lifelines, and a recent documentary for ABC Radio National examining youth and social change in the Himalayas. Jane received her PhD from the University of Cambridge, before teaching and conducting research at the University of Washington and the University of Oxford.
Dr Bina Fernandez is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She completed her PhD and MPhil degrees at the University of Oxford, and has taught at the University of Leeds, the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, and the Universities of Oxford and Oxford-Brookes in the UK. She is currently working on two research projects: the first focuses on the migration of Ethiopian women as domestic workers to countries in the Middle East. The second project, initiated in 2013, examines rural women's collective livelihoods initiatives in India.
Dr Devleena Ghosh works in the School of Communication, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS. She researches and has published widely in environmental and postcolonial studies, specifically on India and Indian Ocean connections. Currently, she is researching coal mining in Chattisgarh, progressive women’s movements in India and Australia and syncretic religious practices in India. She is the author of Colonialism and Modernity (with Paul Gillen, UNSW Press, 2007) and editor of Water, Borders and Sovereignty in Asia and Oceania (with Heather Goodall and Stephanie Donald, Routledge, 2008). She recently became the first Australian scholar to receive the Wang Gungwu award from the Asian Studies Association of Australia for her article 'Burma -Bengal Crossings: Intercolonial Connections in Pre-Independent India’, in Asian Studies Review,vol. 40, no. 2, 2016.
International Relations, Indian Foreign Policy
Professor Hall joined Griffith University in January 2015 as a Professor in the School of Government and International Relations. Professor Hall is also a member of the Centre for Governance and Public Policy and the Griffith Asia Institute, and an Academic Fellow of the Australia India Institute at the University of Melbourne. His research and teaching interests include the history of international thought and Indian foreign policy.
South Asian Politics, Media, Identity
Dr Ramaswami Harindranath is Professor of Media at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. His research interests include South Asian politics and culture; global media cultures; race, media and identity; postcolonial studies; and media and citizenship. His major publications are Audience-Citizens, Perspectives on Global Cultures, The ‘Crash’ Controversy, Studying Digital Media Audiences, Transnational Lives and the Media, and Approaches to Audiences. He is one of the editors of the journal Postcolonial Studies.
Dr Elizabeth Hill’s research focuses on gender, employment and care in both developed and emerging economies. She has published on the informal economy, women’s employment in the Indian economy, women’s unions in India, and work/care regimes in the Asia Pacific, including India. Recent books include Worker Identity, Agency and Economic Development: Womens empowerment in the Indian informal economy, Routledge (2010) and Women, work and Care in the Asia Pacific, Routledge (2017). Her next book, Employment Policy in Emerging Economies: The Indian Case is an edited volume with Amitendu Palit and will be published by Routledge in late 2017. Elizabeth is affiliated with the Delhi School of Economics and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Elizabeth is currently Chair of the Department of Political Economy and Chair of the Indian advisory Group at The University of Sydney.
Anthropology, Development, Gender
Dr Dolly Kikon teaches Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her monographs include Life and Dignity: Women’s Testimonies of Sexual Violence in Dimapur (NESRC 2015) and Experiences of Naga Women in Armed Conflict: Narratives from a Militarized Society (WISCOMP 2004). Her articles have appeared in Economic and Political Weekly, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Anthropology News, International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter (IIAS), and Asian Currents. In addition, her opinion pieces have been carried by Open Democracy, Seminar, The Hindu, Times of India, Morung Express, Nagaland Page, Eastern Mirror, Himal South Asia, Scroll, Kafila, and RAIOT.
Dr Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt is a Senior Fellow of the Resource, Environment and Development group at ANU's Crawford School of Public Policy. Kuntala researches precarious livelihoods in environmental resource-dependent communities. Her extensive research on India has made her a global authority on the gendered labour in the mines and quarries. Kuntala’s books include The Coal Nation: Histories, Politics and Ecologies of Coal in India; Dancing with the River: People and Lives on the Chars in South Asia; Gendering the Field: Towards Sustainable Livelihoods for Mining Communities; Women Miners in Developing Countries: Pit Women and Others. Besides these primary areas of research, Kuntala pursues an interest in marginal communities and how rural migrants, moving into cities in South Asia reconnect with their roots.
International Relations, Australian Foreign Policy
Dr Meg Gurry is an academic researcher who is updating and revising her earlier work on the history of Australia-India government and diplomatic relations. She is a former lecturer in Australian foreign policy at La Trobe University where she currently serves as an honorary research associate. Her area of scholarship and academic publications focus on Australia's engagement with Asia since 1945, with particular attention to India, and her research is principally archive-based, working out of the National Australian Archives in Canberra. Dr Gurry has also taught history and politics in a number of humanities subjects at secondary school and university level, and worked in the area of aid and community development. She has a BA and DipEd from Monash University, and a PhD in politics from La Trobe.
Dr Christopher Kremmer is Senior Lecturer in Literary & Narrative Journalism Practice at the University of New South Wales. His literary works and research have explored the borderlands and ethics of reportage, historical fiction, creative nonfiction and narrative journalism. His published monographs include The Carpet Wars: A journey across the Islamic heartlands, Bamboo Palace: Discovering the Lost Dynasty of Laos, and Inhaling the Mahatma, a portrait of the history, religion, politics and economic upheaval of contemporary India. He is the former president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of South Asia.
Education, International Relations
Professor David Lowe holds a Chair in Contemporary History at Deakin University. He is a biographer and historian of modern international affairs, especially with reference to Australia's role in the Asia and the Pacific. He is a co-founder of the Australian Policy and History network, elected Board Member of the journal, Australian Historical Studies, and a member of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Editorial Advisory Board, advising the Australian Foreign Minister with respect to the Documents on Australian Foreign Policy Series. He has been Director and a commissioned lecturer for the Master of Strategic Studies offered to senior Australian and international military personnel and public servants at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra. In 2015 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
Infrastructure, Water Resources
Professor Hector Malano has conducted research on various aspects of water resources at three scales: (i) On-farm modelling of surface irrigation systems, (ii) Modelling of irrigation distribution networks; and (iii) water allocation between competing uses at the catchment level (iv) Management and modelling of the urban water cycle with special emphasis on complex systems. Hector recently concluded a 3-year term as Vice-President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage. He has consulted for several international organisations including the World Bank, AusAID and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.
Professor Duncan McDuie-Ra is Professor of Development Studies at UNSW. His most recent books include Debating Race in Contemporary India and Borderland City in New India: Frontier to gateway. His work has appeared in journals such as South Asia: journal of South Asian studies, Contemporary South Asia, Geoforum, Urban Studies, Energy Policy, Men and Masculinities, and Violence Against Women. He is Associate Editor for the journal South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies (Taylor and Francis), for the book series Asian Borderlands (Amsterdam University Press) and Editor in Chief of the ASAA South Asia monograph series (Routledge). His current projects explore urbanisation and ceasefires in Northeast India and vernacular urbanism in the Himalayas.
Michael Moignard spent 35 years as an Australian public servant working in trade and resources policy and trade promotion. Michael spent close to 7 years in India, as Senior Trade Commissioner for South Asia with the Australian High Commission. He also served with the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) in New York, Santiago de Chile, Manila, and Singapore. In September 2014, he became a Director of EastWest Academy Pty Ltd, a small firm involved in assisting Australian business do business in India. Michael is also involved in Ryder Cheshire Australia, and is President of its Victorian chapter Michael joined the Australia India Business Council Victoria Committee in July 2016, and became President of AIBC Victoria in March 2017.
Michael Peason is Professor Emeritus at the University of New South Wales, Australia and an internationally renowned scholar who has written pioneering works on India and Indian Ocean world history. Michael has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the Watamull Prize for the best book on Indian history published in the USA (1975-76). He was elected a Fellow of the Oriental Society of Australia in 1985, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1990 and a Fellow of the Heras Society (Bombay) in 1992.
Built Environment, Renewable Energy
Professor Deo Prasad is a Distinguished Professor in Sustainability of the Built Environment. He has strong research links with Indian researchers and has published in excess of 280 refereed papers including six books in this field. He is currently the CEO of the National Research and Innovation hub for the Built Environment titled CRC for Low Carbon Living. Deo won the 2004 NSW Government’s GreenGlobe Award for ‘showing leadership and commitment to the supply of renewable energy’ and the 2006 Royal Australian Institute of Architect’s National Education Award for contribution to ‘sustainability education, research and design’. Deo is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. In 2014, he was awarded the Order of Australia for his contributions in this field.
Fazal Rizvi is a Professor in Education at the University of Melbourne, having joined the University in July 2010 from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where he directed the Global Studies in Education program. Much of Fazal’s recent research has focused on issues of identity, culture, global mobility of students; and theories of globalization and the internationalization of higher education. His current projects include an examination of the ways in which Indian universities are negotiating pressures of globalization and the knowledge economy, as well as a more theoretical exploration of the cosmopolitan possibilities of education. His recent books include: Youth Moves: Identities and Education in a Global Era (Routledge 2007), (Routledge 1996), Globalization and the Study of Education (Wiley 2009) Globalizing Educational Policy (Routledge 2010).
Fazal is currently on the board of Asia Education Foundation, and was recently elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. At this EMR conference, Fazal will examine issues of fast globalizing youth cultures, and how these have major pedagogic implications for Australian schools.
Dr Dipa Sarkar is an applied econometrician whose research focus is in the areas of behavioural and labour economics. She obtained her PhD in Economics from Southern Methodist University in Texas and was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship for Outstanding Doctoral thesis. She is a Senior Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, and has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the US and Australia. Dipa applies empirical models to enable causal interpretation of program effects using large datasets, with primary focus on education and health outcomes of children and young adults. She has worked with several government departments in Australia to create a large longitudinal database on criminal behaviour and educational outcomes during school years to study the impact of compulsory schooling law on crime. Currently, she is conducting laboratory and field experiments to understand behaviour and decision-making. She has worked on large field surveys in Australia to study the role relative age among peers in classrooms in determining attitudes towards competition and self-confidence. Her recent work in India involves conducting large scale field experiments in northeast India to evaluate the long-term impact of violent conflict during childhood on attitudes and economic preferences in adulthood; and understand implicit preferences for caste-based discrimination. She is a frequent contributor to media and has published commentaries in ABC news, Courier Mail, APN media, among others.
Education, Development, Urbanisation
Tim Scrase (PhD, LaTrobe, 1989) is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. He was formerly an Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Education and Arts at the Australian Catholic University (2010-2017), and for several years prior he was the Director of the ARC Key Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS) at the University of Wollongong. He has been a regular visiting research fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), University of Amsterdam. He has previously been awarded three Australia Research Council (ARC) grants, and is a past President of the South Asian Studies Association of Australia (SAASA). Over a 30 year career he has published widely on development and social change in India in leading academic journals and edited collections, including five books. Based on a recent ARC-funded project, he is currently preparing a manuscript on the urban transformation of Darjeeling.
International Relations, Indian Foreign Policy
Dr Pradeep Taneja lectures in Chinese politics, political economy and international relations at the University of Melbourne, where he is also an Associate of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies and a Fellow of the Australia India Institute. Born and raised in India, he has been in Australia since 1985. He was a graduate student at Peking University in the 1980s and has worked in various parts of China for a number of years. His current research interests focus on the rise of China as a regional and global power, Sino-Indian and Sino-Australian relations and the international political implications of China’s energy security policy. He is also working on a project examining the relationship between China’s business elite and the Communist Party of China. Pradeep earned his PhD in Chinese political economy at Griffith University, Brisbane. His books and monographs include China Since 1978 (with Colin Mackerras and Graham Young); Hong Kong and Australia: towards 1997 and beyond; and The European Union and China: Interests and Dilemmas (edited with Georg Wiessala and John Wilson). He has also contributed to the Dictionary of Chinese Politics and the Encyclopedia of Modern China. He is regularly interviewed by Australian and foreign media.
Dr Ian Woolford is lecturer in Hindi at La Trobe University, where he coordinates the Hindi language program, and teaches courses in South Asian culture. He has previously taught at Cornell University, Syracuse University and at The University of Texas at Austin, where he received a PhD in Hindi language and literature. His research involves literature, folklore, and oral tradition of eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. He has lived for several years in India, as well as with overseas Indian populations in Trinidad, Mauritius, and Fiji. He is current writing a book on Hindi Literature and North Indian Oral Tradition.