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Engel, Susan Dr.

Associate Professor, Politics & International Studies

  • Co-Director, Future of Rights Centre - Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • School of Humanities and Social Inquiry

Overview


Susan is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Studies and co-Director of the Future of Rights Centre.  Her research interests focus on the impact of neoliberalism on development and international political economy. She has a book with Dr Adrian Bazbauers in 2021 titled The Global Architecture of Multilateral Development Banks: A System of Debt or Development (Routledge), a single authored book - The World Bank and the Post-Washington Consensus in Vietnam and Indonesia: Inheritance of Loss (Routledge, 2010) - and is a co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Global Development (Routledge, 2022). She has published around 30 articles and book chapters on topics including aid and development theory and practices, international financial institutions and their impacts on developing countries in sectors from infrastructure to health, the role of emotions in development programs in particular in sanitation and microfinance projects and the growth of South-South Cooperation.

Susan worked in the government, community, and aid sectors before becoming an academic and she plays an active role in issues of aid and development through advocacy. She volunteers with Indigo Foundation, a small, not-for-profit organisation funding community development projects in developing countries, as the partnership coordinator for the India program. She was a board member from 2002-2018. Susan is currently in the process of joining the Research Committee of Jubilee Australia

Susan teaches development studies, international studies, international political economy and Model United Nations. She is passionate about teaching and has published a number of pieces on curriculum and pedagogy. 

Top Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • I have been volunteer of indigo foundation (www.indigofoundation.org) since 2002. indigo foundation is an independent, not-for-profit community development organisation based in Australia. They are community led and volunteer based and their approach to development is based on long-term, respectful partnerships using an approach which values community ownership, sustainability, transparency and equity. They currently support projects in Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Bougainville, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda and Namibia. indigo foundation is a UOW Cares partner.<br /><br />One key role is to ensure that indigo foundation projects are based on best practice knowledge from research and to develop research partnerships to support their work. This role helps to ensures the integrity of indigo foundation's projects, approaches and operations. I am currently using my expertise as volunteer project manager for the India partnership. Other examples include input into: indigo foundation's strategic priorities, development approach and project management system. I have worked with and managed a range of UOW students as interns, volunteers or researchers for example one student undertook his Honours thesis evaluating how best to undertake monitoring and evaluation. I also work to develop linkages between the development sector and academics by supporting the Research for Development Impact network. I was on the organising committee for their conference in 2017.<br /><br />Given my expertise in development finance, I have provide input to the peak body of development NGOs in Australia, the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) for their response to the new Australian government funded Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific.

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


    • The political economy of development and aid
    • International financial institutions / multilateral development banks
    • Non-government and civil society organisation working in development or civil society activism
    • Politics and development in Southeast and South Asia
    • The politics of microfinance, sanitation and food.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Assessing Models For Effectively Integrating Cultural Sustainability Into Participatory Community Development
    Doctor of Philosophy I'm Still Here, International Labour Migration and the Children Left behind: Hearing the Voices of children Traversing Transnational House holds in Tonga Cunningham, Julie
    Doctor of Philosophy Debt, Petrodollars and Market Civilisation: A critical political economy of petrodollar accumulation and distribution Noble, Leonie
    Doctor of Philosophy An analysis of the contradictoriness, complexity and future prospect of China-Vietnam relations Yao, Yao
    Doctor of Philosophy Assess the factors which determine the effectiveness of the state’s OHS regulation in the era of globalization and neo-liberalization: A Case Study of the Bangladeshi RMG Industry Ullah, Asm
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Neoliberalism and Tourism in Indonesia Pedersen, David
    Doctor of Philosophy The political economy of globalisation and the strategic logic of non-violent action Shemia-Goeke, Dalilah
    Doctor of Philosophy Emotions and connective action in social movement: a case of Hong Kong To, Ho Pong
    Doctor of Philosophy A Test of Interventions for Improving Cohesion in Activist Groups Munro, Liane

Keywords


    • International political economy
    • Development studies
    • Development economics
    • World Bank
    • Multilateral development banks
    • Emotions in development, in particular shame
    • Health, sanitation and social protection
    • Tertiary pedagogy and curriculum in development studies, politics and international relations

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • I have been volunteer of indigo foundation (www.indigofoundation.org) since 2002. indigo foundation is an independent, not-for-profit community development organisation based in Australia. They are community led and volunteer based and their approach to development is based on long-term, respectful partnerships using an approach which values community ownership, sustainability, transparency and equity. They currently support projects in Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Bougainville, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda and Namibia. indigo foundation is a UOW Cares partner.<br /><br />One key role is to ensure that indigo foundation projects are based on best practice knowledge from research and to develop research partnerships to support their work. This role helps to ensures the integrity of indigo foundation's projects, approaches and operations. I am currently using my expertise as volunteer project manager for the India partnership. Other examples include input into: indigo foundation's strategic priorities, development approach and project management system. I have worked with and managed a range of UOW students as interns, volunteers or researchers for example one student undertook his Honours thesis evaluating how best to undertake monitoring and evaluation. I also work to develop linkages between the development sector and academics by supporting the Research for Development Impact network. I was on the organising committee for their conference in 2017.<br /><br />Given my expertise in development finance, I have provide input to the peak body of development NGOs in Australia, the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) for their response to the new Australian government funded Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific.

Potential Supervision Topics


    • The political economy of development and aid
    • International financial institutions / multilateral development banks
    • Non-government and civil society organisation working in development or civil society activism
    • Politics and development in Southeast and South Asia
    • The politics of microfinance, sanitation and food.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Assessing Models For Effectively Integrating Cultural Sustainability Into Participatory Community Development
    Doctor of Philosophy I'm Still Here, International Labour Migration and the Children Left behind: Hearing the Voices of children Traversing Transnational House holds in Tonga Cunningham, Julie
    Doctor of Philosophy Debt, Petrodollars and Market Civilisation: A critical political economy of petrodollar accumulation and distribution Noble, Leonie
    Doctor of Philosophy An analysis of the contradictoriness, complexity and future prospect of China-Vietnam relations Yao, Yao
    Doctor of Philosophy Assess the factors which determine the effectiveness of the state’s OHS regulation in the era of globalization and neo-liberalization: A Case Study of the Bangladeshi RMG Industry Ullah, Asm
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Neoliberalism and Tourism in Indonesia Pedersen, David
    Doctor of Philosophy The political economy of globalisation and the strategic logic of non-violent action Shemia-Goeke, Dalilah
    Doctor of Philosophy Emotions and connective action in social movement: a case of Hong Kong To, Ho Pong
    Doctor of Philosophy A Test of Interventions for Improving Cohesion in Activist Groups Munro, Liane

Keywords


    • International political economy
    • Development studies
    • Development economics
    • World Bank
    • Multilateral development banks
    • Emotions in development, in particular shame
    • Health, sanitation and social protection
    • Tertiary pedagogy and curriculum in development studies, politics and international relations
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