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Engel, Susan N.

Associate Professor

  • Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
  • School of Humanities and Social Inquiry

Overview


Susan is a Associate Professor in Politics and International Studies.  Her research interests focus on the impact of neoliberalism on development and international political economy . She is currently writing a book with Dr Adrian Bazbauers on multilateral development banking following her 2010 book, The World Bank and the Post-Washington Consensus in Vietnam and Indonesia: Inheritance of Loss. She has published over 25 articles and book chapters on topics including aid and development theory and practices, international financial institutions, South-South Cooperation, and the role of emotions in development programs in particular in sanitation and microfinance.

Susan worked in the government, community, and aid sectors before becoming an academic and she continues to play an active role in issues of aid and development through advocacy work. Susan is a volunteer with Indigo Foundation, a small, not-for-profit organisation funding community development projects in developing countries. She is partnership coordinator for their programs in India and was a board member from 2002-2018.

Susan teaches development studies, international studies, international political economy and Model United Nations. Susan is passionate about teaching and has published a number of pieces 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
    • Development in Southeast 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 Reuben-Shemia, Dalilah
    Doctor of Philosophy Emotion and connective action in social movement: the case of Hong Kong To, Ho Pong

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
    • Development in Southeast 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 Reuben-Shemia, Dalilah
    Doctor of Philosophy Emotion and connective action in social movement: the case of Hong Kong To, Ho Pong
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