HADRI Director

Associate Professor Nichole Georgeou

Nichole is Associate Professor, Humanitarian and Development Studies, School of Social Sciences at Western Sydney University. She has worked as an aid practitioner in Japan and in Vietnam, with UNICEF and various civil society organisations. Her areas of research include: civil society and volunteering for development; Australian aid and development policy; food security in the pacific Islands; Australian interventions in the Indo-Pacific; and Responsibility to Protect. Nichole is the author of the 2012 study Neoliberalism, Development and Aid Volunteering (Routledge). Her research has been published in Journal of Sociology, PlosOne, Voluntas, PORTAL: A journal of multidisciplinary international relations, Pacific Dynamics, Australian Journal of History and Politics, and Australian Journal of Political Science. She is currently completing a book with Dr Charles Hawksley, (University of Wollongong) on Police-building and the Responsibility to Protect: Civil Society, Gender and Human Rights Culture in Oceania (forthcoming Routledge 2019), which explores policing assistance to enhance human rights protection within a framework of international development and aid and is based in research conducted in Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. Nichole is an editorial board member of the International Gramsci Journal and a regular article and book reviewer for journals in the disciplines of sociology and politics. Nichole is the HADRI theme leader for Sustainable Development and Human Security.

Dr Garry Stevens- Theme Leader for Disaster Preparedness, Response and Management

Garry is a Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer, Humanitarian and Development Studies Program, School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University. His work includes examining population mental health and epidemiology, in particular interventions and service development regarding deliberate self-harm presentations and technology supported aftercare programs. Garry is involved in research projects examining population preparedness for disasters and critical incidents, including occupational risk and resilience factors among emergency service workers, Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT) and humanitarian aid workers and trainees. His recent work with aid practitioners has focused on worker self-care and help-seeking attitudes in the context of work-related stress. Garry’s primary research interests include: disaster mental health and community adaptation; occupational resilience and help-seeking among aid practitioners; mental health effects of labour trafficking; and service development for deliberate self-harm.

Garry Stevens

Dr Melissa Phillips-Theme Leader for Migration and Diaspora

Melissa is Lecturer, Humanitarian and Development Studies Program, School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University. Her research interests include migration, mobility, displacement and refugee settlement including diasporas. Melissa has previouslyworked for the United Nations and for international non-government organisations in South Sudan, the Horn of Africa (Kenya and Ethiopia), Libya and the Middle East in protection of civilians and humanitarian coordination roles. She has also worked with asylum seekers in immigration detention in Australia, supported community-based asylum seekers in the UK, and managed a refugee resettlement project in Australia. Melissa is co-author of Becoming Australian: Migration, Settlement and Citizenship (with Brian Galligan and Martina Boese), MUP, Melbourne (2014) and has published widely in academic journals on refugee settlement, multiculturalism and transit migration. She is an Associate Editor for Journal of Intercultural Studies and is a Board member of the Australian Red Cross, a Regional Advisor for the International Detention Coalition and Advisory Board Member of ‘Urban Refugees’.

Nidhi Wali, Senior Research Officer, HADRI

Nidhi is Senior Research Officer at HADRI. She holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from University of Sussex, UK, and is presently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy research at Western Sydney University focussing on “Child malnutrition in South Asia”. She has experience of working in India and Australia on issues of public health, nutrition and community mobilisation. In India, she has worked with the national government, as well as with international organisations such as CARE, Public Health Resource Network and UNICEF. Her work is primarily focussed on promoting community mobilisation and participation strategies for improved maternal and child health and nutrition outcomes. She worked on applied research projects and developed and delivered context relevant trainings across remote rural parts of India. In Australia she has worked with vulnerable migrant communities on issues of settlement, health and access to services. Presently, Nidhi’s research work is across public health, nutrition, and development studies. Her research interests include research methodologies across social sciences, public health and nutrition.

HADRI Members and Adjunct Research Fellows


Dr Anis Chowdhury

Anis is an international macro and development economist and consultant and has been recently appointed on the Eminent Persons Advisory Panel of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP). He presently consults for the United Nations Development Program and the International Labour Organization, and is an advisor to a German NGO working on social justice in global development. His areas of expertise include socio-economic issues, such as sustainable development, macroeconomic policies, social protection, employment & wages policies, industrial policies and Asia-Pacific economies. He has published 17 co-authored and co-edited books, close to 100 journal articles and chapters in edited volumes, as well as numerous policy briefs and commentaries on contemporary socioeconomic development and macroeconomic issues. During the 1990s and 200s Anis was Professor of Economics at Western Sydney University, but worked extensively with the United Nations including UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) and UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia.

Anis Chowdhury

Dr Archana Voola

Archana is a social policy researcher who holds a PhD in Policy Studies from Sydney University. Her PhD focussed on gender inequalities in microfinance, comparing problem representations in India and Australia, and her current research interests include gender, marketplaces, poverty and inequality. Archana’s research is underpinned by her passion to be a voice for the voiceless and focuses on the experiences of vulnerable groups such as ultra-poor women, financially excluded people, and people experiencing food insecurity and/or domestic violence. Her work has contributed to publications on marketing strategies for social impact, gender equality strategies, anti-poverty program evaluations, comparative social policy and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Archana's work has been published in journals such as European Journal of Marketing, Third Sector Review, Australian Journal of Social Issues, Social Business and The International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives.


Associate Professor Awais Piracha

Awais is an urban planner in Geography, Urban Planning, and Heritage and Tourism, School of Social Sciences at Western Sydney University. His areas of research cover sustainable urban development and use of spatial analysis/techniques in land use and transport planning. He trained as a civil/environmental engineer as well as a town planner, and previously worked as a researcher with the United Nations University in Tokyo, the Asian Institute of Technology Bangkok and University of Dortmund, Germany. In his professional career spanning over two decades, Awais has participated in numerous projects as urban planning spatial analyst. His recent work includes articles in Australian Planner, Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, International Journal of Built Environment and Sustainability, and Journal of Town and City Management.

Assoc. Prof Awais Piracha

Dr Ataus Samad

Ataus Samad is Lecturer in the School of Business at Western Sydney University. He holds a PhD in Management and a Master of Business (Research) from Central Queensland University and specialises in the regional settlement of migrants. His work on the settlement and secure employment of migrants in regional agribusiness has recently been published by the Central Queensland University Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities. Before joining WSU Ataus was on the board of the Queensland Government’s Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council. He has published in high-ranking journals and his work has been cited by academics, NGOs, government and the media.


Dr Charles Hawksley

Charles is Senior Lecturer in Politics at University of Wollongong. He conducts research on Australia’s relations with the developing states of the Pacific Islands, particularly in Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste. Charles has co-authored several book chapters and articles on human security and food security in Solomon Islands, Australia’s international aid program, and the Responsibility to Protect. He is currently completing a co-authored book with HADRI Director Dr Nichole Georgeou entitled Police-building and the Responsibility to Protect in Oceania: Gender, Civil Society and Human Rights Culture in Oceania (Routledge, forthcoming 2019). The book is based on original research conducted between 2010-2015 in Timor Leste, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea with NGOs, international police, national police, staff at women’s refuges, and police gender crimes units. He co-edited and contributed to The Globalization of World Politics: Case Studies from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific (Oxford University Press 2014, reprinted 2016) that focussed on the Pacific Islands and gender


Dr Debra Keenahan

Debra is a registered psychologist and Lecturer, Humanitarian and Development Studies, School of Social Sciences at Western Sydney University. Her published work has mainly focussed on disability discrimination, and her early research was on racism and aversive reactions to the disabled, and on the social and psychological phenomenon of Dehumanization. She has worked as a Counsellor with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of NSW, and as psychologist with NSW Corrective Services. In 2010 Debra commenced formal studies in the visual arts and she is now an exhibiting artist. She is currently completing further studies and research into Disability Aesthetics, which is a critical issue in the dehumanization of the disabled and the assertion of their human rights, in efforts to address the problem of structural violence against the disabled.

Dr Debra Keenahan

Dr Irena C. Veljanova

Irena is Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University. Her research interest focuses on transcultural health, particularly how diversity and disability are conceptualised and operationalized in policy, service provision and clinical settings. She is also interested in health knowledge co-production dynamics which are increasingly enabled by the digital technologies. She is the co-editor (together with Prof. Iedema, Rick) of the HSR 2013 Special Edition titled Lifestyle Science: Self-healing, co-production and DIY and features as an editor of two interdisciplinary edited volumes titled Perception, Meaning and Identity (2010) and Health, Agency and Wellbeing (2014)(co-edited with Mills, Cally, Emmanuel, Glory). More recently her published work can be found in Pain Medicine, BMJ Open and Pain. Her current funded research project focuses on exploring the discriminatory aspects of the migration health requirement in Australian immigration laws.

Irena Veljanova

Dr Izabela Pereira Watts

Izabela holds a Doctorate in International Studies and Political Sciences from Charles Darwin University. She is an Ambassador for the Global Peace Index of the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP). Her expertise includes international development cooperation, elections, humanitarian affairs, public policies, strategic analysis of democratic governance, socio-economic development and gender in conflict zones. Izabela has worked across Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe with International Organizations such as the United Nations (DPKO-UNMIT, UNDP, UN Women), Armed Conflict Prevention and Resolution–GapCON and the Organization of American States, as well as with private and public sector organisations including the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  She was nominated in 2013 for "Top 99 Young Professional World Leaders in Foreign Policy under 33” by the global Affairs Magazine, Diplomatic Courier (USA). Izabela is multi-lingual, with fluency in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. She has written pieces for a variety of online forums, and has research publications in several languages.

Dr Izabela Pereira Watts

Dr Joseph Rickson

Joseph has recently completed his PhD in Anthropology at Macquarie University examining the Politics of Everyday Life in Kachin state on the Thai-Burma Border. He specialises in applied research methodology, state violence, marginalization and ethnic policy across South East Asia (SEA); the movement of ethnic minorities across national borders; vulnerability of precariat populations and the dynamics of citizenship; resource management and human rights. Joseph has a wealth of experience in Southeast Asia over the past two decades working with ethnic minority communities, NGOs and civil society groups on resource management, local knowledge, bio-diversity and impacts of development projects on local livelihoods. His research interests include teaching and training on development, ethnic politics, and practices of control between state and non-state actors in the regulation of social space in border areas.


Dr Karin Mackay

Karin is Lecturer, Secondary Education, School of Education, Western Sydney University. Her research interests lie in how the creative process is an important way to develop human flourishing and wellbeing in both educational and diverse community contexts. She has worked extensively in community arts settings with a range of youth and community organisations. Karin has taught in academia across humanities, education, creativity and sustainability fields with a particular interest in furthering the broad aims of social justice, equality and activism. Karin has published in the areas of feminism, spirituality, ecology and the arts in online articles, poems, newsletters and blogs. Karin is a practicing artist, writes occasional poetry and has a passion for singing. Karin recently completed research with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALD) engagement with sustainable practice to create an abundant community. She is working with Sydwest Multicultural Services and refugee youth to develop a mentoring and creative media model to navigate educational, career and life aspirations.


Dr Lal B Rawal

Lal is Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Central Queensland University (CQU) and based at the CQU Sydney Campus. He holds a PhD in Global Health from Monash University, is an experienced public health researcher, and has led several research projects funded by international/national agencies, universities and health ministries across Nepal, Bangladesh, Ghana and Australia. His work has been widely published in leading peer-reviewed international journals, and as books/book chapters. Lal’s research interests include Non- Communicable Disease prevention and control; Migration health; Health policy and systems strengthening; Primary health care, health behaviour and health promotion.

Dr Liwan Liyange

Liwan is Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Statistics at Western Sydney University. She has worked for over four decades in academia. Liwan pioneered the teaching of data analytics at Western Sydney University through the introduction of the unit 200036 Data Mining and Visualisation in 1999, well ahead of most other Australian universities. Liwan’s research centres on optimising and applying data driven models to guide informed decision making in both academic and commercial settings. She is the founding author of Operational Statistics (2005), which proposed a new way to use real time distributions for real time decision making, thus pioneering a new research methodology. Liwan's current research interests broadly span: public health; environmental impact studies (including climate change, electricity consumption modelling, behavioural finance and cell biology); and promoting collaborative impact research for social good.


Associate Professor Margo Barr

Margo is Associate Professor, Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales. She is an epidemiologist with expertise in public health including behaviour risk factors and communicable disease surveillance, survey and cohort methodology and management. She has worked extensively in the state and federal government sectors for 30 years and has also undertaken research in collaboration with universities including the University of Wollongong (where she is Honorary Principal Fellow), University of Western Sydney, and Sydney University. Past collaborations have resulted in published research on both public health and methodological issues including: malaria, influenza pandemics, cardiovascular disease, physical activity, mental health, skin cancer, glaucoma, alcohol, tobacco, child health, tuberculosis, survey methods and validation.

Dr Kearrin Sims

Ms Margaret Piper

Margaret was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2011 in recognition of her decades of service to the community through leadership and advocacy roles assisting refugees and asylum seekers. Margaret is a consultant with over 30 years of experience working in the refugee sector, including as an Executive Director of the Refugee Council of Australia (1991- 2005). She is involved in policy and program planning through her work on various government and non-government committees and boards. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Multicultural NSW and of the Board of MYAN NSW. Since October 2015 Margaret has participated in the joint committee that supports Professor Shergold and the Department of Premier and Cabinet to identify and implement reforms in refugee settlement in NSW. Previously, Margaret was a Board Member of the Australian Red Cross and a member of its Audit and Risk Committee (2012-18) and continues to chair the Red Cross’ Service Committee and sit on its Migration Policy Advisory Committee. She has written extensively on refugee issues and is the author of numerous reports and studies, as well as four training packages for VET-courses linked to working with refugees. In 2018 she was awarded the Red Cross’ Distinguished Service Medal.

Dr Mel Taylor

Mel is an Occupational Psychologist, School of Psychology, Macquarie University. Her research focusses on preparedness, response, and recovery to threats of relevance to national security. These are typically low probability, high consequence events such as pandemics, terrorism, emergency animal diseases, and disasters. Key areas of research interest are psychosocial response and recovery, uptake of biosecurity practices and health protective behaviours, and risk communication strategies. Mel is currently a project leader in the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre for a project focussed on animal emergency management. She is also research leader for a three-year longitudinal study on the impacts of Hendra virus on horse owners’ risk perception and their practices. Past projects include the role of social media in disasters and its use as a tool for providing psychological first aid and supporting community resilience.

Dr Kearrin Sims

Dr Michael Kennedy

Michael is Senior Lecturer, Policing and Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University. Between 1978 and 1996 Michael was a detective in the New South Wales Police where he specialised in Organised and Major Crime Investigation. He has worked extensively with the Arabic speaking community and also specialised in Child Protection and Sexual Assault investigations Michael has worked with the Brigade de répression du Proxénétisme and the Brigade du protection des Mineurs in Paris. Between 2013 to 2017 Dr Kennedy worked in the Islamic Republic of Maldives where he was head of programme, Institute for Security and Law Enforcement Studies on behalf of Western Sydney University.

Dr Natalia Szablewska

Natalia is a social scientist and lawyer specialising in human rights (law) and transformative justice processes. She has over 15 years of experience spanning public sector, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and academia in five countries. Natalia is Senior Lecturer in the School of Law & Justice, Southern Cross University, and Adjunct Professor at the Royal University of Law and Economics (Cambodia). Her research focuses on the intersection of law, public policy and ethics, and she employs gender- and human rights-based approaches to examine issues relating to vulnerable populations and socio-legal (in)equalities. Natalia serves as Co-Chair of Business and Human Rights Subcommittee of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights/ALHR, IWD’s Committee Member of the UN Women National Committee Australia, and is a Board Member of the Australian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Committee/Qld.


Dr Pamela Sitko

Pamela holds a PhD in urban disaster resilience from the Urban Planning and Design Department at Oxford Brookes University. She is an urban resilience consultant who has worked in disaster, development and conflict settings in over 20 countries for the United Nations, Red Cross and Red Crescent and numerous non-government organisations. Pamela develops evidence-based research for practitioners on topics related to resilience building, and urban development, crisis preparedness and response. In 2018, Pamela was responsible for the urban component of the revised Sphere Handbook for minimum humanitarian standards. Previously, Pamela worked as World Vision International’s technical advisor for urban disaster management. She has led evaluations, strategy development, media and communications, and disaster simulation training.


Associate Professor Patrick Kilby

Patrick holds a PhD in Development Studies from the Australian National University and has specific expertise in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development. In 2018 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Kansas State University looking at the Green Revolution in developing countries and how to improve women’s engagement in agriculture. Patrick’s research interests include: NGOs and NGO accountability; gender and development; managing international development programs; and, most recently, the story of foreign aid. He has published three sole authored books including: NGOs in India: The challenges of women's empowerment and accountability (2011),  NGOs and Political Change: A History of the Australian Council for International Development (2015), and The Green Revolution Narratives of Politics, Technology and Gender, (2019).


Associate Professor Samsul Huda

Samsul is an agroclimatologist and Associate Professor in the School of Science and Health, Western Sydney University. He has developed and applied a framework to address climate variability towards maximising opportunities and minimising crop production risk in a number of countries. Samsul works with a variety of stakeholders, including researchers, policy makers, government agencies, farmers and agribusinesses, to increase food production, create sustainable natural resource management, implement policy, and ensure food security and livelihood improvement in participating countries. He has secured significant funding for his research into food security from Australian and overseas governments and other bodies (including from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, the Australia-India Council, and Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research), for his work on subsistence farming systems in India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and China.


Dr Sarah De Nardi

Sarah is Lecturer in Heritage and Tourism at Western Sydney University. She is a community archaeologist and historian interested in the sense of place and everyday experiences of social groups who have experienced conflict. Sarah is the co-editor of the Journal of Community Archaeological and Heritage, a platform for multi-vocal heritage values and the ethics of place-building and identity.  Sarah applies her own intuitive method of community-led mapping as a means of ‘visualising’ emotional and sensory practices of place-making to a variety of contexts in her work. She has led heritage outreach projects in Australia and has undertaken community-centred fieldwork in the Swat and Naran/Kaghan Valleys in Pakistan, as well as in England and Italy.


Dr Sarah Homan

Sarah is trained as an anthropologist at the University of Adelaide where she completed her PhD  on honour, shame and gender-based violence in urban Nepal. Her research interests include prevention of violence against women, social norms, discourses of honour and shame, gendered subjectivities, practice theories, sexualities, and alternative modernities. She is a member of several academic associations in Australia, including The South Asian Studies Association of Australia (SASAA), the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA), the Australian Anthropological Society (AAS) and the Development Studies Association of Australia (DSAA).  She currently works as a Research Associate at The Equality Institute (EQI), Australia, on various projects related to monitoring and evaluation, and policy planning, for programmes focussed on the prevention of violence against women and girls globally.


Dr Shameran Slewa-Younan

Shameran is Senior Lecturer, Mental Health, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University. She has worked as a sessional psychologist for the NSW Transcultural Mental Health Centre since 2001, specifically with Iraqi refugees and more recently with Syrian arrivals. She has been involved with several projects examining trauma-related mental health disorders in this group of refugees, including the measurement of psychological and physiological measures of distress, and the mental health literacy of refugee populations. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications, including several invited articles and has appeared on ABC News regarding the mental health outcomes of Iraqi refugees in Australia. She has developed collaborative networks with academics at Universities of Melbourne, Charles Sturt, and Sharjah (UAE) and with NSW Refugee Health Service and is Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Mental Health, University of Melbourne. She is also a board member of South Western Sydney Local Health District.

Dr Shameran Slewa-Younan

Associate Professor Siew-Fang Law

Siew-Fang’s research interests intersect innovative qualitative research methods, community development, peace and conflict transformation.  She has chaired postgraduate programs in International Community Development at the College of Arts and Education at Victoria University for 9 years. Internationally she has been appointed Professor Extraordinarius of University of South Africa, Co-Chair of the International Network for Peace Psychology, Board Editor of Springer Peace Psychology Book Series, and formerly an Associate Editor of the Journal of Social and Political Psychology. Beyond the tertiary education sector, Siew-Fang is an active volunteer and champion in diversity and gender equity. She has practiced as an accredited mediator, conflict coach and dialogue facilitator; a Board member of non-profits Initiative for Change Australia. Previously she has worked with both the UNDP and UNESCO in Southeast Asia.

Dr Valentine Mukuria

Valentine Mukuria holds a PhD in Educational Policy and Leadership from the Ohio State University (USA). She has worked in the field of university-community engagement and curriculum advising for over a decade and is currently Engagement Facilitator in the Office of Engagement at Western Sydney University. Prior to this Valentine held visiting academic appointments at Green Templeton College (Oxford University), and Institute of Education (University of London). She is currently undertaking a second doctorate (Doctor of Social Science) at the University of Sydney with a research project titled: Higher Education sans frontieres: The role of universities in addressing the protracted refugee situation in Kenya. This research, aligned with the HADRI’s Migration and Diaspora thematic research area, focuses on the educational, career and leadership aspirations of refugee youth in Kenya.

Valentine Mukuria 

Dr Zulfan Tadjoeddin

Zulfan is Associate Professor and Director of Academic Program, Humanitarian and Development Studies, School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University. He has held visiting research appointments at the Queen Elizabeth House at University of Oxford, and at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Zulfan was a Technical Advisor on decentralization and conflict at the United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) in Indonesia, and a researcher at the UN Support Facility for Indonesian Recovery (UNSFIR-UNDP) and World Agroforestry Centre. His research areas include development and conflict, employment and labour market, and poverty and inequality. Zulfan has published in leading journals such as Journal of Peace Research, Civil Wars, Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Journal of Development Studies, Oxford Development Studies, Journal of East Asian Studies, Journal of International Development, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy and Economics and Labour Relations Review. His book titled Explaining Collective Violence in Contemporary Indonesia was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. He has consulted for various UN agencies such as ILO, UNDP and UNICEF.

Dr Zulfan Tadjoeddin


Dr Anouk Ride

Anouk is a researcher and writer living in the Solomon Islands. For the past decade, she has led research teams to unearth new approaches to aid, conflict, disasters and social change. Her work includes cross-disciplinary research (psychology, sociology and political science) on women peace and conflict, and training in participatory research methods and research design that enables local people to analyse topics of interest and identify their own solutions to pressing issues. She holds a Master of Arts (International Relations) from Australian National University, and a PhD in peace and conflict studies (Political Science and International Studies) from University of Queensland. Her PhD research on conflict, communication and participatory research methods earned her the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Theses 2014.  Her international experience also includes working for two international magazines and several organisations including the Victorian Government, Australian Council of Social Service, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, ABC International, Commonwealth Youth Programme, Save the Children, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank and others. She is the author of The Grand Experiment, Hachette Livre and co-editor of Community Resilience in Natural Disasters (Macmillan 2011).

Dr Christina Martinez-Fernandez

Cristina is Senior Specialist, Environment and Decent Work, International Labour Organization (ILO) in Bangkok. She has previously worked with: the Asian Development Bank as an Education Specialist (skills and Employment); the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as Advisor of the Knowledge Sharing Alliance at the Secretary General’s Office, and as Senior Policy Analyst at the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development; and at Western Sydney University as Associate Professor. She is currently part of the ILO Global Team on Green Jobs and the Green Initiative. Apart from authoring and contributing to numerous internal documents for ILO and the OECD, Christina has published in a range of journals including European Planning Studies and Urban Geography.

Dr Christina Martinez-Fernandez

Dr Dhruba Gautam

Gautam is the founder, chairperson and executive director of National Disaster Risk-Reduction Centre (NDRC), Nepal. He holds a PhD in Disaster Governance and has over 27 years’ experience working on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), urban resilience, and sustainable livelihoods. He has conducted action research and evaluations in South Asia and Southeast Asian countries. Between 2002 and 2019, Gautam evaluated over 150 programs and projects funded by International development partners. Under Gautam’s leadership, NDRC has been awarded DfID Prizes for Farming for Biodiversity and Resilience (2017) and Adaptation-at-Scale (2016). He contributed to the Alliance for Integrated Development, which won the UNDP Equator Award (2014). Gautam has previously worked with PACT International, USAID; IUCN-The World Conservation Union; Plan International; MRMG/The Ford Foundation; and the European Union/integrated watershed project.

Associate Professor Robert Huish

Robert lectures in International Development Studies at Dalhousie University, Canada.  His research is focused largely on Cuba and North Korea and covers a wide range of topics including global health, social justice, and political/economic sanctions. He is the author of the 2013 study Going Where No Doctor Has Gone Before: Cuba’s Place in the Global Health Landscape, which explores how good health is often the product of social justice, as well as over 40 refereed articles on global health. Robert teaches several classes on global health at Dalhousie University and was Visiting Fellow at the University of Leipzig in Germany in 2018. In 2012 he was named as one of Canada’s most innovative educators in the Globe and Mail’s “Our Time to Lead” series.


Professor Sagar Raj Sharma

Sagar is Professor, Department of Development Studies, and Dean, School of Arts, Kathmandu University, Nepal. He holds a PhD in Development Economics from Fukuoka University, Japan. Sagar has worked extensively in fields including: foreign aid and development; land reform in Nepal; migration and development; and human development and ethics. He has worked in both the development and academic sectors, and has published widely on post-conflict state building, land reform and land access.

Dr Camellia Webb-Gannon

Mr Madhu Sudan Gautam

Madhu Sudan Gautam is a Programme Director at National Disaster Risk Reduction Centre (NDRC) Nepal. He is an expert in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate change adaptation. Madhu has broad experience in DRR and environmental policy assessment, impact evaluation, institutional mapping, research and findings, which have been disseminated through workshops and published reports. He is also an expert in quantitative and qualitative analysis and brings to HADRI experience of evaluation and community level studies in Nepal. Madhu has worked as a consultant, financial and disaster resilience expert and lead researcher for a number of governmental and non-governmental agencies related to policy reviews, needs assessments and impact studies of disaster risk, agriculture, climate change and adaptation.

Dr Mubashar Hasan

Mubashar is a Bangladeshi academic currently doing his Post-Doctoral Research fellowship at Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. He is an expert in religion, politics, security and migration in South Asia. He is published widely in academic journals and recently co-edited a book on Radicalization in South Asia (forthcoming Sage 2019). Mubashar has worked as a humanitarian journalist for IRIN News, the world’s largest humanitarian news agency. He has worked in public relations and communications and advised various government departments in Bangladesh, UN agencies and International NGOs. In 2018 he was awarded an Emerging Early Career Researcher by the US based Common Ground Research Network. Mubashar completed his PhD degree at Griffith University, where he founded , an online platform to promote dialogue.


Dr Scott Flower

Scott is Chief Executive Officer at Global Centre of Research & Engagement (GCORE). Scott holds a PhD in  Public Policy and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Australian National University. He has over 20 years of experience working in a range of professional and academic roles across of culturally and politically complex and insecure environments with vulnerable research participants. He has worked on emergency management, international relations, strategic policy and planning, intelligence and risk management with the Australian Federal Government, Multinational corporations and Universities. Scott is also regularly engaged as a specialist consultant on issues of resettlement, community development and political and security risk management for organisations operating in Papua New Guinea.

Dr Sushil Baral

Sushil is the Managing Director, HERD International, a research and development agency based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is the Technical Adviser of Health Research and Social Development Forum, Nepal, and provides strategic technical support to the Government of Nepal’s Department of Health on various programmes. Sushil is a researcher and public health expert, specialising in: designing and conducting mixed-methods research in developing country contexts; programme evaluations; and managing large-scale surveys using real time data collection technology with standard quality controls. He has led more than 150 research projects over the past decade. Sushil holds a PhD in International Health in Communicable Diseases from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, where he is also a Visiting Research Fellow.

Sushil Baral

Dr Uddhab Pyakurel

Uddhab is an academic at the School of Arts, Kathmandu University, Nepal. He holds a Ph.D. from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and is the author of several monographs including Maoist Movement in Nepal: A Sociological Perspective (New Delhi: Adroit Publishers, 2007). Uddhab often contributes articles to journals, book chapters and local newspapers on poverty, development, people’s participation, social inclusion/exclusion, state restructuring, conflict, identity, democracy, election, Indo-Nepal relations and other socio-political issues.