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August 25, 2020

On August 13-14 the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS) ran a fascinating 2-day workshop on alternative imaginaries of China's presence in Southeast Asia.

Supported by the Max Weber Foundation (

August 25, 2020

August 12 marked the United Nations International Youth Day 2020. The theme for this year was 'Youth Engagement for Global Action'. As the world faces multiple, intersecting, crises of a global reach, young people across the globe have been standing up and calling for...

July 31, 2020

Last night I had the opportunity to chat with the Wall Street Journal's (WSJ) China Bureau Chief, Jonathan Cheng, about some of the geopolitics surrounding the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). 

One of the fascinating things about multilateral developmen...

July 31, 2020

This week the DSAA launched an exciting new blog on learning and teaching in development studies. This blog is a small effort to contribute to the many other recent and ongoing activities being undertaken to promote development studies learning and teaching collaborati...

I have another beautiful piece of student writing to share with you.

As previously discussed on this blog, each year students of my 'Critical Issues in Global Development' subject complete a reflexive diary in which they consider (amongst other things) how positionality...

June 7, 2020

2020 has been a challenging year. In Australia we started the new decade with devastating bushfires. The fires had barely burned when the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, and since then there have been locust outbreaks and other 'natural' disasters across the Majority world,...

May 27, 2020

This post is a little overdue, but better late than never I guess...

I recently(ish) published a new chapter in Viktor Jakupec, Max Kelly and Jonathan Makuwira's (eds.) new book Rethinking Multilateralism in Foreign Aid: Beyond the Neoliberal Hegemony.

Across 15 chapters...

May 27, 2020

This year I had the privilege of delivering the SSEAC 2020 Politics in Action Update on Laos.

Sydney Southeast Asia Centre’s annual Politics in Action forum brings political updates from Southeast Asia to researchers and practitioners from across the disciplines and bey...

February 9, 2020

Below is a short (satirical) poem about development. In Week 1 of my Critical Issues in Global Development subject, one of the set readings is Ross Coggin's The Development Set. I find creative mediums (poetry, literature, paintings, films) open up different...

November 12, 2019

Last month I published my first piece with East Asia Forum. 'Cooperation and Contestation between ADB and AIIB' is a short comparative analysis of the Asian Development Bank...

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