Dr Srinjoy Bose

Lecturer
PhD (ANU)
School of Social Sciences

Contact

9385 1807
Room 131, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus

Consultation

Tuesday, 14:00 - 16:00
Fields: Comparative Government and Politics, International Relations, Political Economy, Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
Tags: Government and Politics, International Relations, International Aid and Development

I am a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, and I research topics in critical peace/security studies including, political order and violence, international intervention, state formation, conflict transition/transformation, democratisation, good governance and state capacity, warlord/insurgent/rebel governance, security sector reform, and the political economy of statebuilding and peacebuilding in 'fragile' and deeply divided states and societies.

My current research agenda comprises two core (and long-term) studies: First, I am working towards publishing my first book, titled The Legitimacy Puzzle: Statebuilding in Post-Conflict Afghanistan. The book explores the sources of state legitimacy and impact of legitimation strategies on statebuilding in Afghanistan, and represents a comprehensive and original attempt to place Afghanistan’s post-2001 statebuilding project within an easily accessible political-sociology framework. It also explores the extent to which the internationally-assisted statebuilding project was misconceived, overlooking the critical importance of connecting international and local legitimacy principles through the newly designed institutions and structures in which the authority of state was vested. Concurrently, I have developed a follow-on study - titled, Democracy Promotion and State-Formation in Limited Access Orders: a Political Economy Study of Elections in Afghanistan - that adds to critiques of the rise of democracy promotion, and employs political economy analyses to understand the more focused research on the perverse effects of elections in Afghanistan. This study de-constructs and denaturalises the idea of the Weberian state, blurring the binary distinctions between state and non-state, legitimate and illegitimate and highlight the networks, coalitions, and material foundations that underpin or undermine the state. The thinking is, if political transitions are primarily about the restoration (or creation) of legitimate political authority, this suggests a need to focus attention on the ‘vernacular’ of local politics.

Research

I am a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, and I research topics in critical peace/security studies including, political order and violence, international intervention, state formation, conflict transition/transformation, democratisation, warlord/insurgent/rebel governance, security sector reform, and the political economy of statebuilding and peacebuilding in 'fragile' and deeply divided states and societies.
 
In May 2018 I joined the School of Social Sciences, UNSW, as Lecturer / Assistant Professor in International Relations. Previously, I was European Union COFUND (Marie Sklowodska-Curie) Fellow at the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University (UK). Prior to that, from 2011 to 2016, I was Prime Minister's Australia-Asia Endeavour Postgraduate Award scholar at The Australian National University (ANU), where I earned my PhD in Politics and International Relations. I also consult as a geopolitics, security, and NGO analyst. In my different professional capacities, I work with public-sector experts, government officials, diplomats, UN/World Bank and INGO representatives, activists, and even armed groups.
 
I am co-Editor of Hybridity on the Ground in Peacebuilding and Development: Critical Conversations (The ANU Press, 2018), 'Critical Hybridity in Peacebuilding and Development' (Third World Thematics: a TWQ Journal 2:4, 2017/2018), Afghanistan--Challenges and Prospects (Routledge, 2017), and 'Elections and the State: Critical Perspectives on Democracy Promotion in Afghanistan' (Conflict, Security and Development 16:6, 2016). In addition, I have published in several leading peer-reviewed journals including Third World Thematics: a TWQ Journal, Global Responsibility to Protect, Conflict, Security and Development, Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, India Review, and Australian Journal of International Affairs. I frequently review for the journals Third World QuarterlyGlobal Policy, and Middle East Critique.

Publications

Teaching

UNSW (SoSS, POLSIR Cluster) Teaching:

  • POLS5131 - Terrorism and Political Violence
  • POLS5161 - Developing Countries and IR
  • POLS5102 - Australia in the World
  • ARTS1846 - Politics, Peace and Prosperity

Previous Teaching:

Durham University, School of Government & International Affairs (2016-2017)

  • ‘Dirty War: Conflict in an Urbanising World’ (Convener & Lecturer)
  • ‘Peace Processes and Political Negotiation’ (Convener & Lecturer)
  • ‘Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Stabilisation, Development, and Statebuilding’ (Convener & Lecturer)
  • ‘Humanitarian Intervention’ (Convener & Lecturer)
  • ‘MSc Dissertation Workshop’ (Convener & Lecturer)
  • ‘Conflict Sensitive Programme Management’ (Convener)

The Australian National University, Department of International Relations (2012-2015)

  • ‘International Relations Theory’ (Guest Lecturer & Teaching Assistant)
  • ‘Writing International Relations’ (Guest Lecturer & Teaching Assistant)
  • ‘Global Security’ (Guest Lecturer & Teaching Assistant)

Honours and prizes

  • European Union COFUND (Marie Sklowodska-Curie) Fellowship: 2017-2019; £76,000.
  • United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Research Grant: 2016; $36,000.
  • Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs (ANU) Travel Grant: 2015; $1,000.
  • Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship: 2015; €6,000.
  • ANU Vice-Chancellor's Travel Grant: 2013; $1,000.
  • Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs (ANU) Fieldwork Grant: 2013; $7,000.
  • Prime Minister's Australia-Asia Endeavour Postgraduate Award: 2010; $252,000.
  • National University of Singapore Research Scholarship: 2007: $52,000.

 

Professional contribution

Reviewer for journals:

  • Third World Quarterly (Taylor & Francis)
  • Global Policy (Wiley-Blackwell)
  • Middle East Critique (Taylor & Francis)

University service / UNSW committees:

  • Deputy Chair / Secretary, FASS ECA sub-Committee
  • SoSS Representative, FASS ECA sub-Committee

Affiliations and membership

Professional memberships:

  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • European International Studies Association (EISA)
  • British International Studies Association (BISA) and BISA Peacekeeping & Peacebuilding Associate Working Group
  • Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)

Other affiliations:

  • Visiting Research Fellow (2016-2019). Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University.
  • Salzburg Global Fellow. Salzburg Global Seminar.

 

 

Related links

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2281-8447
SCOPUS ID: 56299867700

 

Other information

For a full list of ongoing and completed research projects, and up-to-date publications, please visit my UNSW Researcher profile: https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-srinjoy-bose