Dr Tanya Jakimow

Senior Lecturer
PhD Development Studies (University of Melbourne) Bachelor Arts/Asian Studies (ANU)
School of Social Sciences


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Fields: Anthropology of Development

Tanya Jakimow is an ARC research fellow and senior lecturer in development studies in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. Tanya’s research is grounded in the anthropology of development, conceived broadly to include the critical study of intentional development, as well as processes of immanent development. Her current research (2013-17) funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award investigates the ways new forms of decentralised governance and community driven development engender possibilities and foreclosures for creative self-fashioning. In Medan Indonesia, She is working with volunteers from an urban development program to trace the ways their involvement has resulted in new modes of being, and new self-other relations. In Dehradun India, her focus is the individuals elected as parshads, (ward members at the lowest level of urban governance) in seats reserved for women or lower castes.

Tanya Jakimow has previously published on topics such as non-government organizations, civil society, agrarian change and livelihoods in India and Indonesia. Her post-doctoral research applied anthropological perspectives to understandings of agrarian livelihoods, contributing to inter-disciplinary projects examining responses to climate variability. Her forthcoming book Decentring Development: Understanding change in agrarian societies, to be publlished by Palgrave MacMillan as part of Anthropology Change and Development series draws upon this research. Through a comparison of two agrarian societies - Telangana, India, and Central Lombok, Indonesia – she reveals how transformations to self are critical factors shaping change, as well as under-recognized consequences of development initiatives.


Community-driven development, decentralisation, personhood/self, non-government organizations, civil society, the state and social change


Areas of supervision

Anthropology of development, civil society, NGOs, government and the post-colonial state, decentralization, agrarian change, livelihoods


Teaching and Supervision

Tanya Jakimow’s teaching interests include the anthropology of development, conceived broadly to include issues of globalization, social change and civil society.

ARTS1752 - Development in a Global Context

Engagement and Professional contributions

Member of the Asian Studies Association of Australia

Member of the South Asian Studies Association of Australia

Member of the International Union of anthropological and ethnological sciences

Member of the Development Studies Association, UK