Monika Barthwal-Datta

Monika Barthwal-Datta photo

BA (Hons) Delhi, MA International Journalism Cardiff, MScEcon Security Studies Aberystwyth, PhD London
Food Security Project Leader

Monika Barthwal-Datta specialises in non-traditional security issues and critical security studies, with a regional focus on South Asia. Her recent book analyses the role of non-state actors as securitsing actors and security practitioners at the sub-state level in the region. At CISS, she is leading a two-year research project on Food Security in Asia funded by the US-based MacArthur Foundation. The project investigates emerging issues around Food Security in Asia, and their strategic and human security implications. Monika is currently a Lecturer in International Relations at UNSW.

Research Expertise

  • Non-Traditional Security
  • Critical Security Studies
  • Human Security
  • Securitisation Theory
  • International Politics of South Asia
  • Indian Foreign Policy



Barthwal-Datta, M. 2012 Understanding Security Practices in South Asia: Securitisation Theory and the Role of Non-State Actors, Routledge, Abingdon.

Book Sections

Barthwal-Datta, M. 2009 'India's Look East Policy: Challenges and Opportunities’ in D. Bosold and K. Brockmann (eds.) 2009, Regional Leaders in the Global Security Arena: Interests, Strategies and Capabilities, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Berlin, pp. 33-42.

Journal Articles

Barthwal-Datta, M. 2009 ‘Securitising without the State? A Case Study of Misgovernance as a security threat in Bangladesh’, Review of International Studies, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 277-300.

Conference Papers

Barthwal-Datta, M. ‘International Intervention: A New Agenda for Research’, at ‘Responsibility to Rebuild: Linking Infrastructure, Governance and Democratisation’, workshop hosted by University of Surrey, Guildford, June 18-19 2010.

Barthwal-Datta, M. 2009 ‘India’s rhetoric on climate security’, British Association for International Studies (BISA) annual conference, University of Leicester, December 13-15 2009.

Barthwal-Datta, M. 2009 ‘India-Iran relations following the Indo-US nuclear deal – Future Prospects and Regional Implications’, British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) annual conference, University of Edinburgh, March 29-31 2009.

Barthwal-Datta, M. 2008 ‘India’s Look East Policy: Challenges and Opportunities’, 11th New Faces Conference, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Berlin March 31-April 2 2008.

Barthwal-Datta, M. 2008 ‘Threats perception in South Asia – state level vs. sub-state level’, at ‘Threats Perceptions and Policy Responses’, workshop hosted by Centre for European Politics, Department of Politics and IR, Royal Holloway College, University of London, February 12 2008.

Barthwal-Datta, M. 2007 ‘Securitising without the State? The Copenhagen School, non-state actors and non-traditional security threats: a case study of misgovernance as a security threat in Bangladesh’, at BISA annual conference, University of Cambridge, December 17-19 2007.

Barthwal-Datta, M. 2007 ‘Taking the Traditional with the Non-Traditional: Understanding Security in South Asia’, at Political Studies Association (PSA) annual conference, University of Bath, April 11-13 2007

Barthwal-Datta, M. 2006 ‘Regional Security in South Asia: Tools for Analysis’, PSA annual conference, University of Reading, April 3-6 2006.