Dr Susan Banki

Senior Lecturer

A22 - Old Teachers' College
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4279

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Biographical details

Susan Banki's research interests lie in the political, institutional, and legal contexts that explain the roots of and solutions to international human rights violations. In particular, she is interested in the ways that questions of sovereignty, citizenship/membership and humanitarian principles have shaped our understanding of and reactions to various transnational phenomena, such as the international human rights regime, international migration and the provision of international aid. Susan's focus is in the Asia-Pacific region, where she has conducted extensive field research in Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh and Japan on refugee/migrant protection, statelessness and border control. She is currently investigating the local, regional and international mechanisms (and the interactions between them) that serve as potential levers for change.

Research interests

Her current research and teaching interests include:

  • forced displacement and international migration
  • refugee resettlement
  • transnational social movements
  • human rights at the United Nations
  • humanitarian assistance.

Teaching and supervision

See Dr. Banki’s approach to teaching here: Video: "Principles and Practices of Teaching" - Dr Susan Banki, Institute for Teaching and Learning

Past Teaching

  • GOVT 6117 International Politics of Human Rights

Current Teaching

  • HRTD6903 Dynamics of Human Rights Violations
  • HRTD 6905 Human Rights Intensive

Masters Supervision

  • Stephanie Bracken: 'Translation and International Reproductive Rights NGOs: Reluctant to Engage with Cultural Norms?'
  • Sarah Copland: 'Israeli Identity and The African 'Other': A Critical Examination of Attitudes Towards African Refugees in Israel.'
  • Ivone Rebelo: 'Understanding the Mental Health Impact of Human Rights Violations: Case Study of Labour Trafficking in Thailand'
  • Kamal Sigdel: 'Refugees and Geopolitics: Exploring the US and Indian Influences in the Treatment of Bhutanese and Tibetan Refugees in Nepal'

Awards and honours

  • 2012, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2013, Vice-Chancellor’s Outstanding Teaching Award (Early Career)
  • 2013, Office of Learning and Teaching, Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (national award);
  • 2014, Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award, for: Banki, S. (2013). Refugee Camp Education: Populations Left Behind. In Lesley Bartlett, Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher (Eds.), Refugees, Immigrants, and Education in the Global South: Lives in Motion, (pp. 133-148). New York, United States: Routledge.

In the media

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2013

  • Filling the Social Justice Gap; Banki S, Rice S, Otto D, Kenny M, Hartley L, Stubbs M, Orchard P, Berg L; Office of Learning and Teaching, Australian Government/Innovation & Development.

2012

  • Refugee Activism and Social Movements: the Transformation of Homeland Politics; Banki S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).
  • The Treaty Implementation and the Creation of Domestic Political Venues Research Group; Beem B, Smith R, Banki S, Shearing S; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Banki, S. (2014). Precarity of Place: a complement to the growing precariat literature. In Matthew Johnson (Eds.), Precariat: Labour, Work and Politics, (pp. 66-79). London and New York: Routledge.
  • Banki, S. (2013). Refugee Camp Education: Populations Left Behind. In Lesley Bartlett, Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher (Eds.), Refugees, Immigrants, and Education in the Global South: Lives in Motion, (pp. 133-148). New York, United States: Routledge.
  • Banki, S. (2012). Refugees as Educators: The Potential for Positive Impact on Educational Systems. In Margaret Vickers and Florence McCarthy (Eds.), Refugee and Immigrant Students: Achieving Equity in Education, (pp. 43-64). North Carolina, USA: Information Age Publishing.
  • Banki, S., Lang, H. (2008). Protracted Displacement on the Thai-Burmese Border: The Interrelated Search for Durable Solutions. In Howard Adelman (Eds.), Protracted Displacement in Asia: No place to call home, (pp. 59-81). hampshire: Ashgate.
  • Banki, S. (2008). Resettlement of the Bhutanese from Nepal: The Durable Solution Discourse. In Howard Adelman (Eds.), Protracted Displacement in Asia: No place to call home, (pp. 29-55). hampshire: Ashgate.

Journals

  • Banki, S. (2014). Bhutan: What future for minorities in the emerging democracy? East Asia Forum Quarterly, 6(1), 22-23.
  • Banki, S. (2013). Precarity of Place: a complement to the growing precariat literature. Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought, 3(3-4), 450-463. [More Information]
  • Banki, S., Valiente-Riedl, E., Duffill, P. (2013). Teaching Human Rights at the Tertiary Level: Addressing the 'Knowing–Doing Gap' through a Role-Based Simulation Approach. Journal of Human Rights Practice, 5(2), 318-336. [More Information]
  • Banki, S. (2013). The Paradoxical Power of Precarity: Refugees and Homeland Activism. Refugee Review.
  • Banki, S. (2013). The Transformation of Homeland Politics in the Era of Resettlement: Bhutanese refugees in Nepal and the diaspora. European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, 43, 120-143.
  • Banki, S. (2013). Urbanity, Precarity, and Homeland Activism. Burmese Migrants in Global Cities. Moussons, 22, 1-21.
  • Banki, S. (2009). Contested Regimes, Aid Flows, and Refugee Flows: The Case of Burma. Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 28(2), 47-73.
  • Banki, S., Lang, H. (2008). Difficult to remain: the impact of mass resettlement. Forced Migration Review (English Edition), April 2008, 42-44.
  • Banki, S. (2006). Burmese Refugees in Tokyo: Livelihoods in the Urban Environment. Journal of Refugee Studies, 19(3), 328-344.
  • Banki, S. (2006). The Triad of Transnationalism, Legal Recognition, and Local Community: Shaping Political Space for the Burmese Refugees in Japan. Refuge: Canada's periodical on refugees, 23(2), 36-46.

Conferences

  • Banki, S. (2013). Conduit strategies in refugee contexts and the educational implications for populations left behind. International Studies Association Conference, US.
  • Banki, S. (2013). Precarity of Place: a complement to the growing precariat literature (conference proceedings). Power and Justice in the Contemporary World-System Conference, US.
  • Banki, S. (2012). A Tale of Two Prime Ministers: Australia’s Asylum Seeker 'Solutions'. Oceanic Conference of International Studies, Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney.
  • Banki, S. (2012). Refugee Activism and Social Movements: the Transformation of Homeland Politics. International Studies Association Conference 2012, San Diego: International Studies Association.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Banki, S., Abbas, H. (2007). The broken promises of military rule. The Boston Globe, 2007 (November 17).

Report

  • Banki, S., Phillips, N. (2014). "We are the victims of the separation": A report on Bhutanese refugees remaining in Nepal. [More Information]
  • Banki, S., Lang, H. (2007). Planning for the Future: The Impact of Resettlement on the Remaining Camp Population.

Other

  • Banki, S. (2010), Resolving Immigration Status: Comparative Case Studies.
  • Banki, S. (2010), Resolving Immigration Status: Review of the International Literature.
  • Banki, S. (2008), Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal: Anticipating the Impact of Resettlement.
  • Banki, S. (2008), Can Aid Change Burma?.
  • Banki, S. (2008), Kilt.
  • Banki, S. (2008), Responses to Statelessness.
  • Banki, S. (2007), Asean Goes Silent on Burma, Again.
  • Banki, S. (2007), Protracted Refugee Situations. A State of Limbo.
  • Banki, S. (2004), Refugee integration in the intermediate term: a study of Nepal, Pakistan, and Kenya.

2014

  • Banki, S., Phillips, N. (2014). "We are the victims of the separation": A report on Bhutanese refugees remaining in Nepal. [More Information]
  • Banki, S. (2014). Bhutan: What future for minorities in the emerging democracy? East Asia Forum Quarterly, 6(1), 22-23.
  • Banki, S. (2014). Precarity of Place: a complement to the growing precariat literature. In Matthew Johnson (Eds.), Precariat: Labour, Work and Politics, (pp. 66-79). London and New York: Routledge.

2013

  • Banki, S. (2013). Conduit strategies in refugee contexts and the educational implications for populations left behind. International Studies Association Conference, US.
  • Banki, S. (2013). Precarity of Place: a complement to the growing precariat literature. Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought, 3(3-4), 450-463. [More Information]
  • Banki, S. (2013). Precarity of Place: a complement to the growing precariat literature (conference proceedings). Power and Justice in the Contemporary World-System Conference, US.
  • Banki, S. (2013). Refugee Camp Education: Populations Left Behind. In Lesley Bartlett, Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher (Eds.), Refugees, Immigrants, and Education in the Global South: Lives in Motion, (pp. 133-148). New York, United States: Routledge.
  • Banki, S., Valiente-Riedl, E., Duffill, P. (2013). Teaching Human Rights at the Tertiary Level: Addressing the 'Knowing–Doing Gap' through a Role-Based Simulation Approach. Journal of Human Rights Practice, 5(2), 318-336. [More Information]
  • Banki, S. (2013). The Paradoxical Power of Precarity: Refugees and Homeland Activism. Refugee Review.
  • Banki, S. (2013). The Transformation of Homeland Politics in the Era of Resettlement: Bhutanese refugees in Nepal and the diaspora. European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, 43, 120-143.
  • Banki, S. (2013). Urbanity, Precarity, and Homeland Activism. Burmese Migrants in Global Cities. Moussons, 22, 1-21.

2012

  • Banki, S. (2012). A Tale of Two Prime Ministers: Australia’s Asylum Seeker 'Solutions'. Oceanic Conference of International Studies, Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney.
  • Banki, S. (2012). Refugee Activism and Social Movements: the Transformation of Homeland Politics. International Studies Association Conference 2012, San Diego: International Studies Association.
  • Banki, S. (2012). Refugees as Educators: The Potential for Positive Impact on Educational Systems. In Margaret Vickers and Florence McCarthy (Eds.), Refugee and Immigrant Students: Achieving Equity in Education, (pp. 43-64). North Carolina, USA: Information Age Publishing.

2010

  • Banki, S. (2010), Resolving Immigration Status: Comparative Case Studies.
  • Banki, S. (2010), Resolving Immigration Status: Review of the International Literature.

2009

  • Banki, S. (2009). Contested Regimes, Aid Flows, and Refugee Flows: The Case of Burma. Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 28(2), 47-73.

2008

  • Banki, S. (2008), Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal: Anticipating the Impact of Resettlement.
  • Banki, S. (2008), Can Aid Change Burma?.
  • Banki, S., Lang, H. (2008). Difficult to remain: the impact of mass resettlement. Forced Migration Review (English Edition), April 2008, 42-44.
  • Banki, S. (2008), Kilt.
  • Banki, S., Lang, H. (2008). Protracted Displacement on the Thai-Burmese Border: The Interrelated Search for Durable Solutions. In Howard Adelman (Eds.), Protracted Displacement in Asia: No place to call home, (pp. 59-81). hampshire: Ashgate.
  • Banki, S. (2008). Resettlement of the Bhutanese from Nepal: The Durable Solution Discourse. In Howard Adelman (Eds.), Protracted Displacement in Asia: No place to call home, (pp. 29-55). hampshire: Ashgate.
  • Banki, S. (2008), Responses to Statelessness.

2007

  • Banki, S. (2007), Asean Goes Silent on Burma, Again.
  • Banki, S., Lang, H. (2007). Planning for the Future: The Impact of Resettlement on the Remaining Camp Population.
  • Banki, S. (2007), Protracted Refugee Situations. A State of Limbo.
  • Banki, S., Abbas, H. (2007). The broken promises of military rule. The Boston Globe, 2007 (November 17).

2006

  • Banki, S. (2006). Burmese Refugees in Tokyo: Livelihoods in the Urban Environment. Journal of Refugee Studies, 19(3), 328-344.
  • Banki, S. (2006). The Triad of Transnationalism, Legal Recognition, and Local Community: Shaping Political Space for the Burmese Refugees in Japan. Refuge: Canada's periodical on refugees, 23(2), 36-46.

2004

  • Banki, S. (2004), Refugee integration in the intermediate term: a study of Nepal, Pakistan, and Kenya.

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