Dr Susan Banki
A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney
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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.
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
- GOVT 6117 International Politics of Human Rights
- HRTD6903 Dynamics of Human Rights Violations
- HRTD 6905 Human Rights Intensive
- 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)
In the media
- Banki, Susan (2014) “Squandering our diplomatic savings,” SBS online (23 January), http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/01/23/comment-squandering-our-diplomatic-savings
- Banki, S. (2013), 'Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, Cynthia Maung to receive honorary degrees in Sydney', The Sydney Morning Herald, November 7, http://www.smh.com.au/comment/myanmars-aung-san-suu-kyi-cynthia-maung-to-receive-honorary-degrees-in-sydney-20131106-2x1lx.html
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