South Asia researchers


The University of Sydney is actively engaged with South Asia, and our researchers have expertise and involvement with the region in these areas of study:

  1. Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
  2. Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  3. Faculty of Education and Social Work
  4. Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies
  5. Faculty of Health Sciences
  6. Faculty of Pharmacy
  7. Faculty of Science
  8. Faculty of Veterinary Science
  9. Sydney Law School
  10. Sydney Medical School
  11. University of Sydney Business School

Faculty of Agriculture and Environment

A/Professor Tihomir Ancev
Agribusiness, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment

Dr Urmil Bansal
Plant Breeding Institute, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
1. ACIAR/ICAR - Indo/Australia Rust project - Mapping of new sources of rust resistance
2. Australian Leadership Award Fellowship - Rust resistance in wheat- two fellows from India and one Ph.D. student from Bhutan
3. Faster Wheat breeding Using Molecular technologies
4. ASIRF project - concluded

A/Professor Harbans Bariana
Plant Breeding Institute, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
1. ACIAR/ICAR - Indo/Australia Rust project - Mapping of new sources of rust resistance
2. Australian Leadership Award Fellowship - Rust resistance in wheat- two fellows from India and one Ph.D. student from Bhutan
3. Faster Wheat breeding Using Molecular technologies
4. ASIRF project - concluded

Dr Anowarul Bokshi
Plant and Food Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
Associated with PSLP (DAFT, formerly AusAID) funded Activity to government organisations in Bangladesh for conducting research on postharvest management of fresh produce, particularly on vegetables; improved practices for the supply chain management of fresh produce. The activity run several workshops and trainings program for the stakeholders on improved postharvest management of vegetables in the supply chain. The scientists from BARI and Hortex Foundation were trained by the University of Sydney, experienced on improved modern postharvest management practices through ‘Focus Course’ in Australia, later involved in the research for improved postharvest management and stakeholders training program.

Dr Tariq Chattha
Plant Breeding Institute, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
1. ACIAR/ICAR - Indo/Australia Rust project - Mapping of new sources of rust resistance
2. Australian Leadership Award Fellowship - Rust resistance in wheat- two fellows from India and one Ph.D. student from Bhutan
3. Faster Wheat breeding Using Molecular technologies

Professor Robert Park
Plant Breeding Institute, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
Cereal Rust research. I am an Objective Leader in a project funded by the Gates Foundation, coordinated by Cornell University, that is undertaking international surveillance of fungal rust diseases of cereals. One region of particular focus is South Asia, including not only India, but also Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh.

Professor Peter Sharp
Plant Breeding Institute, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
Molecular plant breeding. With Profressor Richard Trethowan, has has /has research supported by the Generation Challenge Program of the CGIAR, and now has a BBRSC/Gates supported project with the University of Nottingham that will support a Indian PhD student at Sydney.
South Asia Regional Advisory Group member

A/Professor Balwant Singh
Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
1) Application of tailor-made biochars in nutrients capturing from waterways; and 2) Using nutrient enriched biochars for soil application for agronomic benefits and increased carbon storage.
2.) Building resilience of dry land agro-ecosystems to climate change through increasing carbon sequestration

Dr Raju Tokachichu
Plant Breeding Institute, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
Research collaboration (along with Prof Richard Trethowan) with ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) based in Hyderabad

Professor Richard Trethowan
Plant Breeding Institute, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
1. Generating new wheat germplasm with enhanced drought/heat tolerance using AB genomes genetic diversity
2. Using genetic resources to improve the stress tolerance of wheat
3. Faster Wheat breeding Using Molecular technologies
4. Establishing links with ICRISAT
South Asia Regional Advisory Group member

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

A/Professor Willem Vervoort
Hydrology and Catchment Management, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment

Dr Thomas Barnes
Political Economy, School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
(1) labour in the informal economy; (2) Automotive industry in India (3) Comparative study of auto industry in India, China and Indonesia (4) Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellow, Delhi, 2013

Professor Dilip Dutta
School of Economics, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
1. Role of information and communication technology (ICT) on economic development, socio-economic dualism, trade liberalisation and endogenous growth in the context of South and Southeast Asian countries.
2.South Asian Studies Group - Promotes both academic and applied research on South Asian countries, in the metropolitan area of Sydney and community awareness of South Asia in Australia

Dr Damian Evans
School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
This project involves a comparative study of the landscape archaeology and settlement patterns surrounding the Hindu-Buddhist temple complexes of Cambodia and Sri Lanka. Recently published research from teams working in both regions will be reviewed and analysed, a range of new data will be acquired through fieldwork in Sri Lanka, and all datasets will be collated into a single framework to facilitate comparison. These data will be used as a foundation for identifying similarities and differences in material culture, palaeoenvironment, and spatial organisation of settlements in both areas over space and time.

Dr Elizabeth Hill
Political Economy, School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Indian economy - employment; industrial relations and labour conflict; informal work; care economy. IPDF funded project entitled Getting India to work: Employment dynamics and well-being in the new India.
South Asia Regional Advisory Group member

Dr Ahmar Mahboob
Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Language education in Pakistan. AusAID grant application to work on language and literacy in higher education

Dr (honoury) Geoffrey Oddie
Department of History, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
A two volume book edited by myself (as general editor) and entitled Hinduism in India is being published by Sage Delhi almost certainly later this year. There are about 18 contributors and three editors for the three different sections. Apart from two general introductions (one to vol 1 and one to vol.2) I have contributed a chapter in vol.2. Apart from that, three other articles have been completed and are awaiting publication in three different books overseas.

Professor Adrian Vickers
School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
South Asia Regional Advisory Group member

Faculty of Education and Social Work

Dr Arathi Sriprakash
Sociology of Education, International and Comparative Education , Faculty of Education and Social Work
Global citizenship education in India (Funded by the International Baccalaureate Organisation), and Pedagogic Reforms in Rural Tamil Nadu, India Bangalore.

A/Professor Tim Allender
History Education, Faculty of Education and Social Work
History of Education and History Curriculum; colonial female and village education; colonial education in North India; Education in Panjab under the Raj
1. Teaching training for India's slum children
2. Link with Delhi University - how girls learn Science in lab settings ASELL workshop.
3. Four workshops teacher training with Tata Institute of Social Sciences
South Asia Regional Advisory Group member

Dr Archana Preeti Voola
Faculty of Education and Social Work
Research is on exploring gender inequalities in the policy and practice of microfinance in India and Australia

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies

Professor Joseph Davis
School of Information Technologies , Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies
Knowledge Management, IT-Centric Services, Ontologies, Data Mining. Research to improve maternal and infant health in India ans Australia by perfecting a system for remote medical diagnosis using a portable ultrasound system.

Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr Claire Hiller
Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences
IPDF awarded project. Creating Musculoskeletal network in India working with AIIMS and Mahatma Gandhi Mission University of Health Sciences (MGMIHS) Mumbai
South Asia Regional Advisory Group member

A/Professor Zakia Hossain
Discipline of Behavioral and Social Sciences in Health , Faculty of Health Sciences
IPDF awarded project. Breast cancer awareness development project in Bangladesh; ISS funded project: Enhancing breast cancer awareness and breast screening project in Bangladesh; BOC project among University of Sydney and University of Malaya students

Dr Niamh Moloney
Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences
IPDF awarded project. Creating Musculoskeletal network in India working with AIIMS and PHFI

Professor Kathryn Refshauge
Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
IPDF funded project Australia-India Musculoskeletal Research Network

Professor Stephanie Short
Head, Discipline of Behavioral & Social Sciences in Health, Faculty of Health Sciences
1. Health workforce governance: good professionals, safer patients, improved access
2. Professor Stephanie Short is an associate supervisor to Mr Madhan Balasubramanian [PhD student] on a study regarding the ethical migration of Indian trained dentists to Australia.

Faculty of Pharmacy

Professor Iqbal Ramzan
Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy
South Asia Regional Advisory Group member
Research on pharmaceutical aerosol inhaler devices
Ongoing collaboration on pharmacokinetics of inhaled drugs in animal models
Advanced spray drying methods
Lung tissue engineering and drug delivery to the lungs for infections
Pulmonary drug delivery
Quality control and mechanism of action of traditional medicines including propolis
Incorporation of bioactive molecules such as antigens, DNAs, RNAs or siRNAs into nano-carriers for immunization or treatment of cancer
Antimicrobial resistance

Dr Bandana Saini
Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy
Medicine use and chronic care education in Indian patients with asthma

Faculty of Science

Professor Jonathan Aitchison
School of Geosciences, Faculty of Science
India-Asia collision tectonics; AISRF funded researchUSyd and ANU researchers and in India the universities of Kashmir and Assam (and now obviously JMIbut also Delhi where Talat Ahmad retains his lab)
Thie project reference is AISRF07021 and it is entitled: Inter-dependencies of deep crustal and surficial geological processes during continental collision - essentially what this means is that we are tracking. Development of the India-Asia collision by looking at the sediments that are being eroded off the Himalayan mountains as they are uplifted. Fieldwork parts of this project are carried out in Aranachal Pradesh, Shillong Plateau, and Nagaland in the NE and in Kashmir (particularly Ladakh) in the NW.

Professor John Canning
School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

PhD candidate Chetan Choithani
School of Geosciences, Faculty of Science
Food security and rural development institutions

Professor Maxwell Crossley
School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Received a senior fellowship to India from the Australian Academy of Science

Professor Clarke Geoffrey
School of Geosciences, Faculty of Science
India-Asia collision tectonics; AISRF funded research

Professor Nalini Joshi
School of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science
Mathematics of Integrable systems; Discrete and continuous nonlinear systems; Painleve equations, a system of non-linear equations; Approximation methods

Professor Dietmar Muller
School of Geosciences, Faculty of Science
AISRF funded project- Towards a unified East Gondwanaland and its implications for Himalayan Orogeny.

Dr Bibhash Nath
School of Geosciences, Faculty of Science
a) Understanding the key biogeochemical processes of arsenic mobility in the alluvial aquifers of Bengal delta region (India and Bangladesh).
b) Safe and sustainable use of groundwater resources in the Gangetic floodplain.

A/Professor Bill Pritchard
School of Geosciences, Faculty of Science
Food security and rural development institutions.
South Asia Regional Advisory Group member

Faculty of Veterinary Science

Dr Russell Bush
Animal Nutrition and Livestock Production, Faculty of Veterinary Science
Leading a beef marketing project in Lao PDR and two village level biosecurity projects in Cambodia and Lao PDR. All three projects are ACIAR funded and due to commence mid 2014. I am also involved with a milk improvbement project in Pakistan (ACIAR funded led by CSU) and about to contribute on-farm production training to an IndoBeef project (ACIAR funded and consortium led by UNE).

Dr Navneet Dhand
Veterinary Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Faculty of Veterinary Science
Livestock epidemiology in the Panjab
South Asia Regional Advisory Group member

Dr Suresh Gulati
Nutrition, Faculty of Veterinary Science
Research to boost productivity and the nutritional quality of milk. Research focuses on using improved feed supplements manufactured from ago-industrial by-products.

A/Professor Peter Thomson
Veterinary Biometry; Statistical Genetics, Faculty of Veterinary Science
Advice on an ACIAR project (mainly coordinated from Murdoch Uni) on an animal nutrition study in Tibet.

Sydney Law School

Professor Ben Boer
Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law, Sydney Law School
Consultancy to intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and conducting research for various departments of the Australian Federal Government

Professor Nottage Luke
Professor of Comparative and Transnational Business Law, Sydney Law School
Disaster Management

A/Professor Ben Saul
International Law, Sydney Law School
International law; south Asia interests are: human rights, conflict, terrorism, constitutionalism, development, and international law in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan.
South Asia Regional Advisory Group member

Sydney Medical School

A/Professor Michael Dibley
School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School
A community-based cluster randomized controlled trial in rural Bangladesh to evaluate the impact of the use of iron/folic acid supplements early in pregnancy on the risk of neonatal mortalityBACKGROUND An effective program of antenatal iron/folic ac

Dr Shauna Down
Menzies Centre for Health Policy, Sydney Medical School
Health Foundation of India. I mainly work with Dr. Suparna Ghosh-Jerath (a nutritionist) and Dr. Archna Singh (MD/Biochemist).

Clinical A/Professor Naren Gunja
Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Westmead Clinical School, Sydney Medical School

A/Professor Lisa Harvey
John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research , Sydney Medical School
Three ongoing projects in Bangladesh relating to spinal cord injuries

A/Professor Richard Hillman
CIDM-Sexual Health, Sydney Medical School
Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV/AIDs

Professor Richard Lindley
Westmead Clinical School, Sydney Medical School
Family-Led Rehabilitation after Stroke in India - The ATTEND Trial

Associate Professor Ben Mariais
Associate Professor, Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead, Sydney Medical School
(TB Research Institue Chennai CMC Vellore) Joint research protocols on childhood tuberculosis and drug resistant infections.

Professor Anushka Patel
The George Institute of Global Health, Sydney Medical School
A smartphone-based clinical decision support system for primary health care workers to improve the detection and management of hypertension and associated cardiovascular risk in rural India

Dr Camille Raynes-Greenow
Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, The Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical School, Sydney School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School
Reducing perinatal morbidity and mortality associated with indoor air pollution from traditional cook stoves.

Professor Glenn Salkeld
School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School
Worked on projects with the George Institute

Dr Anthony Santella
Medicine (Immunology & Infectious Diseases), Westmead, Sydney Medical School
(Public Health Foundation of India) Indian dentists' knowledge and attitudes to HIV and willingness to conduct rapid HIV testing with Dr. Priscilla Nghaite.

Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar
Sexually Transmitted Infections Research Centre, Sydney Medical School
PSLP funded project in association with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) to start the process of developing linkages and build local capacity in the field of STIs and HIV education and research and work together to aim to achieve a reduction in the health impacts of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV in India and extend and strengthen India’s response to STIs and HIV.
South Asia Regional Advisory Group member

Clinical A/Professor Smita Shah
Clinical Associate Professor, Public Health, School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School

Professor William Tarnow-Mordi
NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, Sydney Medical School

Dr Anne Marie Thow
Menzies Centre for Health Policy, Sydney Medical School
Child under nutrition and infant and young child feeding in South Asia: improving capacity for surveillance and interventions. SAIFRN coordinates international collaboration among research groups from a range of organisations across India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

A/Professor Lyndal Trevena
General Practice, School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School
Cervical cancer prevention. A program offering simple low tech screening, and providing instant information about cervical cancer for mobile phone users.

Professor Bruce Neal
Chair of Vascular Epidemiology and Prevention, The George Institute of Global Health, Sydney Medical School

A/Professor Clara Chow
Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease, The George Institute for International Health, Sydney Medical School
(George Institute India) Collaborative projects in India, supervision of students, co-investigators on grant applicatinos.

Dr Rohina Joshi
The George Institute of Global Health, Sydney Medical School
Controlling Hypertension in rural India (CHIRI) - Overcoming barriers to diagnosis and effective treatment
Systematic Medical Appraisal, Referral and Treatment (SMART) Health in rural India


Professor Robyn Norton
Principal Director of The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney Medical School
Management of hip fractures in older people in India

Dr Vlado Perkovic
Executive Director, The George Institute of Global Health, Sydney Medical School

University of Sydney Business School

Dr Ravi Seethamraju
Discipline of Accounting , University of Sydney Business School
Two projects are underway: The first project is a comparative study (Australia, India, USA and South Africa) of the adoption, use and impact of ERP systems on business agility and firm performance. This study funded by own funds of the researchers and a grant application is pending ii) The second project titled "Service availability mapping for improved public health service deliery in regional India". It aims to develop mobile-based IT solution for mapping, monitoring and improving the public health service deliery processes of a selected disease in regional India.

Dr Richard Seymour
Discipline of International Business, University of Sydney Business School
Innovation and Entrepreneurship

A/Professor Ranjit Voola
Discipline of Marketing, University of Sydney Business School
Director, Poverty Alleviation and Profitability Research Group.
http://sydney.edu.au/business/research/poverty_and_profits

Professor Sid Gray
Discipline of International Business, University of Sydney Business School
The adoption and implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards in India; market entry and operational strategies of Australian companies in India. South Asia Regional Advisory Group member.

Mr Vikas Kumar
Discipline of International Business, University of Sydney Business School
EMIRG network -The Emerging Market Internationalization Research Group (EMIRG) is devoted to studying the internationalization strategies of emerging market firms as well as those of western multinationals in emerging markets which include India.
Study tour to India - cohort of students spend two weeks in India working on case studies.

Dr Chinmay Pattnaik
Discipline of International Business , University of Sydney Business School
Indian economic liberalization; Indian Society; Doing Business in India; Indian Management System; Strategy of Indian Firms; Indian Multinational Corporations

Professor Gail Pearson
Discipline of Business Law, University of Sydney Business School
Legal Systems in India: Interactions between tradition and modernity; commercial and consumer law
South Asia Regional Advisory Group member