Position/s

Professor
School of International Studies

Qualifications

BA Hons in Geography, University of Durham
PhD in Geography, University of Durham

Key responsibilities

Director of the Centre for Development Studies and discipline leader
Chair of the School of International Studies Research Committee

Teaching interests

I teach broadly in the field of development studies. Special interests lie in gender and development, and culture and development, and I contribute to topics on sustainable development and international work integrated learning.

Topic Coordinator:

  • DVST8010  Development Problems, Policies and Programs
  • DVST9022  Theory and Evidence in International Development
  • DVST9035  Development Studies International Practicum
  • INST1001  Regions in Global Contexts

Research expertise

  • Human geography

Research interests

My research has focused on two main fields of study:

  • Critical development studies (esp. development volunteering, culture and social change, gender and development, poverty reduction policy making)
  • Social and cultural geographies of migration, ethnicity and race  (esp. refugee and migrant settlement, constructions of racial and ethnic identities)
In critical development studies my work has focused on analysing the conceptual premises on which development policies and development scholarship are based. Empirically this work has centred on the role of ICTs in development, the participatory turn, gender and poverty reduction strategies. My current research project examines the impacts of international volunteering on host organisations and volunteers, as well as on constructions of development cooperation as partnership.

In social and cultural geography my research has examined how migrants and refugees reconstruct their identities in Australia within terrains and settlement contexts that are structured by race, class, gender, and underpinned by often implicit notions of modernity and development. Currently my attention is drawn to the ways in which the experiences and impacts of migration manifest differently in different places, and how sub-state regions shape these social transformations through migration.

External grants:
Cosmopolitan development: the impacts of international volunteering (ARC LP120200085; 2012-2015)
From stranger to citizen: migration, modernisation and racialisation in the making of the new Australian
(ARC DP0665782; 2006-07)  

Supervisory interests

  • Aid, international development and trade in services
  • Gender and development
  • Identity constructions of refugees and migrants

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : migrant settlement (1) ;

Associate supervisor : International development (3) ;

Completion

Principal supervisor : International development (3) ; Migration ethnicity & race (3) ;

Associate supervisor : International development (3) ;

Publications

  • Schech, S.B. (2014). Culture and Development. In Vandana Desai & Robert B. Potter, ed. The Companion to Development Studies. London: Routledge, pp. 42-46.
  • Schech, S.B. and Rainbird, S. (2013). Negotiating Integration: Refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and the UK. In N Steiner, R Mason & A Hayes, ed. Migration and Insecurity Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era. New York, USA: Routledge, pp. 108-126.
  • Haggis, J. and Schech, S.B. (2009). Migrants, masculinities and work in the Australian national imaginary. In Donaldson, M., Higgins, R., Howson R. and Pease, B., ed. Migrant men: Critical studies of masculinities and the migration experience. New York, US: Routledge, pp. 60-76.
  • Schech, S.B. and Haggis, J. (2003). Culture and development a critical introduction. Taipei: Chu Liu Book Company.
  • Schech, S.B. and Haggis, J. (2000). Culture and Development: A critical Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Schech, S.B. (2012). Ananya Roy, Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development (pages 270-271) Susanne Schech. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 33(2) pp. 270-271.
    [10.1111/j.1467-9493.2012.00462.x]
  • Schech, S.B. (2011). Geographies of development in the 21st century. By Sylvia Chant and Cathy McIlwaine. Geographical Journal, 177(1) pp. 97-98.
    [10.1111/j.1475-4959.2010.00388.x]
  • Schech, S.B. (2010). Introduction to International Development: Approaches, Actors, and Issues (eds P. A. Haslam, J. Schafer and P. Beaudet) Geographical Research, 4 pp. 451-453.
  • Schech, S.B. (2014). editor. Development Perspectives from the Antipodes. Routledge.
  • Schech, S.B. and Wadham, B.A. (2005). Editors. Proceedings of the Placing Race and Localising Whiteness Conference. Bedford Park, SA: Flinders University.
  • Schech, S.B. (2013). Silent Bargain or Rural Cosmopolitanism? Refugee Settlement in Regional Australia. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40(4) pp. 601-618.
    [10.1080/1369183X.2013.830882]
  • Schech, S.B. (2012). Teaching Ways of Seeing Development in the Global South: An Introduction. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 36(3) pp. 323-327.
    [10.1080/03098265.2012.696189] [Scopus]
  • Schech, S.B. (2012). Seeing Like a Region: Parliamentary Discourses on Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Scotland and South Australia. Population, Space and Place, 18(1) pp. 58-73.
    [10.1002/psp.649] [Scopus]
  • Schech, S.B. (2012). Development perspectives from the Antipodes: an introduction. Third World Quarterly, 33(6) pp. 969-980.
    [10.1080/01436597.2012.681498] [Scopus]
  • Schech, S.B. and Mustafa, M. (2010). The politics of gender mainstreaming poverty reduction: an Indonesian case study. Social Politics, 17(1) pp. 111-135.
    [10.1093/sp/jxp025] [10.1093/sp/jxp025] [Scopus] [Web Link] [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Haggis, J., Schech, S.B. and Rainbird, S.J. (2007). From refugee to settlement case worker: cultural brokers in the contact zone and the border work of identity. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 7(1) pp. 237-248.
  • Schech, S.B. and Vas Dev, S. (2007). Gender justice: the World Bank's new approach to the poor? Development in Practice, 17(1) pp. 14-26.
    [10.1080/09614520601092451] [10.1080/09614520601092451] [Scopus]
  • Schech, S.B. (2002). Wired for change: the links between ICTs and development discourses. Journal of International Development, 14(1) pp. 13-23.
    [10.1002/jid.870] [10.1002/jid.870] [Scopus]
  • Haggis, J. and Schech, S.B. (2000). Meaning well and global good manners: reflections on white western feminist cross-cultural praxis. Australian Feminist Studies, 15(33) pp. 387-399.
    [10.1080/713611987]
  • Schech, S.B. (1998). Between tradition and post-coloniality: The location of gender in Australian development policy. Australian Geographer, 3 pp. 389-404.
  • Schech, S.B. and Haggis, J. (1998). Post-colonialism, identity and location: being white Australian in Asia. Environment and Planning D-Society and Space, 16 pp. 615-629.
    [10.1068/d160615]
  • Schech, S.B. and Haggis, J. (2000). Culture and Development: A critical Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Schech, S.B. and Rainbird, S. (2013). Negotiating Integration: Refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and the UK. In N Steiner, R Mason & A Hayes, ed. Migration and Insecurity Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era. New York, USA: Routledge, pp. 108-126.
  • Haggis, J. and Schech, S.B. (2009). Migrants, masculinities and work in the Australian national imaginary. In Donaldson, M., Higgins, R., Howson R. and Pease, B., ed. Migrant men: Critical studies of masculinities and the migration experience. New York, US: Routledge, pp. 60-76.
  • Schech, S.B. (2012). Teaching Ways of Seeing Development in the Global South: An Introduction. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 36(3) pp. 323-327.
    [10.1080/03098265.2012.696189] [Scopus]
  • Schech, S.B. (2012). Development perspectives from the Antipodes: an introduction. Third World Quarterly, 33(6) pp. 969-980.
    [10.1080/01436597.2012.681498] [Scopus]
  • Schech, S.B. and Mustafa, M. (2010). The politics of gender mainstreaming poverty reduction: an Indonesian case study. Social Politics, 17(1) pp. 111-135.
    [10.1093/sp/jxp025] [10.1093/sp/jxp025] [Scopus] [Web Link] [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Haggis, J., Schech, S.B. and Rainbird, S.J. (2007). From refugee to settlement case worker: cultural brokers in the contact zone and the border work of identity. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 7(1) pp. 237-248.
  • Schech, S.B. and Vas Dev, S. (2007). Gender justice: the World Bank's new approach to the poor? Development in Practice, 17(1) pp. 14-26.
    [10.1080/09614520601092451] [10.1080/09614520601092451] [Scopus]
  • Schech, S.B. (2002). Wired for change: the links between ICTs and development discourses. Journal of International Development, 14(1) pp. 13-23.
    [10.1002/jid.870] [10.1002/jid.870] [Scopus]
  • Schech, S.B. and Haggis, J. (1998). Post-colonialism, identity and location: being white Australian in Asia. Environment and Planning D-Society and Space, 16 pp. 615-629.
    [10.1068/d160615]

Professional and community engagement

I have almost a decade of experience in designing, managing and delivering gender training courses in Indonesia and Australia under the Australian Agency for International Development. I lead training teams in over 20 week-long Gender Mainstreaming and Analysis training courses in Indonesia. Currently I provide management and advice to the Gender Consortium at Flinders University which I helped to establish. The Gender Consortium is committed to gender sensitive policy, planning and project implementation in Australia, Asia and the Pacific Region, and Africa. It has conducted several intensive Australian Leadership Award Fellowship programs on themes including trafficking of women, gender and disability, women's and children's safety, and gender violence prevention. It has research expertise in gender auditing, women and security, and applied policy research on gender equity.

I am actively engaged in fostering research on migration and refugees in South Australian universities. I represent Flinders University on the steering committee Don Dunstan Foundation Refugee Research Project which seeks to bring together refugee and migration research across the South Australian universities and encourage the funding and uptake of research by civil society organisations, government and NGO partners. I am co-convenor of the Migration Update conferences.

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Development
  • Migration
  • Refugees

Interests

  • International Development theories of development; postcolonial theories; gender and development; Asia, Australia, Indonesia, poverty reduction, ICTs
  • Ethnicity and Race Studies constructions of racial and ethnic identities

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