Position

Professor
Centre for Development Studies

Qualifications

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

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:

  • DVST9022  Theory and Evidence in International Development
  • DVST9035  Development Studies International Practicum
  • INTR2100  Reimagining the Global South
  • INTR3104  Global Workplace
  • INTR9065A Timor-Leste: Callenges of a new state in the Asian Century

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
  • Identity constructions of refugees and migrants

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : migrant settlement (1) ; international development (2) ;

Associate supervisor : volunteering (1) ; International development (2) ;

Completion

Principal supervisor : international development (2) ; migration, race & ethnicity (2) ;

Associate supervisor : international development (9) ; migration, race & ethnicity (11) ;

Publications

  • Schech, S.B. (2014). Culture and Development. In Vandana Desai & Robert B. Potter, ed. The Companion to Development Studies. 3 ed. London, United Kingdom: 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.
    [Scopus]
  • 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.
    [Scopus]
  • Schech, S.B. (2014). editor. Routledge.
  • 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. (2015). Integrating humanitarian migrants in Australia: Policies and Practices. In Proceedings of the 8th Together Day Immigration Policy Forum. Seoul: The Center for Asia and Diaspora, Konkuk University. 8th Together Day Immigration Policy Forum. Seoul, South Korea. May 2015, pp. 3-17.
  • Regmi, B.R., Star, C. and Schech, S.B. (2014). Learning from the Experiences in Nepal: Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in Development. International Conference on Climate Change and Social Issues. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Jul 2014.
  • Schech, S.B., Mundkur, A., Skelton, T. and Kothari, U. (2015). New spaces of development partnership: rethinking international volunteering. Progress in Development Studies, 15(4) pp. 358-370.
    [10.1177/1464993415592750] [Scopus]
  • Schech, S.B. (2014). 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] [Scopus]
  • Schech, S.B. (2013). Rescaling sovereignty? Sub-state responses to irregular migrants. Griffith Law Review, 22(3) pp. 785-803.
    [Scopus] [Web Link] [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • 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. (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. 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] [Scopus]
  • 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] [Scopus]
  • 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. (2002). Wired for change: the links between ICTs and development discourses. Journal of International Development, 14(1) pp. 13-23.
    [10.1002/jid.870] [Scopus]
  • Schech, S.B. and Haggis, J. (2001). Migrancy, Multiculturalism and Whiteness, Re-charting Core Identitites in Australia. Communal Plural: Journal of Trans-National and Cross-Cultural Studies, 9(2) pp. 143-159.
  • 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, 29(3) pp. 389-404.
  • Schech, S.B. and Haggis, J. (1998). Postcolonialism, 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. (2014). editor. Routledge.
  • 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. 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.
    [Scopus]
  • Schech, S.B. (2014). 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] [Scopus]
  • Schech, S.B. (2013). Rescaling sovereignty? Sub-state responses to irregular migrants. Griffith Law Review, 22(3) pp. 785-803.
    [Scopus] [Web Link] [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • 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. (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. 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] [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] [Scopus]

Professional and community engagement

I collaborate with Scope Global on research into international development volunteering, with a view to better understand and enhance the impact of volunteer programs and to develop research capacity in this area.

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 led 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.


In recent years I have represented Flinders University on the steering committee Don Dunstan Foundation Refugee Research Project which conducts an annual conference on refugee and migration research across the South Australian universities, 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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