Susanne Schech

Susanne Schech
Flinders University · College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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Research efforts in the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic focused on the actual and potential impacts on societies, economies, sectors, and governments. Less attention was paid to the experiences of individuals and less still to the impact of COVID-19 on an individual’s wellbeing. This research addresses this gap by utilising a holistic wellb...
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It is widely acknowledged that emotions play an important role in international development volunteering (IDV), but researchers are divided about how they matter. For some, Northern volunteering in the Global South is an expression of political agency and solidarity with distant strangers, while for others, it is a product of neoliberal techniques...
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Full article available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07075332.2020.1810100 The League of Red Cross Societies (LRCS) – known as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) since 1991 – has received little historical attention despite representing the world’s largest volunteer network and being an...
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The internal migration of Bengali people to the CHT since the 1970s has been a significant factor in the long-standing ethnopolitical conflict in this region. The prevailing view is that while poverty and environmental disasters were push factors in this migration, government settlement programmes were primarily responsible for this population shif...
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Although international volunteerism has been a part of official development assistance for decades, the capacity development (CD) impacts of such programs in nonprofit organizations (NPOs) in the Global South have received scant attention. This article provides insights into the ways international volunteerism contributes to endogenous CD processes...
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In this paper we examine the perceptions and experiences of childbirth among a group of wealthier women in Dhaka through in-depth interviews. We find that a number of factors including preference for Caesarean Section (CS), socio-economic position, family structure, and perceptions of modern childbirth contributed to the women’s overuse of medical...
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The growing diversity of North – South international volunteerism challenges the widely accepted distinction between volunteering for development as a long-standing component of official development assistance and the more recent phenomenon of volunteer tourism as a private sector led commercial endeavour focused primarily on the personal growth of...
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Higher education institutions increasingly recognise the need to develop both disciplinary knowledge and soft skills to foster the employability of their graduates. For students in International Studies programmes, the workplace opportunities to develop soft skills relevant to their intended professions are scarce, costly and unavailable to many. T...
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There is growing recognition that building relationships is central to creating sustainable partnerships to achieve meaningful development outcomes. International development volunteers, embedded in the community where they are volunteering, are seen as being ideally placed to build and facilitate these relationships. The nature of international de...
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The concept of partnership is frequently invoked in international development as discourse and policy prescription to better understand relationships and engagements between donors and beneficiaries. Despite the increasing prominence of the idea of partnerships, in reality mutual, equal and sustainable development partnerships remain limited. This...
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Academic contributions to debates on migration policy tend to focus on the sovereign state controlling borders and managing cross-border movements to vouchsafe the nation's economic, social and security interests. Irregular migrants contest this fundamental aspect of sovereignty, and states respond by defending their borders ever more fiercely as m...
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Over the past decade, an increasing share of refugees and other types of humanitarian migrants have settled in regional Australia either of their own accord or through the government's refugee settlement programme. This follows a trend in other Western countries that have implemented dispersal policies to direct humanitarian migrants to regional to...
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Development Studies, the interdisciplinary octopus, and its geography arm, Geographies of Development, have always faced a challenge when it came to providing students with experiential learning opportunities. While the subject is mostly taught in universities of the Global North, its focus has traditionally been the Global South. This symposium di...
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Is there a distinctive Antipodean approach to development? In this introduction I take up Raewyn Connell's challenge to explore the possibilities for knowledge production that reflects Australia's and New Zealand's geographical situation of rich peripheral countries and their history of settler colonisation. While Antipodeans' contributions to deve...
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Although policy making on migrant, asylum seeker and refugee flows falls within the responsibilities of the State, there has been a growing recognition that sub-state regions may have different perspectives on these matters. This paper looks at two regions threatened with population decline, Scotland and South Australia, and compare how their polit...
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This article seeks to contribute to the modest stock of empirical research on citizenship by exploring how refugees in Australia approach citizenship through the prism of their experiences of arrival and settlement. Their narratives support research elsewhere which argues that citizenship remains crucial to refugees' claims to a full set of human r...
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Recent debates in Australia on Asian immigration, Indigenous reconciliation and multiculturalism have been accompanied by a re-emergence of racism after a quarter century of multicultural policy. In reflecting on current attempts to make sense of these debates, we argue that two issues tend to be ignored. The first relates to the difficulty Austral...
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Critical feminist reviews of gender mainstreaming suggest a widespread disillusionment with gender and development. The literature has been dominated, however, by accounts of gender mainstreaming in international development institutions and in Western countries. There is a shortage of studies on how developing countries conceptualize, design and m...
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Incl. bibl., abstract Gender inequality is now widely acknowledged as an important factor in the spread and entrenchment of poverty. This article examines the World Development Report 2000/01 as the World Bank's blueprint for addressing poverty in the twenty-first century, together with several more recent Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs),...
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Despite international and national level recognition of the importance of education for all, both for development purposes and as a basic human right, its achievement still remains a huge challenge. Persistent inequalities of gender, class, ethnic, and regional context are evident in education systems worldwide, whether at the stage of enrolment an...
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This paper uses Kenya's survey data to explore ethnic inequalities in education in Kenya. It focuses on some ethnic groups that may have resources and opportunities as a result of their geographical location and ethnic proximity to the ruling elite. The factors examined to explain potential educational inequalities among ethnic groups include the G...
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The ICT revolution's promises and threats for developing countries can be brought into clearer perspective if we pay attention to the underlying discourses on development and knowledge employed in this debate. This paper suggests that those who enthusiastically embrace ICTs tend to operate within a modernization discourse, while sceptics are influe...
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This paper draws attention to some of the contradictions emerging from the shift in dominant development discourse over the past decade toward a portrayal of the relationship between rich and poor countries as a partnership that stresses global interdependancy and mutual obligations. Using two development projects in Vietnam as case studies, it arg...
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This paper draws attention to some of the contradictions emerging from the shift in dominant development discourse over the past decade toward a portrayal of the relationship between rich and poor countries as a partnership that stresses global interdependancy and mutual obligations. Using two development projects in Vietnam as case studies, it arg...
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This paper explores the implications of Information Communication Technology (ICT) adoption amongst southern based advocacy oriented non government organisations (NGOs). The current debate suggests that ICTs hold promise of empowerment for such NGOs, but also threats of enslavement. A significant portion of this paper concentrates on the World Deve...
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This paper contributes to the debate on whether development assistance should adhere to universal measures of quality of life for all men and women, or defer, instead, to the many different norms that traditional cultures have established. It traces the development in the 1980s and 1990s of a gender policy for Australian overseas aid in the face of...
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In this paper we explore the nature and degree to which Australian imaginings of self in Asia have altered since the 1960s. We do this in two ways. First, an analysis of Christopher Koch's two novels, The Year of Living Dangerously and Highways to a War, is used to establish the parameters of change in Australian imaginings of themselves in Asia. T...

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This project aims to advance the concept of resilient humanitarianism through a historical investigation of one humanitarian body, the League of Red Cross Societies, from its inception to the end of the Cold War. Global humanitarian crises abound due to ongoing conflict and natural disasters but nation states, bodies such as the United Nations and humanitarian organisations seem incapable of offering lasting solutions to intractable situations. This project will use rarely accessed archives and an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the evolution of humanitarianism, voluntary action and global civil society during the 20th century. This historical analysis can inform humanitarian policy, debates and practice of the present and future.