Teaching Staff

  • Dr Samanthi Gunawardana

    Dr Samanthi Gunawardana is a Lecturer in Gender and Development in the Faculty of Arts, and the Course Coordinator for the Master of International Development Practice. Samanthi’s research examines the impact of development policy on employment systems, labour, and livelihoods among rural women in South Asia, with a particular emphasis on gender, development and labour in Sri Lanka.

  • Dr Eleanor Gordon is a Lecturer in Politics and International Development and Deputy Director of the Master in International Development Practice (MIDP) programme. She is also on the Monash Gender, Peace and Security (GPS) Steering Committee. Her research and practice focusses on building security and justice after conflict and inclusive approaches to peacebuilding.

  • Dr Bruce Missingham

    Dr Bruce Missingham is an anthropologist with interests in the study of development and environmental movements in Southeast Asia, and education for sustainable development in universities and NGOs. Bruce was involved in the design and delivery of the International WaterCentre’s Master of Integrated Water Management program since the IWC’s inception in 2005, and taught about water and sustainable development, water and community development, and established a field school in rural Thailand.

  • Dr Benjamin MacQueen

    Democracy, Justice and Governance Stream

    Dr Benjamin MacQueen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics in the School of Social Sciences. His research and teaching centres on the politics of conflict, its resolution, and issues surrounding post-conflict reconstruction, with a specific emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa. Benjamin’s current research focuses on the conditions of political transition in the Middle East and North Africa, with an emphasis on the impacts of external parties, constitutional formation, and electoral law reform on local political participation.

  • Professor Jacqui True

    Gender, Conflict and Society stream

    Professor Jacqui True is a specialist in gender and international relations, women, peace and security with a focus on the political economy dimensions of peace building and the long-term prevention of violence. Professor True is also a specialist in feminist research methodologies and her articles on gender mainstreaming and global governance rank among the most highly cited in the field.

  • Dr Swati Parashar

    Gender, Conflict and Society Stream

    Dr Swati Parashar is a prolific social and political commentator on South Asia, terrorism and gender and has contributed to print and electronic media in Australia and India. Swati has published articles in the Asia Times; Straits Times, Singapore; Daily Mirror, Colombo; Sri Lanka Guardian; ABC Drum Opinion; South Asia Analysis Group; E-IR Journal; and on various blogs and websites. Her ongoing projects include a critical assessment of the Maoist insurgency in India and the ‘securitisation’ of development.

  • Dr Wendy Stubbs

    Sustainable Resource Management Stream

    Dr Wendy Stubbs’s career as a corporate executive in the IT and Telecommunications industry led her to question ‘business-as-usual’ and to seek to understand how business could more effectively address its environmental, social and financial responsibilities. Wendy teaches in the Sustainable Resource Management stream, as well as teaching sustainability in the MBA program. 

  • Dr Caroline Spencer

    Dr Caroline Spencer began her tertiary career as a mature-age student and her doctoral studies explored how primary school sexuality education could reach culturally diverse communities. Following her doctoral studies, Caroline diversified her experience to explore how paramedics could address the diverse needs of culturally and linguistically diverse patients. Currently, Dr Spencer teaches in the Disaster Resilience units as part of the MIDP program.

  • Assoc Prof Ken Coghill

    The Hon Dr Ken Coghill PhD is an Associate Professor, Department of Management, Monash University and a former Member of Parliament (Legislative Assembly, Victoria), including serving as Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet. Ken’s teaching interests include accountability, integrated governance and professional development (capacity building) for parliamentarians, in partnership with AusAID and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. 

  • Dr Ronli Sifris joined the Faculty of Law as a lecturer in 2011 and is an Associate of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. She received her LLB from Monash University where she was awarded the Supreme Court Prize for graduating first in her class and was the editor of the Monash University Law Review. She completed an LLM in International Legal Studies as a Hauser Scholar at NYU School of Law and a PhD at Monash University. Prior to commencing her PhD she worked as a consultant with the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York.

  • Dr Liz Bishop is a lecturer in the Michael Kirby Centre for Public Health and Human Rights, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. Her doctoral research on women, equality and discrimination underscores her interest in human rights and the legal system and their impact on women. Dr Bishop is also the convenor of the Haemophilia Auxiliary of the Royal Children’s Hospital, a Founding Member and former Convenor of Victorian Women Lawyers and member and former Board Member of Australia Women Lawyers

  • Dr Venesser Fernandes works in the Faculty of Education at Monash, and her areas of interest include leadership studies, organisational structure and educational policy and development.

  • Emeritus Professor Frank Archer is former Chair, Board of Directors of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) and has postgraduate specialist clinical fellowships in general practice, immediate medical care, and public health medicine. He is also a member of many national and international committees in the area of pre-hospital care.

  • Dr Sarah McDonald has an interest in Latin American Studies. She pent time at Nottingham University in England as part of her PhD studies, and carried out extensive research projects in both Brazil and Cuba. She has taught in the areas of Spanish language, Latin American culture and Iberoamerican film at both The University of Auckland and Monash University.

  • Dr Nicholas Alix has interest in psychology, leadership, policy analysis, learning organisation and knowledge management. He was Fellow and Research Associate in the Centre for Organisational Learning and leadership at  the University of Melbourne and currently, is based in the Faculty of Education at Monash.