Fields of Research (FoR)Humanitarian disasters, conflict and peacebuilding, Human geography, Migration, asylum and refugee law, Political economy and social change, Peace studies, Urban sociology and community studies
Associate Professor Anne Bartlett is an Africanist. She has worked on Sudan, South Sudan and East Africa for more than two decades. Her research centres on conflict and its effects on society. Notably, humanitarian crises, forced displacement (refugees and IDPs), land use, conflict urbanization and resource extraction. She is an ethnographer by training and has worked in fieldwork settings with a diverse group of people, ranging from armed...view more
Associate Professor Anne Bartlett is an Africanist. She has worked on Sudan, South Sudan and East Africa for more than two decades. Her research centres on conflict and its effects on society. Notably, humanitarian crises, forced displacement (refugees and IDPs), land use, conflict urbanization and resource extraction. She is an ethnographer by training and has worked in fieldwork settings with a diverse group of people, ranging from armed movements to displaced persons and street children.
Her early work was with the armed movements of Darfur to understand how human rights abuses, underdevelopment and lack of political recognition on the part of the government, impacted the uprising in the region. Work in Nyala, Darfur, showed how war, the influx of IDPs and humanitarian aid impacted host communities in terms of livelihoods, the morphology of the city and the landscape ecology of the surrounding area.
Later research in conjunction with the UNHCR and World Bank aimed to understand the impact of refugees on the host community in Kakuma camp, Kenya. As the site of one of the longest protracted displacement situations in the world, Kakuma camp has generated significant interaction effects between the refugees and their hosts, the Turkana people. This work was published in a World Bank/UNHCR report entitled “Yes in My BackYard: The Economics of Refugees and Their Social Dynamics in Kakuma, Kenya.
In recent years, Professor Bartlett has led a joint UNSW/Gulu University project on conflict drivers within the northern Uganda region. This partnership showed that land conflict, deforestation and over production of charcoal was a major factor driving recent antagonisms in the region. Data from this project resulted in an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant that establishes a ‘Payment for Ecosystem Services’ project in Northern Uganda with the aim of creating cost effective and scalable ways through which behaviour around deforestation can be changed.
Professor Bartlett was the chair of the United Nations hearing on the Darfur crisis, UN commission on Human Rights, 60th Session, Geneva, Switzerland, April 2004.She was President of the Sudan Studies Association from 2015-2017 and is currently President of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP). She is also Associate Editor of ARAS (The Australasian Review of African Studies).
Arts Design and Architecture Grant (2021) $25,000.
ARC Discovery Grant DP190103742 (2018) $579,000. “Improving payments for ecosystem services efficacy: experiments in Uganda” (with Dr. Sarah Walker, Prof Jennifer Alix Garcia and Prof Volker Radeloff).
UNSW (2018) Business School Small Research Grant: $25,000 (with Sarah Walker and Paul Munro)
UNSW (2017) Institute for Global Development Grant (Conflict Resurgence and the Governance of Peace in Northern Uganda): $93,100
UNSW (2016) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Small Grant. (Street Children in Kakuma: Towards an Understanding of the decision-making processes involved in child labor: $7,500
USF (2008) Jesuit Foundation Grant (Economic Geography of Darfur): 5,000
PhD University of Chicago
Research Collaboration Award (2018) UNSW, Sydney.
Faculty Service Award Recipient, University of San Francisco, June 2010
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
I am available to supervise postgraduate research in the following areas: Forced displacement (refugees, IDPs, refugee integration into host communities), humanitarian aid, conflict (armed groups, child soldiers, dynamics of conflict, state sponsored violence, inter-communal conflict, genocide, peace-building), extractivism of resources in developing countries (land conflict, environmental crises and new forms of energy); Identity politics (particularly as they relate to Africa and Middle East), Africa (primarily Sudan, South Sudan, the Sahel, East Africa, the Middle East).
As a primary supervisor, I have supervised the following theses:
“How issues of energy justice are entangled in household solar adoption in Malawi”
“Political Islam: The Logic of Governance in Sudan”
“The Gezira Scheme in Sudan: The Impact of Agricultural Policies on Tenants Food Security”
“From Corps to Co-ops: Are Cooperatives a Viable Reintegration Strategy for ex-Combatants?”
“Famine & Aid Systems in the Horn of Africa”
“Egypt: State and Civil Society”
“Land Tenure and Agricultural Investment in Ghana: The Impact of Land Expropriation and Agricultural Models on Rural Ghanaians”
“Ghana in the 21st Century: Sino-Ghanaian Cooperation”
“A New Development Paradigm: Integrating Venture and Philanthropic Capital in Sub-Saharan Africa's Agricultural Sector”
“Understanding the effectiveness of Conflict Sensitive Approaches and Quick Impact Projects in the Process of Building Peace: The Cases of Karamoja, Uganda and Darfur, Sudan”
“Child Soldiers: Solutions from a Humanistic Lens”
“Challenges and Livelihood Strategies of Darfurian Refugees Living in Kampala, Uganda”
“Cultural Barriers to Reproductive Health of Somali Refugees”
“Divergent Discourses: Development Knowledge and Malian Family Planning”
“Odius Debt in Sub-Saharan Africa”
“The Plight of Kenyan Domestic Workers in Gulf Countries”
Middle East/Central Asia
“Afghanistan's Fragmentation and Its Effects on Democracy”
“Confessionalism in Lebanese Society”
“Second and Third Generation Afghan Refugees in Iran”
“The Downfall of U.S. Diplomacy: United States, Afghanistan, and the Consequence of 9/11”
"Food security in Oman"
“U.S. Immigration Policy from a National Security Perspective: The Affect on Refugees”
“Learning How to Drive: Understanding the Effect of Identity on Social Capital in a Community of Newly Arrived Refugees in Greensboro, North Carolina”
“SB1070: A Case Study for State Sponsored Immigration Policy”
“Refugee Resettlement and Family Reunification in Canada”
Security and Extremism
“How have Societal Factors Influenced the Development of Right-Wing Extremism in Norway”
"Islamism In Norway: Consequences and Implications of the Islamist Group Ummah of the Prophet for Norwegian Society”
I have founded and have run various human rights NGOs in Sudan and in diaspora. I have written dozens of OpEds on the human rights situation in Sudan and has worked for the release of people that have been incarcerated without due process or regard to international human rights norms. I have also chaired sessions at the United Nations in Geneva on these matters.
From 2015 -2017, I was the President of the Sudan Studies Association. I am currently the President of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSSAP). I am also Associate Editor of ARAS -- the journal of the Association.
I was appointed as Lead for one of the four UNSW, Sydney engagement projects in northern Uganda as part of the UNSW, 2025 Strategy. My role role involved looking at the prevention of conflict - particularly in relation to land in post-conflict Acholiland, deforestation and illegal charcoal production
“Key Debates In International Studies" INST 1005
“Contemporary Developments in Africa and the Middle East” INST1007
"Senior Seminar In International Studies" INST 3900
"International Fieldwork" HUMS 1007