Fields of Research (FoR)Humanitarian disasters, conflict and peacebuilding, Human geography, Urban sociology and community studies, Environmental sociology, Human rights and justice issues (excl. law), Middle Eastern and North African history, Sub-Saharan African history, Migration, asylum and refugee law
Anne Bartlett has worked on Sudan, South Sudan and East Africa for over 18 years. Her research centers on a number of key areas: conflict, humanitarian crises, forced displacement and its impacts on land use, resource extraction and urbanization. Bartlett has conducted ethnographic research with the armed movements of Darfur to understand how human rights abuses, underdevelopment and lack of political recognition on the part of the government,...view more
Anne Bartlett has worked on Sudan, South Sudan and East Africa for over 18 years. Her research centers on a number of key areas: conflict, humanitarian crises, forced displacement and its impacts on land use, resource extraction and urbanization. Bartlett has conducted ethnographic research 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. Other work in Nyala, Darfur, showed how war, the influx of IDPs and humanitarian aid impacted host communities in terms of the livelihoods, the morphology of the city and the landscape ecology of the surrounding area. Bartlett has also worked on cross-comparative projects between Nyala and El-Obeid, Kordofan, Sudan to understand the effects of conflict on labor markets
Recent research in conjunction with the UNHCR and World Bank aims 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. The results of this project have recently been published in a World Bank/UNHCR report entitled “Yes in My BackYard: The Economics of Refugees and Their Social Dynamics in Kakuma, Kenya and in “Do refugee camps help or hurt hosts? The case of Kakuma, Kenya”, published in 2018 in the Journal of Development Economics. Additional work in this area looks at remittance sending to refugees and the effects this has on refugee/host populations. It concludes that remittances from refugees have beneficial effects not only for the refugees themselves but also for the host communities around camps.
Professor Bartlett is the lead of a joint UNSW/Gulu University project on conflict drivers within the northern Uganda region. As part of this partnership, she is working on a project to establish village cooperatives (SACCOS) which will leverage the capacity of communities to lessen the negative impact of the charcoal trade and deforestation. She is also a recent recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant in 2018 that establishes a ‘Payment for Ecosystem Services’ project in Northern Uganda with the aim of creating cost effective and scalable ways through which behavior around deforestation can be changed.
Other recent projects include the effect of road building on the diffusion of conflict in South Sudan, the decision-making processes and levels of autonomy among street children who act as casual laborers in Kakuma camp, Kenya.
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 Vice-President of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) and is co-editor of ARAS (The Australasian Review of African Studies).
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”
“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