Department of Anthropology and Development Studies

The Department of Anthropology and Development Studies is concerned with issues of social and cultural difference, inequality, vulnerability, risk, exclusion and social justice.


The study of Anthropology is concerned with fostering a better understanding social and cultural difference. Development Studies, as well as Peace and Conflict Studies, have emerged out of a concern to examine why some countries are less socially and economically developed than others or suffer from protracted periods of conflict and instability.

  • Our teaching

    The Department of Anthropology and Development Studies offer a range of programs, including a Bachelor of International Development, Bachelor of Peace and Conflict Studies, as well as majors in Anthropology and International Development, as well as postgraduate and honours degree options.

    Anthropology can be studied as a major, minor, or individual elective course.

    International Development can be studied as an undergraduate degree, a major, minor or individual elective course.

    Peace and Conflict Studies can be studies as an undergraduate degree or individual elective course.

    Study Anthropology  Study International Development  

    Study Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Our people

    Name Role
    Dr Georgina Drew Head of Department
    Senior Lecturer
    Dr Alison Dundon Senior Lecturer
    Professor John Gray Emeritus Professor
    Dr Susan Hemer Senior Lecturer
    Dr Dianne Rodger Senior Lecturer
    Undergraduate Discipline Advisor, Anthropology
    Honours Convenor, Anthropology
    Professor Andrew Skuse Professor
    Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Bachelor of International Development
    Dr Thomas Wanner Senior Lecturer
    Undergraduate Discipline Advisor, International Development
    Honours Convenor, International Development
  • Our research

    The Department of Anthropology and Development Studies work across a range of themes of relevance to our concern for highlighting social and cultural difference, as well as aspects of inequality, vulnerability and risk.

    We are actively engaged in teaching and research that promotes greater understanding of the complex social and cultural worlds in which we engage.

    Our research has been undertaken in a wide range of countries, including: Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Uganda, Vanuatu and Vietnam. We work with a wide range of national and international organisations, including: AusAID/DFAT, Australian Civil-Military Centre, Cardno Emerging Markets, Coffey International, European Union, Mott MacDonald, MTV EXIT, Nike Foundation, OECD, South Australian Government, UK Department for International Development, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNRISD, World Bank.

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