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ADRI researchers gain funding under the 2014 Central Research Grants Scheme (CRGS).
His successful application last year resulted in funding for his 2013 project, Development in a Pariah State: An Investigation into Actor Roles, Approaches and Modalities in Development in Myanmar 1990-2010 and repeated CRGS success offers him and colleague Dr Costas Laoutides a further $20,000 in 2014.
Conceptualising an End to Separatist and Sectarian Violence in Myanmar
This project will examine the separatist and sectarian conflicts that have long plagued Myanmar, and explore possible scenarios for their resolution in the light of global comparative literature on how ethnic conflicts end. The research will address two interrelated questions that present complex challenges for peace theory and research, namely, which elements of separatist conflict have significant effect on quelling conflict behaviour, and how these elements differ from case to case. A critical exegesis of the factors that maintain separatist conflict in Myanmar, together with comparative literature analysis, will extend existing theory as well as aid the effectiveness of Australia’s diplomatic, security and development engagement with this regional neighbour.
Anthony's visits to Myanmar over 20 years, with frequent visits over past 4-5 years, have developed a significant network of strong relational contacts and will strengthen scholarship connections between Australia and Myanmar.
Our other successful applicant does fascinating work around religion's influences on urban development in a number of Indian cities. She has secured $15,000 for her project in 2014.
Religion and Sustainable Urban Development: Reconceptualising Urban Policy for India
The aim of this project is to argue that religion must be treated as an important category of analysis in mainstream urban planning and policymaking in India. Religion influences the character of Indian cityscapes and thus, urban development (Davis 2006) and yet, religion's role remains a blind spot in mainstream urban planning. Sustainable urbanisation with its implications for climate change and socio-economic wellbeing is of global concern but the combined importance of three trends is largely neglected in urban policy.
This project will contribute to our understanding of India as a critical player in global development, and as one of our most important neighbours.