Staff profile - Sam Balaton-Chrimes

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Dr Sam Balaton-Chrimes

Position: Lecturer in International Studies
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92443972 +61 3 92443972
Email: sam.b@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Dr Sam Balaton-Chrimes lectures in the Bachelor of International Studies degree in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Sam has published widely in the areas of citizenship studies, ethnic politics, democracy and diversity, and corporate accountability. She is currently working on an ARC research project investigating the efficacy and legitimacy of redress avenues available to citizens whose human rights are impacted by transnational business. Sam’s geographic expertise is in Kenya, India and Indonesia.


Affiliations

Secretary, African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP)

Member, Australian Political Studies Association


Academic

Teaching Interests

Citizenship and democracy

Development

Human rights

African studies

Asian studies

Cross-cultural and research ethics


Subjects and units currently teaching

AIS302 Developed and Developing Worlds

AIS101 Cross-Cultural Communication


Expertise categories

Expertise summary

African politics, especially Kenya and East Africa Citizenship and democracy Multiculturalism Corporate accountability India Indonesia

Knowledge areas

  • Citizenship
  • Democracy
  • Human rights
  • Indigenous studies (Africa and Asia)
  • Land rights and land conflicts
  • Development
  • Corporate accountability
  • Kenya
  • India
  • Indonesia


Conferences and seminars

Balaton-Chrimes, S., Kate Macdonald and Shelley Marshall, ???Transnationalizing the contentious politics of corporate-led development: mobilization on a multi-level chess board, International Political Science Association Annual Conference, Madrid, July 2012. Balaton-Chrimes, S., Kate Macdonald and Shelley Marshall, ???Struggles around the public and private potentials of human rights redress processes: Communities??? use of redress mechanisms in Orissa, India???, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics Annual Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, U.S.A., June 2012. Balaton-Chrimes, S., Kate Macdonald and Shelley Marshall, ???Non-judicial extraterritorial redress mechanisms: civil society and networked regulation???, Citizens, civil society and the politics of ???market building??? in Asia, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the Centre on Asia and Globalization, National University of Singapore, February 2012. Haines, F., Samantha Balaton-Chrimes, and Kate Macdonald, ???Globalizing safety standards: soft law, soft regulation or just whistling in the wind???? 9th colloquium of the National Research Centre for OHS Research, Australian National University, Canberra, February 2011. Balaton-Chrimes, S., Fiona Haines and Kate Macdonald, ???Beyond individual corporate liability: re-thinking business responsibility for indirect human rights harms???, The third International Global Ethics Association (IGEA) conference, University of Bristol, Bristol UK, July 2010.

Media appearances

Expert opinion on 2013 Kenyan Election, ‘NewsNight with Stan Grant’, SkyNews Australia, Live Cable National TV, 6 March 2013.

Awards

Awards and prizes

African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific Postgraduate Prize, December 2010 Conference (AU$3000 to present paper at Monash South Africa), awarded for best postgraduate paper at the conference.

African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific Postgraduate Prize, February 2008 Conference (AU$100), awarded for best postgraduate paper at the conference.

Rufus Davis Memorial Prize for Honors (Politics), School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, 2007 (AU$500), awarded for highest mark for an honors thesis in politics.


Research

Research projects

Evaluating redress mechanisms governing the human rights impact of transnational business

ARC Linkage grant with Kate Macdonald (University of Melbourne), Shelley Marshall (Monash University), Fiona Haines (University of Melbourne), Tim Connor (University of Newcastle) and Annie Delaney (Victoria University


Research interests

Citizenship 'from below' and grassroots democratic processes

Land rights and land disputes, including processes of free, prior and informed consent

Agonistic democratic theory

Contestations around indigeneity and autochthony

Methodological innovations (narrative and audio-visual methods)


Publications

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Balaton-Chrimes, S. ‘Statelessness, identity cards and citizenship as status in the case of the Nubians of Kenya’, Citizenship Studies, Forthcoming.

Balaton-Chrimes, S. ‘Indigeneity and Kenya’s Nubians: seeking equality in difference or sameness?’, Journal of Modern African Studies,51 (2). Forthcoming

Balaton-Chrimes, S. (2011) ‘Counting as citizens: The case of the Nubians in the 2009 Kenyan census’, Ethnopolitics 10(2): 205-218.

Balaton-Chrimes, S. (2011) ‘The Nubians of Kenya and the emancipatory potential of collective recognition’, Australasian Review of African Studies 32(1): 12-31. (Winner of the 2010 postgraduate prize of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific)

Balaton-Chrimes, S. (2008) ‘Challenging the state in Africa’, Australasian Review of African Studies, 29(1&2):35-50. (winner of the 2008 postgraduate prize of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific)
 

Book Chapters

Haines, F., Kate Macdonald and Samantha Balaton-Chrimes (2011) ‘Contextualizing the business responsibility to respect: How much is lost in translation?’ In The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Foundations and implementation, ed. Radu Mares, Martinus Nijhoff (Brill): Leiden.

Refereed conference papers

Balaton-Chrimes, S., Scott Brenton and Kate Macdonald ‘Market based regulation in the global economy: Consumer regulation by remote control?’ Australian Political Studies Association annual conference, Australian National University, Canberra, October 2011.

Balaton-Chrimes, S. ‘Negotiating access to ancestral land in Nairobi:  The case of the Nubians of Kibera’, ECAS 2011 - 4th European Conference on African Studies, Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Uppsala, Sweden, June 2011.

Balaton-Chrimes, S. ‘The Nubians of Kenya and the emancipatory potential of collective recognition’ 33rd annual African Studies Association of Australia and the Asia-Pacific conference: Engaging Africa / Engaging Africans: Knowledge, representation, politics, Victoria University, Melbourne, December 2010.

Balaton-Chrimes, S., Fiona Haines and Kate Macdonald, ‘Holding the invisible hand to account? Beyond individual corporate responsibility for human rights’, Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, September 2010.

Balaton-Chrimes, S. ‘Counting as citizens: The case of the Nubians in the 2009 Kenyan census’, International conference on migration, citizenship and intercultural relations, Deakin University, Melbourne, November 2009.

Balaton-Chrimes, S. ‘Statelessness in a world of nation-states’, 17th Biennial conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia conference: Is this the Asian century?, Monash Asia Institute, Melbourne, June 2008.


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