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The Australian National University

Dr Srinjoy Bose

PhD in Political Science and International Relations
Visiting Fellow at Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Political Science 1606
  • International Relations 160607
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606
  • Social Change 160805
  • Political Science Not Elsewhere Classified 160699

Research interests

Drawing on my training in political science and international relations, my research agenda is shaped by topics in Critical Peace research including peace transitions, conflict transformation, and the political economy of statebuilding and peacebuilding. Specifically, I investigate tensions between local and international interests and best practices, the conflictual and destabilising effects of democratisation, debates in political development including governance and governmentality, and the politics and economy of clientelist and patronage networks in fragile states.

Biography

I am European Union COFUND (Marie Sklowodska-Curie Action) Fellow at the School of Government & International Affairs, Durham University (UK). Previously, I was Senior Teaching Fellow at the same institution. I am also Visiting Fellow at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University (ANU). I hold a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from The ANU, and earlier graduated as a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Politics and History from Otago University, New Zealand, and as a Master of Social Science in Political Science from the National University of Singapore.

I value interdisciplinary research highly and have contributed towards designing and/or leading several collaborative projects. For example, I am co-editor with International Relations and Diplomacy scholar, Professor William Maley (ANU), of an edited manuscript titled “Afghanistan - Challenges and Prospects”. Situated within the field of peace transition research, this volume anticipates the challenges of the on-going political and military transitions in Afghanistan. The manuscript was published recently with Routledge (2017). I am also co-editor with renowned Development Studies scholars Professor Jonathan Goodhand (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) and Dr Astri Suhrke (Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway) of a special-issue volume for the journal Conflict, Security and Development, titled "Elections and the State: Critical perspectives on democracy promotion in Afghanistan" (2016). The volume critiques the rise of democracy promotion, and employs a political economy framework to understand the more focused research on democratisation and elections. Finally, I am co-editor with a group of respected Development Studies and International Relations scholars at The ANU to an edited manuscript titled “Hybridity in Peacebuilding and Development: Critical Conversations”. The volume examines the potential contribution of the concept of ‘hybridity’ to improving understanding of pluralism and change in socially complex societies in the Asia-Pacific and beyond. The manuscript is forthcoming with The ANU Press.

Researcher's projects

RESEARCH PROJECTS (ONGOING)

‘Legitimacy in Afghanistan: Keeping the State at Bay’. 2016-2017. Self-contained article based on PhD dissertation. Examining tensions in statebuilding between local and international interests and practices. The study demonstrates that Afghanistan’s social order curbed and blunted the ambitions of political power, and made it extraordinarily resistant to political moulding. Individual project. Work in-progress. Manuscript to be submitted with Journal of Peace Research.

‘Dispersion of Coercive Power in Afghanistan: Structural Legitimacy and State Legitimation’. 2016-2017. Self-contained article based on PhD dissertation. Examining how cooperation between international, state, and non-state actors to provide security have resulted in the embedding of violent or illegitimate institutions and forms of order in the machinery of the (Afghan) state. Individual project. Work in-progress. Manuscript to be submitted with International Peacekeeping.

‘Travelling Hybridity: History, Power, and Scale’. 2016-2017. Examining how the concept of ‘hybridity’ changes as it travels between disciplines and contexts. Collaborative project. Principal investigators Dr Miranda Forsyth (ANU), Dr Joanne Wallis (ANU), and Dr Lia Kent (ANU). Co-editor (with Miranda Forsyth, Joanne Wallis, and Lia Kent), journal special issue. Work in-progress; manuscripts forthcoming  with Third World Thematics: a TQW Journal (2017).

‘Security Cooperation and Hybridisation of Security in War’. 2016-2017. Examining the mechanisms for cooperation between state armed forces and non-state armed groups, and which mechanisms foster ‘norms of restraint’ in armed conflict. Case-studies include Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Collaborative project. Co-investigator with Dr Suzanne Levi-Sanchez (San Francisco State University). Work in-progress; manuscript to be submitted with International Security.

RESEARCH PROJECTS (COMPLETED)

‘Hybridity in Peacebuilding, Law and Development: Critical Conversations’. 2016. Examining the potential contribution of the concept of ‘hybridity’ to improving understanding of pluralism and change in socially complex societies. Collaborative project. Principal investigators Dr Miranda Forsyth (ANU), Dr Joanne Wallis (ANU), and Professor Sinclair Dinnen (ANU). Co-editor (with Miranda Forsyth, Joanne Wallis, and Sinclair Dinnen), edited volume. Manuscript forthcoming with The Australian National University Press.

‘The SG and the Forgotten Third R2P Responsibility’. 2016. Examining how, retrospectively (ex post facto) the failure to rebuild and secure peace in an intervened state has failed R2P intervention. The Study argues ‘rebuilding’ should be a central pillar in R2P theorising. Collaborative project; co-investigator with Ramesh Thakur. Forthcoming in Global Responsibility to Protect.

‘Afghanistan - Challenges and Prospects’. 2014-2015. Examined the military and political transitions in Afghanistan. Collaborative project. Co-investigator with Professor William Maley. Co-editor (with Nishank Motwani and William Maley), edited volume. Manuscript published with Routledge (2017).

‘Elections and the State: Critical Perspectives on Democracy Promotion in Afghanistan’. 2014-2015. Political economy analysis of democracy promotion and elections in disrupted and transitioning states. Collaborative project. Principal investigator Professor Jonathan Goodhand (School of Oriental and African Studies). Co-editor (with Jonathan Goodhand and Astri Suhrke), journal special issue. Forthcoming in Conflict, Security and Development. Vol. 16. Iss. 6. 2016.

‘Death by a Thousand Cuts or Dance of the Seven Veils? Legitimacy and Generation of Authority in Afghanistan’s Statebuilding Enterprise, 2001—2014’. 2011-2016. Examined the role of Legitimacy in promoting the internationalised statebuilding project in Afghanistan. Individual project (PhD). PhD recommended for the J.G. Crawford Prize for outstanding contribution to scholarship.

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