Associate Professor Patrick Kilby

PhD (ANU); M.Ag.Ec (Research) (Syd); B.Sc.Agr (Syd).
Associate Professor in the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development Program
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Migration 160303
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation And Social Impact Assessment 160801
  • International Relations 160607
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Economic Development Policy 160505
  • Social Policy 160512
  • Gender Specific Studies 169901
  • Economic Development And Growth 140202
  • Political Science 1606
  • Studies Of Asian Society 169903
  • Anthropology Of Development 160101

Research interests

History of foreign aid, Non-Governmental Organisations; empowerment and marginalisation; gender; managing development activities; South Asia, particularly India.


Dr Patrick Kilby is an Associate Professor and Editor in Chief of the Journal Development in Practice. His research interests are: NGOs and NGO accountability; gender and development; managing international development programs; and women's labour migration. He has published four sole authored books on NGOs one dealing with women’s empowerment and Indian NGOs (2011), a history of the Australian Council for International Development (2015), gender and the Green Revolution (2019), and the role of Philanthropic Foundations in Development (2021).

In 2018 he took up Fulbright Senior Scholars Fellowship at Kansas State University looking at the history of the Green Revolution, and also to advise K-State on how to improve women’s engagement in their agriculture research in developing countries. In 2019 examined the role of philanthropic Foundations such as Rockefeller, Ford and Gates', in the foreign aid space, in 2020 UN agencies such as UNCTAD and others, and in 2021 and 2022 is part of a British Aid project with IFPRI looking at women migration from Bangladesh and Nepal to Lebanon and Jordan.  He also works with ACIAR looking at gender analysis in their agricultural research portfolio.  In 2022 he was elected as Secretary of the Development Studies Associaton of Australia.


Researcher's projects

Women's short term labour migration

Gender-based Violence in Solomon Islands

Gender in Australian Development NGOs;

NGO accountability;

Measuring women's empowerment;

Microfinance through self-help groups.

Gender and Indian NGO;

Indian NGOs

Current student projects

Women in the Pakistan civil service;

Rural Support Groups in Pakistan;

Poverty in Bangladesh;

Civil Society Organisations on the Thai Burma border


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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