Associate Professor Patrick Kilby

PhD (ANU); M.Ag.Ec (Research) (Syd); B.Sc.Agr (Syd).
Senior Lecturer: Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development Program
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 a Senior Lecturer and convener of the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development Program. His research interests are: NGOs and NGO accountability; gender and development; managing international development programs; and most recently the story of foreign aid. He has published two sole authored books on NGOs one dealing with women’s empowerment and Indian NGOs (2011), and in 2015 a history of the Australian Council for International Development.

His current work is on the history of foreign aid has been supported East West Center in Washington Asia Studies Fellowship (2017), which is looked at China as a donor in relation to US aid policy, and 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 he is looking at the role of philanthropic Foundations such as Rockefeller, Ford and Gates', in the foreign aid space, and in 2020 UN agencies such as UNCTAD and others.


Researcher's projects

Story of Aid

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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