Susanna Price

BA Hons, MA Australian National University MA with Distinction, University of East Anglia; PhD in progress.
Lecturer (Hon) CHL CAP
College of Asia & the Pacific
T: 62575525

Areas of expertise

  • Other Language, Communication And Culture 2099

Research interests

Social research, social analysis, social impact assessment, development-forced displacement and resettlement (DFDR) especially in Indonesia and China.  Comparative analysis of DFDR with other forms of displacement in terms of reconstructing temporal and spatial meaning, reducing livelihood and marginalization risks, mobility after resettlement, renegotiated cultural space, individual responses and decision-making about resettlement.   


After working in Ausaid, I joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila to implement ADB’s 1995 Policy on Involuntary Resettlement. Awards include:

  • 2003 The Praxis Award, First Place Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists for work on resettlement policy enhancement in Asia Pacific region.
  • 1999, 2000 and 2002, three awards under the ADB President’s Performance Recognition Awards Scheme both individually and as a team leader for contributions to resettlement policy implementation.
  • 2000 My study on resettlement policy enhancement in China, Indonesia and several other countries won the 9th Canadian Award for International Co-operation (CIDA Award).
  • 1987-88 Australian Government Public Service scholarship for postgraduate study overseas.

Researcher's projects


National frameworks for development displacement:

  1. Balancing the individual's right to free, prior, informed consent and the state's right to eminent domain or compulsory acquisition in the public interest.
  2. Addressing "intangible" losses: food security; social cohesion; primary cultural meaning; identity; and livelihoods
  3. Negotiated settlements - asymmetries and opportunities.

Social analysis; social impact assessment; and social stability risk assessment: untangling differences in objectives, purpose, procedures, process and outcomes.


IAIA 2020 May Seville Session Chair Governance in Resettlement I


Day, J., Wewerinke-Singh, M., and Price, S. 2019. "Eviction is not a Disaster" in Development Policy Review. July 2019.

Price, Susanna, 2019 "Looking back on development and disaster-related displacement and resettlement, anticipating climate related displacement in the Asia Pacific region" in Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Volume 60 No 2 August 2019.

Price, Susanna and Singer, Jane (eds) 2019 Country Frameworks for Development Displacement and Resettlement: Reducing Risk; Building Resilience Routledge Series on Development, Mobilities and Migration, Oxon UK.

Price Susanna 2018  “Legislative paradigm shifts for forced displacement: A Review” in College of Asia and Pacific Paradigm Shift Series May 2018 

Gransow, Bettina and Price, Susanna 2018 “Social Risk Management at AIIB: Chinese or International Characteristics” in Journal of China Political Science May.  

Price, Susanna 2017, "Livelihoods in Development Displacement: A Reality Check from the Evaluation Record and Recommendations for the Future" in IDEAS e-publication.  

Price, Susanna 2017, "Asia Begins to Address the Impacts of Development Displacement" in Asia Currents, Asian Studies Association of Australia, January.

Price, Susanna 2016, 'Social Impact Assessment in China and its Overseas Investments: Some Recent Developments' in Hari Mohan Mathur (ed) Assessing the Social Impact of Development Projects: Experience in India and Other Asian Countries, Springer, New Delhi.

Savitri, Laksmi Adriani and Price, Susanna 2016, 'Beyond Special Autonomy and Customary Land Rights Recognition: Examining Land Negotiations and the Production of Vulnerabilities in Papua' in John McCarthy and Kathryn Robinson (eds) Land and Development in Indonesia: Searching for the People's Sovereignty. Australian National University, Indonesia Update, ISEAS.

Price, Susanna and Singer, Jane, (eds) 2015. Global Implications of Development, Disasters and Climate Change: Responses to Displacement From Asia Pacific Routledge, Oxford.

Price Susanna, 2015. "A no-displacment Option? Rights, Risks and Negotiated Settlements in Development Displacement" in Development in Practice, Volume 23 Issue 5 pp 673-685.

Price, Susanna 2015. "Is there a Global Safeguard for Development Dislacement?" in Irge Satiroglu and Narae Choi Development Induced Displacement and Resettlement: New Perspectives on Persisting Problems. Routledge. Oxford. pp 127-141.

Price, Susanna and Robinson, K. (eds) 2015. Making a Difference? Social Assessment Policy and Praxis and its emergence in China. Berghahn Books, New York and Oxford.

Price, Susanna 2015. "Introduction: Making Economic Growth Socially Sustainable?"  in Price, S. and Robinson, K. (eds) Making a Difference? Social Assessment Policy and Praxis and Its Emergence in China. Berghahn Books, New York and Oxford. pp 1-30.

Price, Susanna. 2015. "Conclusion" in Price, S. and Robinson, K. (eds) Making a Difference? Social Assessment Policy and Praxis and its Emergence in China Berghahn Books New York and Oxford.  pp 262-276.

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