Dr. Monika Barthwal Datta
Senior Lecturer, UNSW Sydney & Director, SPG
Dr. Monika Barthwal-Datta is a Senior Lecturer in International Security in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney. Monika’s research areas include critical security studies, securitization studies, and foreign policy. Empirically, her research focuses on non-traditional security issues, particularly food security; non-state actors and regional security challenges in South Asia, Indian foreign policy, and more recently, nuclear politics. Monika is currently working on a research project with Dr. Priya Chacko (University of Adelaide) that investigates strategic narratives of India’s identity as an actor in international relations. Prior to joining UNSW, Monika led a two-year research project funded by the MacArthur Foundation on ‘Food Security in Asia: Strategic risks and mitigation’ at the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS), University of Sydney. She was awarded her Ph.D. by Royal Holloway College, University of London and holds an MScEcon in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University. She also has a Master’s in International Journalism from Cardiff University and has worked as a Broadcast Journalist for the BBC World Service Radio in London for several years. Monika is the author of Food Security in Asia: Challenges, Policies and Implications (IISS and Routledge, 2014) and Understanding Security Practices in South Asia: Securitisation Theory and the role of non-state actors (Routledge, 2012). She is also a Director of the School of Policy and Governance, India and an Executive Member of the South Asian Studies Association of Australia.
Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram
Assistant Professor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE)
Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram is Assistant Professor, Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, and Co-coordinator, Centre for Climate Studies, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Karnataka, India. She is also Project Associate/Features Editor (Climate Policy), Science Technology and Security forum (Manipal Advanced Research Group); and Research Fellow, Earth System Governance (ESG) Project. She has been managing a project on “Climate Diplomacy”, sponsored by adelphi research gemeinnützige GmbH, Berlin, since 2015. Dhanasree is a recipient of Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship 2018-19 (Postdoctoral) and Erasmus Mundus-Interdisciplinary Bridges for Indo-European Studies Scholarship 2014-15 (Pre-doctoral), through which she conducted research at University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and Leiden University (Netherlands) respectively. She received the Outreach Fellowship of Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS), New Delhi, India, in 2011, through which she published an authored volume, titled, “Breaking out of the Green House: Indian Leadership in Times of Environmental Change” in 2012. Dhanasree holds a PhD in Geopolitics and International Relations from MAHE for which she worked on the topic – “Military Dimensions of Environmental Security: An Indian Perspective”. Dhanasree’s research interests include security studies (focussing on environmental security research), international relations theory (mainly constructivism), and foreign policy/diplomacy. She mainly works on environmental and climate security in South Asia (including the role of the military in it), climate diplomacy (primarily of the emerging economies, and more particularly, India), and global environmental politics (including geopolitics and geo-economics) among others.
Professor Bina D'Costa
Professor International Relations, Australian National University
Bina D'Costa is a Professor at the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. At the height of Europe’s refugee emergency, she moved to the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti to build its Migration and Displacement program (2016-2018). As a UN staff member, Bina has worked in South and Southeast Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Middle East. Her research interests span migration, children a
Professor Centre for Genocide Studies, University of Dhaka
Imtiaz Ahmed is Professor of International Relations and Director, Centre for Genocide Studies at the University of Dhaka. Professor Ahmed was educated at the University of Dhaka, Carlton University, Ottawa, and the Australian National University, Canberra. He is also currently Visiting Professor at the Sagesse University, Beirut. Professor Ahmed is the recipient of various awards and honours. He has authored, co-authored, or edited 16 books and 6 monographs. More than 100 research papers and scholarly articles have been published in leading journals and chapters in edited volumes. His recent publication are Historicizing 1971 Genocide: State versus Person (Dhaka: University Press Limited, 2009) and a co-edited volume titled: Contemporarising Tagore and the World (Dhaka: University Press Limited, 2013). His forthcoming publication is an edited volume titled: Human Rights in Bangladesh: Past, Present & Futures (Dhaka: University Press Limited, i.p).
Dr. Anant Bhan
Researcher and Adjunct Professor
Dr. Anant Bhan is trained as a medical doctor with a masters’ degree in bioethics from the University of Toronto. He is a researcher in the fields of Global Health, Health Policy and Bioethics. He serves as the Bhopal hub lead for Sangath (www.sangath.in), one of India’s leading health research organizations. Anant is an Adjunct Visiting Professor, Yenepoya (deemed to be University), India and Adjunct Faculty, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. He also serves as site-PI at Bhopal, India for a US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded ESSENCE project which is a mental health intervention. His work is focused on ethics and equity in health, mental health, digital health, public health ethics, research ethics, community engagement, ethics of innovative technologies and ethics training for professionals. In the past, he has worked for NGOs and a government public health training institution in India, as well as a consultant to a project on Ethical, Social and Cultural issues in health biotechnology based at the University of Toronto, and as Senior Manager with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative in their India Regional Office. He has served as a reviewer, mentor and expert on various committees for DBT-BIRAC and its funded bio-incubators, including for the SPARSH, BIG, BioNEST programs etc and has been involved in supporting the bio-entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in India. Anant has published extensively in various national and international medical journals in the field of global/public health and bioethics, as well as contributed to popular mass media. He is on the Editorial Board of ‘Public Health Ethics’ (www.phe.oxfordjournals.org), a quarterly journal of Oxford University Press and also serves on the International Advisory Board of the Asian Bioethics Review (www.asianbioethicsreview.com). He is also a member of the Ethics Working Group of the US NIH‐funded HIV Prevention Trials Network (http://www.hptn.org/hptnresearchethics.htm). Anant has been a resource person for trainings in global health, research methodology, research ethics and public health ethics, and also serves as guest faculty in various educational institutions in India and abroad. He has been as a reviewer for multiple journals, conference scientific committees and international grant competitions, and served as a member of the Central Ethics Committee on Health Research, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for the period 2017-19. Anant was a member of the Working Group set up to revise the 2002 CIOMS International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research involving Humans (finalized in 2016), and a sub-committee involved in devising the 2017 ICMR National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical and Health Research Involving Human Participants. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Global Forum on Bioethics in Research. Anant was the immediate Past-President of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Bioethics. Dr. Anant Bhan is a member of the Advisory Committee for Venture Center, Pune's Task Force on Repurposing of Drugs for COVID-19 (under a mandate from the Principal Scientific Advisor, GoI's office) and on the Grants Committee for Grand Challenge Innovate2Beat COVID (Marico Innovation Foundation and A.T.E. Chandra Foundation), as well is a member of the Ethics Working Group of the COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition and has been regularly writing in mass media, participated in webinars and TV shows, as well as quoted in multiple news reports on COVID-19. He has also been actively sharing updates and scientific information through his social media channels.