Professor Duncan McDuie-Ra

Professor of Development Studies
PhD Politics and International Relations UNSW, MA International Relations UNSW, BA Communications UTS,
School of Social Sciences


+61 (2) 9385 2525
+61 (2) 9385 1040
Room 167, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Urban Sociology and Community Studies, Migration, Anthropology of Development, Race and Ethnic Relations
Tags: Government and Politics, International Aid and Development


Duncan McDuie-Ra is Professor of Development Studies at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

Duncan’s first research area is ethnographic approaches to development, race, migration, and vernacular urbanism. His most recent books are Borderland City in New India: frontier to gateway (2016, Amsterdam University Press), Debating Race in Contemporary India (2015, Palgrave) Northeast Migrants in Delhi: Race, Refuge and Retail (2012, Amsterdam University Press, IIAS Monograph Series) and The Politics of Collective Advocacy in India: Tools and Traps (2011, Lynne Reinner, co-authored with Nandini Deo). He is an Associate Editor for South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies (Taylor & Francis) and on the editorial board for the book series Asian Borderlands (Amsterdam University Press)

Duncan’s second research area is focused on environmental politics in the Pacific, particularly the politics around climate change and international aid and the political possibilities for Pacific States, Islands and Territories. This work is currently being funded through an ARC Discovery Grant (2011-2015), with Prof. Marc Williams as co-investigator.

Research Areas

Asian borderlands, migration, militarisation, vernacular urbanism, ethnicty, territory, civil society 

Current Research Projects

Climate change and environmental security in the Pacific: The role of regional organisations
Marc Williams and Duncan McDuie-Ra, Australian Research Council - Discovery Project, Project ID: DP110105299 (2011-2015). 

The Application and Consequences of E-Governance in India’s Fight Against Urban Poverty (2012-14) Prof McDuie-Ra (CI), Prof Ursula Rao (PI), Ankur (PO)  ARC Linkage Grant LP12. Project ID: LP120100108. 

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision
Ethnographies of development, ethnicity and race, gender, masculinity, territory, cities.

Other Information

Visiting Fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies in Leiden, the Netherlands, January-June 2011.



I am currently on sabbatical from July 2016 to June 2017.

Postgraduate Research Supervision
I currently supervise research students working on ethnogrpahic research in Asia.

Affiliations and membership

Associate Editor South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies [Taylor & Francis]

Editor in Chief of the ASAA South Asia Book Series [Routledge] 

Editorial Board of the Asian Borderlands book series [Amsterdam Univefrsity Press]