Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta

Senior Lecturer and Convenor, Master of International Relations (MIR)

BA Hons (University of Delhi), MA (Cardiff University), MScEcon (Aberystwyth University), PhD (Royal Holloway, University of London)

School of Social Sciences


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Fields: International Relations, Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific

Monika Barthwal-Datta is a Senior Lecturer in International Security in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. Monika’s research areas include critical security studies, human security, 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, and Indian foreign policy.

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 PhD 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 Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD, www.aiyd.org) and the South Asia Book Review Editor for Asian Studies Review.



    Book Chapters

    • Barthwal-Datta M;Clapton W, 2016, 'Diplomacy Down-Under: Australia-India Relations under Modi’s Leadership', in Chowdhury Y; Chowdhury AD (ed.), Narendra Modi and the World: The Ring View Inside Out, pp. 152 - 158
    • Barthwal-Datta M, 2014, 'Global food security: The challenge of feeding the world', in The SAGE Handbook of Globalization, pp. 885 - 901, http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781473906020.n50
    • Barthwal-Datta M;Basu S, 2014, 'Land, Water and Food', in Shepherd LJ (ed.), Gender Matters in Global Politics: A Feminist Introduction to International Relations, edn. 2nd, Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 197 - 209, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415715218/
    • Barthwal-datta M, 2009, 'India's Look East Policy: Challenges and Opportunities', in Bosold D; Brockmann K (ed.), Regional Leaders in the Global Security Arena: Interests, Strategies and Capabilities, edn. Original, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Berlin, pp. 33 - 42

    Journal articles

Teaching and Supervision

Term 1
ARTS3819 Emerging Challenges in International Security

Term 3

ARTS2813 International Security

ARTS1811Contemporary Issues in Government and Global Politics

Honours and prizes

Dean's Award for Achievements by an Early Career Researcher, 2016

Engagement and Professional contributions

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