Dr Tanya Jakimow

Senior Lecturer

Graduate Certificate of University Learning and Teaching (2014) UNSW Sydney, Australia

PhD Development Studies (2011) University of Melbourne, Australia

Bachelor Arts/Asian Studies (2007) Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

School of Social Sciences


Room 142 Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Anthropology of Development

Tanya Jakimow is an anthropologist of development, researching in India and Indonesia. The central focus of her work is the micro-politics of local level development. Her current book project (in draft) Development Susceptibilities: the micro-politics of urban development in India and Indonesia, brings affect theory into conversation with theories of power in Development Studies to propose a new approach to understanding power configurations in local level development. It draws upon ethnographic research with volunteers in a community-driven development program in Medan, Indonesia, and with women Municipal Councillors in Dehra Dun, India, and was funded by an Australian Research Council DECRA Award. Tanya’s most recently published monograph, Decentring Development: Understanding Change in Agrarian Societies (2015, Palgrave MacMillan, Anthropology, Change and Development series) centres the political economy of selfhood in analysis of rural livelihoods and agrarian transformation, drawing upon research conducted in Telangana, India, and Central Lombok, Indonesia. Her first monograph, Peddlers of Information: Indian NGOs in the Information Age (2012, Kumarian Press), examined the knowledge making practices of small local NGOs in Uttarakhand, India. Her journal articles on these topics (among others) span the fields/disciplines of Development Studies, Anthropology and Asian Studies.

Tanya Jakimow's most recent research is focused on the experiences of local level women political actors in India and Indonesia.


Women in politics; community-driven development; voluntarism; personhood/selfhood; non-government organizations; local development actors; agrarian change; urban development


Teaching and Supervision

Tanya Jakimow teaches into the Undergraduate and Masters Program in Development Studies, and the coursework for Honours Students

  • ARTS2754 - Development in Practice: Research for Social Change
  • ARTS4268 - Methodologies in the Social Sciences
  • SOCW7855 - Community Development

PhD Supervision (current)

  • Antoni Tsaputra (Joint), Disability Inclusive Budgeting in Indonesia
  • Ismawaty Nur (Secondary), Local Governance responses to Flooding in Makassar, Indonesia
  • Kaira Canete (Joint), 'Building Back Better': A critical approach to disaster responses in the Philippines
  • Maine Suadik (Joint) TBC
  • Angtyasti Jiwasiddi (Secondary) Digital Nomads in Indonesia
  • Matthew Wilkinson (Joint) 'Masculinities in Nagaland'

I regret that I amunable to accept further students for PhDsupervision at this time


  • Australian Research Council, Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA), 2013-17‘Decentralisation in India and Indonesia: How NGOs affect citizens’ encounters and experiences of local level governance’.
  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research 2010, Project variation grant ‘Livelihoods and climate variability in Telangana’.
  • Endeavour Research Fellowship 2010, ‘Institutions and livelihoods’.

Engagement and Professional contributions

  • Secretary of the South Asian Studies Association of Australia (2018 to present)
  • Founding member of the Development Studies Association of Australia (2018 to present).
  • External Member of the CSIRO Human Research Ethics Committee (2016 to present)
  • Academic Fellow of the Australian India Institute (2017 to present)
  • Expert database, Research for Development Impact Network (2017 to present)

Editorial board membership

  • Asian Studies Review, Australia’s leading Asian Studies journal, regional editor South Asia (2019 to present)
  • Journal for Developing Societies, SAGE (2017 to present).
  • Asian Development Perspectives (2015 to present)