Associate Professor Anne Bartlett

Convenor, International Studies Program

PhD University of Chicago

School of Humanities & Languages, Centre for Refugee Research


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230 Morven Brown
Kensington Campus

Anne Bartlett has worked on Darfur and Sudan for 18 years. She has conducted research on the armed groups in Darfur and has worked more widely across Sudan and South Sudan since 2000. Her work includes a project in Nyala, Darfur that shows how war, the influx of IDPs and a resultant humanitarian aid infrastructure impact those living in the major urban centres in the region. Using GIS, Landsat and Enhanced Vegetative Index technology together with social science methods, it examines the impact of humanitarian intervention on the livelihoods of local people of Nyala, the morphology of the city and the landscape ecology of the surrounding area. The goal is to provide models which can be used by a variety of organizations involved in crisis prevention and response.

Other research has aimed to understand the relationship between the host community and refugees in one of the largest refugee camps in the world -- Kakuma, Kenya on behalf of the World Bank and UNHCR. This work published in 2017 and 2018 shows that refugees augment local economies and create a positive net impact.

Recent projects in Northern Uganda focus on land conflict. As Lead for the UNSW 2025 Strategy on the prevention of conflict resurgence in Acholiland, she has written on land dispossession and is currently working on sustainable methods to decrease the spread of deforestation and charcoal production.

Bartlett is a member of the marginalized dialogue working group which brings together groups from across Sudan who are living in conflict conditions. As part of this group she has also recently started working on a project that that analyses women’s lives under conflict conditions – in particular, resilience and informal methods of survival.

Bartlett was the chair of the United Nations hearing on the Darfur crisis, UN commission on Human Rights, 60th Session, Geneva, Switzerland, April 2004. She has also met with former President Thabo Mbeki and the African National Congress in South Africa to discuss progress on the situation in Darfur. Bartlett has published extensively on the Darfur crisis and has given numerous talks on the subject worldwide.

Bartlett was the President of the Sudan Studies Association from 2015 to 2017 and is currently Vice-President of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP).


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