Associate Professor Anne Bartlett

Convenor, International Studies Program
PhD University of Chicago
School of Humanities & Languages, Centre for Refugee Research


9385 7728
Room 230, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus


by appointment

Anne Bartlett has worked on Sudan, South Sudan and East Africa for over 15 years. Her research centers on three key areas: conflict, forced displacement and related humanitarian crises.  Bartlett has conducted ethnographic research with the armed movements of Darfur to understand how human rights abuses, underdevelopment and lack of political recognition on the part of the government, impacted the uprising in the region. Other work in Nyala, Darfur, showed how war, the influx of IDPs and humanitarian aid impacted host communities in terms of the livelihoods, the morphology of the city and the landscape ecology of the surrounding area. Bartlett has also worked on cross-comparative projects between Nyala and El-Obeid, Kordofan, Sudan to understand the effects of conflict on labor markets

Recent research in conjunction with the UNHCR and World Bank aims to understand the impact of refugees on the host community in Kakuma camp, Kenya. As the site of one of the longest protracted displacement situations in the world, Kakuma camp has generated significant interaction effects between the refugees and their hosts, the Turkana people. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, the research looks at changes to local economies, social processes and forms of cohesion. To date, the research has shown that refugees increase the Gross Regional Product in Turkana and create significant added value to previously marginalized sectors of the population. The results of this project have recently been published in a World Bank/UNHCR report entitled “Yes in My BackYard: The Economics of Refugees and Their Social Dynamics in Kakuma, Kenya and in two background papers.

Bartlett is currently working with Gulu University as part of the UNSW 2025 Strategy to understand how conflict resurgence occurs in locations that have previously experienced war and where tensions have not been fully resolved.  As part of this partnership, she is working on a project between UNSW, Sydney and the Peace institute of Gulu University which aims to understand what kinds of intervention might prevent conflict as a result of land disputes. 

Bartlett is a member of the marginalized dialogue working group which brings together groups from across Sudan who are living in conflict conditions and is now working on a project that analyzes the reasons for conflict spread in South Sudan since 2013. 

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

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