Scott MacWilliam

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Dr Scott MacWilliam became a Visiting Fellow at DPA in July 2012.

Previously he lectured in the Department of Management at the Western Australian Institute of Technology, in the School of Social Sciences at Curtin University of Technology, the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at the University of Papua New Guinea, and the Department of History and Politics at the University of the South Pacific.

At USP where he was employed as Associate Professor, Dr MacWilliam established the undergraduate governance program.

For ten years before coming to DPA, Dr MacWilliam lectured on development theories, development practice and poverty reduction in the Policy and Governance Program at the Crawford School, ANU.

Dr MacWilliam has researched in and written on Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Australia, as well as more generally on comparative politics, governance, political economy, smallholder agriculture, ethnicity and poverty.

His doctoral research on late colonial development in Papua New Guinea was completed in 2009, and received the Australian Political Studies Association’s PhD thesis prize for 2011.

The thesis was also awarded an ANU HCA award to enable the conversion of the study into a forthcoming ANU E-Press publication Securing Village Life: Development in Late Colonial Papua New Guinea.

Dr MacWilliam has co-authored three books: with H.M.Thompson The Political Economy of Papua New Guinea: Critical Essays, with France Desaubin and Wendy Timms Domestic Food Production and Political Conflict in Kenya, and with Michael Cowen Indigenous Capital in Kenya: The `Indian’ Dimension of Debate.

He also has published more than 30 articles in edited collections and journals, and is a regular book reviewer for a number of journals in the general field of development studies, with area concentrations in East Africa and the South Pacific.

He is writing a book titled Exit the Bloody Pirates: Burns, Philp after 1945 in the South Pacific, on the post-war history of the major Australian company which was especially important in the commerce and politics of the South Pacific, particularly Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

Research interests

Comparative politics; governance; political economy; smallholder agriculture; ethnicity; poverty; Kenya; Papua New Guinea; Fiji; Australia

Expertise Areas

  • Public Administration


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