1982 …2021

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Professor Emerita Marika (Antonia) Vicziany is baed in the MAI (Monash Asia Initiative) in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University in Melbourne.  She has published in the fields of mass poverty, minorities, culture, health and long term economic development in Asia and how these issues intersect with regional and global security. She has a double 1st class honours degree in Politics and History from the University of Western Australia (Perth) and a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.  She has undertaken fieldwork in South Asian and Chinese villages, small towns and cities over the last forty years.  Having served as the Foundation Director of the National Centre for South Asian Studies (1993-1997) and then the Director of the Monash Asia Institute (2001-2013) she retired in order to focus exclusively on her research projects, many of them involving colleagues in Australia, Asia and Europe.  In addition to her own research she has, since 2005 supervised 30 doctoral students to completion and organised numerous Australian and international seminars and conferences.  Apart from her academic work, she has also worked as a consultant to various organisations including the Asian Development Bank, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Commonwealth Government of Australia), the Australia Council, the Department of Education and Training (Commonwealth Government of Australia), the Government of Western Australia, numerous Australian companies and the Government of Afghanistan.  Her unpublished consultancy reports include studies on the Madrassas of South Asia, the Evolution of the Indian IT Industry, various aspects of business in Asia, and Australian marketing opportunities in India, Malaysia and other parts of Asia.  Throughout her career, her driving passion has been to understand the causes and implications of mass poverty and discrimination and how making life for bearable for all people requires scholars to engage in multidisciplinary, cross-regional and collaborative research.


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