1979 …2024

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Throughout her career, Professor Vicziany's driving passion has been to understand the causes and implications of mass poverty and discrimination: making life bearable for all people requires scholars to engage in multidisciplinary, cross-regional and collaborative research.

Professor Emerita Marika (Antonia) Vicziany is based in the MAI (Monash Asia Initiative) in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University in Melbourne. 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 published in the fields of mass poverty, minorities, culture, religion, health-food security, environmental issues in villages, towns,  and cities and long run economic development in Asia and Europe.  How these intersect with regional and global security is another dimension to her research . She has undertaken fieldwork in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and China since 1974.  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, organised numerous Australian and international conferences and provided institutional support to research fellows working on ambitious projects such as plastic recycling in Indonesia and establishing a Music School in Kabul, Afghanistan.

In addition to 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  Her unpublished consultancy reports include studies on the Madrassas of South Asia, the Evolution of the Indian IT Industry, various aspects of business in Asia, and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. 

Research for/with international agencies, governments, and businesses.

The following list provides a summary of her research for the non-university sector, namely international agencies, governments and businesses.

Convener of the visit to Melbourne by a delegation from the Ministries of Labour and Education, Government of Afghanistan, August.
Funding: World Bank.

Vicziany author of the report for Government of Afghanistan: Technical and Vocational Training and Job Creation for Unskilled, Semi-Skilled, Unemployed, War Veterans and Vulnerable Sections of Society.

Creation of Database of Australia-Sri Lanka linkages (RA: Dr Alfonso Martinez Arranz)
Funding: Australia Sri Lanka Business Council, Melbourne. 

Convener of the visit to Melbourne by the Deputy Minister for Technical and Vocational Training, Government of Afghanistan, June. 
Funding: World Bank.

Vicziany author of the report for the Government of Afghanistan Ministries of Labour and Education on: The Australian Vocational and Technical Training Sector: Balancing Quality Control and Transparency with Flexibility, Financial and Intellectual Deregulation.

Author of chapters on cultural industries, defense industries and geopolitical and socio-political dimensions in: Western Australian Government, Building on the Western Australian Boom: The Drivers and Shapers of India’s Economic Development in the 21st Century- INDIA, February, Technology and Industry Advisory Council (TIAC).

Funding: Western Australian Government and Victoria University of Technology

Vicziany's research team involved Dr D. Siddiqui and Dr A. Barbar in a study of the Madrassahs (Islamic religious schools) of South Asia in 6 volumes for AusAID.

Overview and recommendations
Literature review of Pakistani madrassahs
Fieldwork in Pakistan
Literature review of Bangladesh madrassahs
Fieldwork in Bangladesh
Literature review of Indian madrassahs
Funding: AusAID.

Personal Submission to Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense, Trade; India Public Hearing, Sydney 20 September. 

2005 (final year)
Business Case Studies Project with RA Tim Thornton. For Austrade. In Year 3 there were 160,000 downloads.
Funding: Austrade.

Report for DEST (Commonwealth Government of Australia) on ‘Indian economic scenarios-  the next 20 years’.
Funding: DEST.

2003     April-May
5-part report and training program for India-Australia Training and Capacity Building Project (IATCBP) SP48 Learning from State Reforms, A Study Tour of Australia.
For AusAID-GRM..
Funding: AusAID.

2002 April 22 - June 22
Design and delivery of an intensive 9-week training course for Indonesian regional SMEs under AusAID’s Indonesia-Australia Specialised Training Project Phase III (IASTP III): Indonesian Small Medium Enterprises. The theme was Australia’s experience with export promotion to benefit SMEs. Documents included course manual and reports.

Vicziany team leader with John Fuhrman and others.
Funding: AusAID via Monash International.

Report into Indonesian Studies at Monash University for the Dean of Arts, Monash.

Author of three chapters on minorities, women and social conditions in western China (based on fieldwork in Yunnan, Gansu and Xinjiang provinces).
For Asian Development Bank and the State Council of China.
Funding: Asian Development Bank.
PUBLISHED REPORT:  Asian Development Bank, 2002. The 2020 Project: Policy Support in the People’s Republic of China, Manila.
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Report on: ‘Opportunities in Information Technology’ May, commissioned by the East Asia Analytical Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra.
Funding: DFAT.
The report was incorporated by DFAT into India: New Economy Old Economy, December 2001.

With co-author John McKay, “Security and Disarmament in the Asia-Pacific Region: an unofficial view”, Monash Asia Institute, November.

Briefings for General La Pica, Defense Attaché Designate, Italian Embassy, India, September,
Funding: School of Foreign Languages, Italian Military, Perugia, Italy.

Briefing to Curtin University, Perth, on international student recruitment.

Briefing to Melbourne City Council on urban developments in Mumbai, India.
Funding: Melbourne City Council.

Personal Submission to Senate Standing Committee Foreign Affairs and Defense on Indian and Pakistan Nuclear Tests, Hansard, August- November.
PUBLISHED in Hansard.

Report on Indian Trade Unions for Deakin International.
Funding: Deakin University.

Briefings on globalization strategies for Telstra Centre for Leadership.
Funding: Telstra.

Report on ‘Country Strategy for Australian Studies in India’ to DEETYA (Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs), Canberra. This study included the creation of a database on educational links between Australia and India.
Funding:  DEETYA.

Personal submission on ‘Indo-Australian Joint Ventures- Towards the Year 2000’ to Joint Parliamentary Committee on Trade, May, Canberra.

On 21 July 1997 I gave evidence to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade based on the above report and other aspects of the bilateral relationship.
EVIDENCE PUBLISHED IN HANSARD: https://www.aph.gov.au/binaries/hansard/joint/commttee/j1204.pdf

Report on Pakistan’s minerals and politics to Pasminco, a large Australian mining company.

After the report, Pasminco also funded the first visit to Australia of the Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team. 
Funding: Pasmino.

Report to Hilary McPhee (Director Australia Council) on the Current Arts Scene in India,  September.
Funding: Australia Council.
Note: This report was written to facilitate the Council's participation in DFAT’s Indian festival in New Delhi (late 1996) to promote bilateral relations: ‘ In late 1996 the Australian Government, with support from Australian and Indian public and private sector agencies, undertook an integrated country program - Australia India - New Horizons - as part of its strategy to promote Australia in India. The importance placed on this promotion is underlined by the fact that it is only the fourth integrated trade and cultural country program ever undertaken by the Australian Government.’

An assessment of this program can be found in Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Australia's Trade Relationship with India, The Australian Parliament, Canberra,  29 June 1998; https://www.aph.gov.au/parliamentary_business/committees/house_of_representatives_committees?url=jfadt/india/reptindx.htm.  Chapter 4 also provides a short history of university centres focused on South Asia: e.g. National Centre for South Asian Studies Section 4.60.

Designed and delivered briefing courses for Telstra executives going to Indian posts.
Funding: Telstra.

Briefing courses for Telstra via RIAP (Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific, University of Sydney).
Funding: Telstra/RIAP.

Briefings for Global Interface Melbourne.
Funding: Global Interface.

Report to the Melbourne Stock Exchange about developments on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
Funding: Melbourne Stock Exchange.

With RA Clement Paligaru, Australia-India: A Directory of our Links, NCSAS, Melbourne. 1st edition, pp.417.
Funding: Austrade.
2nd edition with RA Juliet Yee, 1997.

Report for the East Asia Analytical Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on contemporary India. 
Funding: DFAT.
DFAT PUBLISHED India's Economy at the Midnight Hour; this incorporated findings by the above report: https://www.dfat.gov.au/sites/default/files/india-2.pdf

‘The Caged Tiger Uncaged, in Running with the Tigers, Western Australian Government.

Report to Sprintpak (Australia Post) on India Post: Its organization, administration and production system with special reference to modernisation and market opportunities for Australian companies, September. 
Funding: Australia Post.

Co-author of The National Strategy for the Study of India and Indian Languages (Commissioned by the Asian Studies Council), Melbourne, South Asian Studies Group, August. 

Design and delivery of business briefings on India for Monash-ANZ Centre for International Briefings.
Funding: Monash-ANZ Centre.

With co-authors S Lakha and R. Jeffrey, Melbourne South Asian Studies group Submission to the Inquiry into Australia/India relations conducted by the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Official Hansard Report, Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade, 16 May, pp. 00330-00347.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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