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  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


1994 …2020

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Dr Alka Sabharwal lectures at the School of Social Sciences. Her research focuses on state, bureaucracy and environmental policymaking in India, and she has been published both in Australia and abroad. Dr Sabharwal has worked for ten years in non-governmental organisations in the Indo-Pacific region, coordinating development-policy research programs at the likes of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). She is also a member of the South Asian Association of Australia and has been invited to present her research around the world.


Teaching overview

Postgraduate Unit Co-ordinator

Master of Public Policy (Public Sector Leadership in Practice)

Master of International Development (Politics of Development Specialisation);

SOCS5051 NGOs,Governance and Development;

POLS5672 Global Development Debates.


POLS 5651Global Political Economy;

SOC5003Research Design.

ORGM6000 International Business Ethics (Curtin Business School)


Undergraduate Unit Co-ordinator

POLS2201 Foundations of Public Policy;

POLS3335 Social Movements & the Politics of Change;

ANTH4103 Knowing Social Realities: Empirical Explorations; 

MGMT3006 Business Ethics (Curtin Business School);

SUS100 Critical Sustainable Development (Murdoch University).

Tutoring/Guest Lecturing

ASIA3005 Democratizing in Asia;

SOCS5200 Digital Advocacy;

ANTH1001 & 1002 Anthropology & Sociology;

GEOG5002 Development Practice; ANTH3701 Environment, Landscape and Place;

AST312 Anthropology, Society & Culture ( Murdoch University);

MGMT2004 Business and Sustainable Development (Curtin Business School)



Anthropology of State; Bureaucracy; Politics of Environmentalism; India; Ethnography; Cultural Politics; Himalaya; Asian Borderlands; Frontierization. 







External positions

Associate Lecturer/Course Designer/Tutor, Curtin University of Technology

7 Jul 201615 Jul 2018

Unit Manager/Lecturer, Murdoch University

1 Jun 20151 Feb 2016

Research expertise keywords

  • Politics Of The Environment
  • Postcolonialism
  • Pastoralism
  • Borderlands
  • South Asia

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Research Output

Closing the Frontier? From Contested Boundaries to the Greening of the Frontier Politics in Changthang

Sabharwal, A., Dec 2020, (Accepted/In press) Routledge Handbook of Critical Kashmir Studies. Bhan, M., Duschinski, H. & Misri, D. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

  • Mutating Kashmir and Ladakh into "Bantustans"

    Sabharwal, A., 14 Aug 2019, Indian Ocean Centre for Peace Studies and The Australian Institute of International Affairs.

    Research output: Other contribution

    Stategraphy: Toward a Relational Anthropology of the State

    Sabharwal, A., 3 Apr 2019, In : Anthropological Forum. 29, 2, p. 198-200 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

    Frontierization and defrontierization: Reconceptualising frontier frames in Indonesia and India

    Acciaioli, G. & Sabharwal, A., 2017, Transnational Frontiers of Asia and Latin America since 1800. Tejada, J. M. & Tatar, B. (eds.). Abingdon, UK: Routledge, p. 31-45 (Border Regions Series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

    Contested Affluence: Cultural Politics of Pashmina Wealth and Wildlife Conservation in Ladakh

    Sabharwal, A., 2016, The Economics of Ecology, Exchange, and Adaptation: Anthropological Explorations. Wood, D. (ed.). UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Vol. 36. p. 77-113

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

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