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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on the political economy of aid and development policy.

Kelly is an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award recipient and an Endeavour Cheung Kong Award recipient. Her PhD was awarded in 2013 and she completed postdoctoral training at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, and the Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong.

Her work has been published in Review of International Political Economy, The Pacific Review, and Globalizations, among others. Kelly has written for New Mandala, Disruptive Asia, and the East Asia Forum, and in 2017 she delivered the conference keynote for the ASEAN Forum. Kelly welcomes doctoral research proposals from students on topics in her field of expertise.

Roles and responsibilities

Co-editor (with Toby Carroll, Darryl Jarvis and Paul Cammack) of 'Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy', Palgrave Macmillan: https://www.palgrave.com/in/series/14465

Funding overview

(2017) 'Advancing Gender Equality Through Aid: Realising Women's Empowerment', ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, $365,103
(2015) Research Collaboration Award (with David Mickler, Kathryn Sturman, Matthew Wood, Matthew Flinders), Stakeholder Engagement and Legitimacy in Regional Organisations, $10,850
(2013) Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship, Understanding the Reformed ASEAN, $23,500

Teaching overview

POLS2220 Foundations of Global Political Economy (unit coordinator)
POLS3335 Social Movements and the Politics of Change (unit coordinator)
POLS5651 Global Political Economy (unit coordinator)
POLS3005 Autocracy and Democracy in Asia (team lecturer)


International Political Economy
Social Movements
Southeast Asian politics


Mandarin (intermediate)

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • International Political Economy
  • Social Movements
  • Political Participation
  • Development
  • Regionalism


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