Dr Johanna Garnett
Casual Lecturer , Peace Studies - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Dr. Johanna Garnett is an early career researcher and casual Lecturer in Peace Studies. She holds a PhD, Masters of Environmental Advocacy and Bachelor of Social Science all from UNE. She was awarded the Chancellor’s Doctoral Research Medal for Excellence in Research and International Impact for her PhD in 2017, the D R Grey Philosophy Award, 2011, the Bell Prize for Sociology in 2010. She is a member of the Australian Sociological Association, Australian Political Studies Association and the International Political Studies Association. She also holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
PhD (UNE), MEA (UNE), BSocSc (UNE)
Johanna coordinates PEAC373/573 Globalisation as if People and Ecosystems Matter and PEAC354 Post-Conflict Justice and Reconciliation Processes and has coordinated PEAC352 Building Peace in Post Conflict Situations as well as PAIS361 Sex, Crime and Corruption. She has taught in PEAC304 Environmental Security and Peaceful Futures and PEAC102 Environmental Peace.
Johanna has lived and worked in Myanmar (formerly Burma) for extended periods since 2013, teaching and assisting with the development of leadership and community initiatives for peacebuilding in a post-conflict situation.
She has taught in PEAC304 Environmental Security and Peaceful Futures, PEAC102 Environmental Peace, OORA200 Working with Aboriginal People, CRIM301 Researching Cime, HUMS103 Controversies: Foundations of Critical Social Analysis and HUMS102 Learning Life-long Academic Skills. She has also supervised HUMS507 and HUMS505 research projects as well as assisting with a number of PhD theses.
Johanna is sought after for her research in Myanmar and presents her work on critical education, social movements and alternative development at Australian and international conferences. Her prime concern is giving voice to the ‘voiceless’ or ‘silenced’; facilitating youth in their peacebuilding activities and promoting dialogue on structural, cultural and ecological violence facing agrarian communities, primarily in Myanmar but also in the Asia/Pacific region. Her work in peace studies is supported by her forty years’ experience in teaching and activism. She belongs to a global community of critical educators and activist scholars working towards a more ecologically sound and just global future. In her spare time she makes beautiful patchwork quilts and works in her garden in Armidale.
"Your Place Or Mine? Environmental (In)justice in Myanmar and Australian Activism", Environmental Justice Journal, 2018.
"De-mystifying violent extremism in Myanmar: Confrontation and contestation around religion, development and state-building", Journal of Conflict, Security & Development, co-author Dr. DB Subedi, 2019.
Education for Roghingya Refugees", book chapter in , Routledge Series, Research in International and
Comparative Education, co-authored with Mahbub Prodip, 2019.
Your Place Or Mine? Environmental (In)justice in Myanmar and Australian Activism, Environmental Justice Blog Series, EJ Series, Part 2, Sydney Environment Institute, Sydney University, 30 November 2017, http://sydney.edu.au/environment-institute/.
‘Grassroots Environmental Adult Education - Developing Environmental Peace Infrastructure in the nascent democracy of Myanmar’, Peace and Conflict Review, vol. 9, no. 1, pp., 80-91, 2016. http://www.review.upeace.org/images/PCR9.1.pdf (peer reviewed).
‘The Economics of Happiness – in Myanmar’, New Community Quarterly, vol. 14, no. 1, iss. 53, 2016. New Community Quarterly Association, Auburn (peer reviewed).
‘Saving the World with Organic Agriculture: Grassroots Permaculture Education in Myanmar (Burma), Food Studies; an Interdisciplinary Journal, pp. 39-51, 2016. http://ijo.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.199/prod.120 (peer reviewed).
‘An Eco-Farm in Myanmar (Burma): Saving the World with Organic Agriculture’, Local Futures, Economics of Happiness, Blog, online, 2015. <http://www.localfutures.org/?s=myanmar>.
‘New Actors on the Global Stage – Environmental adult education and activism emerging from within Myanmar (Burma)’, Paper presented at Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Conference, 28 September – 1 October 2014, Sydney, NSW, Social Science Research Network, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2488880 (peer reviewed).
‘Mining for development – destructive and divisive: Eco-villages as an alternative form of development’, Commentary, International Journal of Rural Law and Policy, Special edition 1, Mining in a Sustainable World, 2014. http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/ijrlp/issue/view/303.
‘Why an Education for the Environment is an Education for Peace’ (with Vanessa Bible), Nucleus: Peace and Politics Issue, September 2013, p. 19.
The #StopAdani Movement – People Power versus Coal Power, paper presented at the International Political Studies Association (IPSA) Conference, 21-25 July 2018, Brisbane.
Grassroots and Genocide: It’s all about the land, 2017, seminar presentation, UNE Humanities Research Days, 5-6 December 2017.
A Green Path towards Ecologically Sustainable Development, 2017, paper presented at Australian Myanmar Institute (AMI), Progress towards Myanmar’s Sustainable Development Goals, Yangon University, Myanmar, 27-30 November 2017.
Your Place Or Mine? Environmental (In)justice in Myanmar and Australian Activism, 2017, paper presented at Environmental Justice Conference 2017: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Sydney University, Sydney, 6-8 November 2017.
Convergence: Youth and everyday politics in Myanmar, Indonesia and Australia, 2017, paper presented at Indonesia Council Open Conference (ICOC), Flinders University, Adelaide, 3 - 4 July 2017 (invited).
Mediating climate change across cultural boundaries: an exploration of empirical knowledge and embodied responses, 2017, paper presented at Mediating Climate Change Conference, Leeds University, 4-6 July 2017 (presented via skype).
New Actors on a Global Stage: Grassroots Responses to Globalisation in Myanmar, 2017, paper presented at International Indonesian Forum for Asian Studies (IIFAS) conference
Borderless communities and nations with borders: challenges of globalisation, 8-9 February 2017, Universitas Islam Indonesia, Jogjakarta, Indonesia.
Saving the World with Organic Agriculture; how is grassroots environmental adult education contributing to development in Myanmar?, 2016, paper presented at ‘Intersections of Knowledge’, Inaugral University of New England (UNE) PhD Conference, 19-20 January 2016, Armidale, NSW.
‘Grassroots Environmental Adult Education: Developing Environmental Peace Infrastructure in the nascent democracy of Myanmar’, paper presented at UNE Peace Conference, Sydney, 27 August 2015.
‘Environmental Peace; Paving the Way to a Greener Future’, paper presented at Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Conference, 30 August – 02 September 2015, Canberra, ACT.
‘New Actors on the Global Stage – Environmental adult education and activism emerging from within Myanmar (Burma)’, paper presented at Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Conference, 28 September – 1 October 2014, Sydney, NSW.
Mining for development – destructive and divisive: Eco-villages as an alternative form of development’, paper presented at Mining in a Sustainable World Conference, University of New England (UNE), 13-15 October 2013, Armidale, NSW.
‘Why an Education for the Environment is an Education for Peace’, paper presented at Harmony Day Conference, 21st September 2013, UNE, Armidale, NSW.