Dr Johanna Garnett

Lecturer, Sociology and Peace Studies , Peace Studies - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Johanna Garnett

Biography

Dr. Johanna Garnett is an early career researcher and Lecturer in Sociology and 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.

Qualifications

PhD (UNE), MEA (UNE), BSocSc (UNE)

Teaching Areas

Johanna coordinates SOCY301/501 – Changing Climate/Changing Lives, SOCY313/513 – Australian Social and Public Policy, SOCY 345/545 – Mixed Methods in Social Research, SOCY360/560 – Power, Inequality and Social Mobility, SOCY336 – The Family and Children in Society and SOCY354 – The Sociology of Youth.

She has also coordinated PEAC373/573 - Globalisation as if People and Ecosystems Matter, PEAC354 - Post-Conflict Justice and Reconciliation Processes, PEAC352 Building Peace in Post Conflict Situations, PAIS361 Sex, Crime and Corruption. She has taught in PEAC102 - Environmental Peace, HUMS103 - Controversies: Foundations of Critical Social Analysis, SOCY110 – Foundations of Society, HUMS102 - Learning Life-long Academic Skills, OORA200 - Working with Aboriginal People, PEAC304 -Environmental Security and Peaceful Futures, CRIM301 - Researching Crime, SOCY302/502 – Working with Organisations and SOCY356/556 – The State, Power and Violence.

She has also supervised HASS500, HUMS507 and HUMS505 research projects as well as supervising a number of international PhD students.

Research Interests

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. 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 2019 she bought 9 acres of land with some Myanmar colleagues in order to establish the Myanmar Permaculture Institute. This is to be developed as a training centre and demonstration farm in late 2020.

Current Research

Youth and Environmental Peacebuilding Initiatives in Agrarian Communities – Myanmar. 

Aims to gain an understanding into community and grassroots environmental and  sustainability projects being developed within Myanmar, particularly projects that have been initiated, and are being managed, by young adults. Aim is to gain a deeper understanding of the role grassroots individuals and communities are playing in sustainability and environmental peace building in Myanmar. This is important in light of serious environmental and food security issues in the country relating to globalisation and climate change.

Publications

Pending

"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, 2020.

Reimagining Space, Re-organising Lives: Environmental activism in Myanmar. Book Chapter in edited book - Youth Beyond the City: Thinking from the Margins, Policy Press, 2020.

‘Democracy Icon or Demagogue? Aung San Su Kyi and Populist Politics in Myanmar’, Book Chapter in edited book – Handbook of Populism in Asia and the Pacific, 2020.

Published

Prodip, M & Garnett, J 2019, Emergency Education for Rohingya Refugee Children in Bangladesh: An analysis of the policies, practices and limitations. Book Chapter in edited book - Education as a Panacea for Refugee Youth: Transitioning from Conflict to the Classroom, Routledge, London.

"Your Place Or Mine? Environmental (In)justice in Myanmar and Australian Activism", Environmental Justice Journal, 11 (6), 2018.

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. (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.

Presentations

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.