Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta

Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta

Senior Lecturer

BA Hons (University of Delhi), MA (Cardiff University), MScEcon (Aberystwyth University), PhD (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Arts, Design & Architecture
School of Social Sciences

Monika Barthwal-Datta is Senior Lecturer in International Security in the School of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney. Monika’s research areas include critical security studies, securitization studies, strategic narratives, and foreign policy. Empirically, her research focus includes non-traditional security issues, particularly food security; non-state actors and regional security challenges in South Asia, and Indian foreign policy. Monika was awarded her PhD by Royal Holloway College, University of London, and holds an MScEcon in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University. She also has a Master’s in International Journalism from Cardiff University, and has worked as a Broadcast Journalist for the BBC World Service Radio in London for several years. Monika is the author of Food Security in Asia: Challenges, Policies and Implications  (IISS and Routledge, 2014) and Understanding Security Practices in South Asia: Securitisation Theory and the role of non-state actors (Routledge, 2012).

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  • Books | 2014
    Barthwal-Datta M, 2014, Food Security in Asia: Challenges, Policies and Implications, Routledge, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London, http://www.iiss.org/en/publications/adelphi/by%20year/2013-7c11/food-security-in-asia-d8fc#.Uw9BZ1KAQrA.twitter
    Books | 2012
    Barthwal-datta M, 2012, Understanding security practices in South Asia : securitization theory and the role of non-state actors, Routledge, New York, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203120682
  • Book Chapters | 2022
    Barthwal-Datta M; Basu S, 2022, 'Land, Water and Food', in Gender Matters in Global Politics, Routledge, pp. 259 - 274, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781003036432-21
    Book Chapters | 2022
    Barthwal-Datta M; Krystalli R; Shephard L, 2022, 'Narrative in politics and the politics of narrative', in Dawson P; Mäkelä M (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Narrative Theory, Routledge, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781003100157
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Barthwal-Datta M; Clapton W, 2016, 'Diplomacy Down-Under: Australia-India Relations under Modi’s Leadership', in Chowdhury Y; Chowdhury AD (ed.), Narendra Modi and the World: The Ring View Inside Out, pp. 152 - 158
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Barthwal-Datta M; Basu S, 2014, 'Land, Water and Food', in Shepherd LJ (ed.), Gender Matters in Global Politics: A Feminist Introduction to International Relations, edn. 2nd, Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 197 - 209, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415715218/
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Barthwal-Datta M, 2014, 'Global Food Security: The Challenge of Feeding the World', in Steger M; Battersby P; Siracusa J (ed.), The SAGE Handbook of Globalization, SAGE, pp. 885 - 901, http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781473906020.n50
    Book Chapters | 2009
    Barthwal-datta M, 2009, 'India's Look East Policy: Challenges and Opportunities', in Bosold D; Brockmann K (ed.), Regional Leaders in the Global Security Arena: Interests, Strategies and Capabilities, edn. Original, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Berlin, pp. 33 - 42
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Barthwal-Datta M, 2023, 'On In/Visibility', Journal of Critical Southern Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.3943/jcss.45
    Journal articles | 2023
    Barthwal-Datta M, 2023, 'Theorizing Strategic Narrative Disruption: Local Non-State Actors and India’s COVID-19 Narrative', Global Studies Quarterly, 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/isagsq/ksad053
    Journal articles | 2021
    Barthwal-Datta M, 2021, 'Constructing India as a Similar Enough Other: The Bush Administration's Strategic Narrative of the US-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement', Journal of Global Security Studies, 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jogss/ogz071
    Journal articles | 2020
    Barthwal-Datta M; Chacko P, 2020, 'The politics of strategic narratives of regional order in the Indo-Pacific: Free, open, prosperous, inclusive?', Australian Journal of International Affairs, 74, pp. 244 - 263, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10357718.2020.1744517
    Journal articles | 2017
    Barthwal-Datta M; Basu S, 2017, 'Reconceptualizing regional security in South Asia: A critical security approach', Security Dialogue, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0967010617717619
    Journal articles | 2015
    Barthwal-Datta M, 2015, 'Strategic narratives and non-state actors', Critical Studies on Security, 3, pp. 328 - 330, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21624887.2015.1103014
    Journal articles | 2009
    Barthwal-datta M, 2009, 'Securitising without the State? A Case Study of Misgovernance as a Security Threat in Bangladesh', Review of International Studies, 35, pp. 277 - 300, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0260210509008523
  • Reports | 2014
    Appels R; Andrews N; Appelqvist IA; Arcot J; Arkle P; Archibald DC; Batt PJ; Barton M; Bartlett R; Blight D; Bendorf A; Baker C; Barthwal-Datta M; Batterham RJ; Bellotti WD; Belesky P; Bronitt S; Bell RW; Cribb JH; Huda S, 2014, Food and Water Security: Our Global Challenge: FDI Landmark Study, Future Directions International, Nedlands, W.A., https://researchdirect.westernsydney.edu.au/islandora/object/uws:23542/

Finalist, UNSW Scientia Education Academy Exemplary Teaching Practice Awards 2021, Categoary: Inspiring Students.

Dean's Award for Achievements by an Early Career Researcher, 2016

Associate Editor, International Studies Quarterly 

Director, School of Policy and Governance (SPG), India

Co-Chair, Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Women's Caucus

Committee Member, South Asian Studies Association of Australia (SASAA)

My Research Supervision

Alexander Hynd - Middle Power Identity Formation and Hierarchy in the Asia Pacific.

Aalene Mahum Aneeq - From Citizens to Voters: Electoral Politics, Democratic Citizenship and State-Making in Pakistan, 1947-71

My Teaching

Term 1
ARTS3819 Emerging Challenges in International Security

Term 3

 ARTS2813 International Security

ARTS1811 Contemporary Issues in Government and Global Politics