Associate Professor Patrick Kilby

Associate Professor Patrick Kilby

Position: Senior Lecturer : Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Democracy
School and/or Centres: Development Studies


Phone: 612 54041

Location: Room 203, Upper Floor, Banks Building (#44), Linnaeus Way


PhD (ANU); M.Ag.Ec (Research) (Syd); B.Sc.Agr (Syd).

Researcher profile:

Dr Patrick Kilby is a Senior Lecturer in the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development Program. His research interests are: NGOs and NGO accountability; gender and development; managing international development programs; and most recently the story of foreign aid. He has published two sole authored books on NGOs one dealing with women’s empowerment and Indian NGOs (2011), and in 2015 a history of the Australian Council for International Development.

His current work on the history of foreign aid is supported East West Center in Washington Asia Studies Fellowship, which is looking at China as a donor in relation to US aid policy, and in 2018 he will take up Fulbright Senior Scholars Fellowship at Kansas State University looking at the history of the Green Revolution, and also to advise K-State on how to improve women’s engagement in their agriculture research in developing countries.

History of foreign aid, Non-Governmental Organisations; empowerment and marginalisation; gender; managing development activities; South Asia, particularly India.

Researcher's projects

Story of Aid

Gender-based Violence in Solomon Islands

Gender in Australian Development NGOs;

NGO accountability;

Measuring women's empowerment;

Microfinance through self-help groups.

Gender and Indian NGO;

Indian NGOs

Current student projects

Women in the Pakistan civil service;

Rural Support Groups in Pakistan;

Poverty in Bangladesh;

Civil Society Organisations on the Thai Burma border


  • Farmers of the Future: Challenges of a Feminised Agriculture in India (Secondary Investigator)

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