Professor Development Studies UNSW. Recent books Borderland City in New India: frontier to gateway (2016: Amsterdam University Press),  Debating Race in Contemporary India (2015: Palgrave/Springer), Northeast Migrants in Delhi: race, refuge, and retail (2012, Amsterdam University Press).

Associate Editor South Asia: journal of South Asian studies (Taylor and Francis), Editorial Board Asian Borderlands Book Series (Amsterdam University Press), editor in Chief ASAA South Asia Book Series (Routledge), committee Asian Borderlands Research Network.


PhD, UNSW 2007

Ma UNSW 2003

BA Communications UTS 1999

Other Publications


    • McDuie-Ra DA, 2016, Borderland City in New India: frontier to gateway, Asian Borderlands, Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam

    • McDuie-Ra DA, 2015, Debating Race in Contemporary India, Pivot Asian Studies, Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke,

    • McDuie-Ra D, 2012, Northeast Migrants in Delhi: Race, Refuge and Retail, Original, Amsterdam University Press / IIAS Monograph Series, Amsterdam/ Leiden,

    • Deo N; McDuie-Ra D, 2011, The Politics of Collective Advocacy in India: Tools and Traps, Original, Lynne Reiner, Boulder, Co.

Journal Articles 

  • Robinson DF; Mcduie-Ra D, 2017, ‘(En)countering counterfeits in Bangkok: The urban spatial interlegalities of intellectual property law, enforcement and tolerance’, Geographical Journal

  • McDuie-Ra DA; Kikon D, 2016, ‘Tribal communities and coal in Northeast India: The politics of imposing and resisting mining bans’, Energy Policy, vol. 99, pp. 261 – 269

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2016, ‘Adjacent identities in Northeast India’, Asian Ethnicity, vol. 17, pp. 400 – 413,

  • McDuie-Ra DA, 2015, ‘School Versus Paddy’, IIAS Newsletter, vol. 71, pp. 30 – 31

  • McDuie-Ra DA, 2015, ‘Wading Through a Field of Books’, IIAS Newsletter, vol. 72, pp. 25 – 25

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2015, ‘REVIEW: Land, politics and power in Southeast Asia’, ASIA PACIFIC VIEWPOINT, vol. 56, pp. 182 – 183

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2015, ‘‘Is India Racist?’: Murder, Migration and Mary Kom’, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, vol. 38, pp. 304 – 319

  • Pearson M; Zwi AB; Buckley NA; Manuweera G; Fernando R; Dawson AH; McDuie-Ra D, 2015, ‘Policymaking ‘under the radar’: A case study of pesticide regulation to prevent intentional poisoning in Sri Lanka’, Health Policy and Planning, vol. 30, pp. 56 – 67

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2014, ‘REVIEW: The Rumor of Globalisation: Desecrating the Global from Vernacular Margins’, SOUTH ASIA, vol. 37, pp. 545 – 546

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2014, ‘Ethnicity and place in a ‘disturbed city’: ways of belonging in Imphal, Manipur’, Asian Ethnicity, vol. 15, pp. 374 – 393

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2014, ‘The India-Bangladesh Border Fence: Narratives and Political Possibilities’, Journal of Borderlands Studies, vol. 29, pp. 81 – 94

  • Pearson M; Zwi AB; Rouse AK; Fernando R; Buckley NA; McDuie-Ra D, 2014, ‘Taking stock-what is known about suicide in Sri Lanka: A Systematic review of diverse literature’, Crisis, vol. 35, pp. 90 – 101

  • Mcduie-Ra D, 2013, ‘REVIEW: Natural Potency and Political Power: Forests and State Authority in Contemporary Laos.’, ASIAN STUDIES REVIEW, vol. 37, pp. 119 – 120

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2013, ‘REVIEW: Unruly hills: a political ecology of India’s Northeast’, JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, vol. 19, pp. 434 – 435

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2013, ‘Being a tribal man from the North-East: Migration, morality, and masculinity’, South Asian History and Culture, vol. 4, pp. 250 – 265

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2013, ‘Beyond the ‘Exclusionary City’: North-east Migrants in Neo-liberal Delhi’, Urban Studies, vol. 50, pp. 1625 – 1640

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2013, ‘Leaving the Northeast Borderland: Place-making and the Inward Pull of Citizenship in India’, Eurasia Border Review, vol. 4, pp. 1 – 18

  • McDuie-Ra D; Robinson D; Kaewmahanin J, 2013, ‘Spatial dysfunction in post-tsunami Baan Lion: Taking the Moken beyond vulnerability and tradition’, Geoforum, vol. 48, pp. 145 – 155,

  • Mcduie-Ra D, 2012, ‘REVIEW: The Politics of Postcolonialism: Empire, Nation and Resistance.’, ASIAN STUDIES REVIEW, vol. 36, pp. 593 – 594

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2012, ‘Tribals, migrants and insurgents: Security and insecurity along the India-Bangladesh border’, Global Change, Peace and Security, vol. 24, pp. 165 – 182

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2012, ‘Cosmopolitan tribals: Frontier migrants in Delhi’, South Asia Research, vol. 32, pp. 39 – 55,

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2012, ‘Violence Against Women in the Militarized Indian Frontier: Beyond “Indian Culture” in the Experiences of Ethnic Minority Women’, Violence Against Women, vol. 18, pp. 322 – 345

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2012, ‘Leaving the Militarized Frontier: Migration and Tribal Masculinity in Delhi’, Men and Masculinities, vol. 15, pp. 112 – 131

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2012, ‘The North-east Map of Delhi’, Economic and Political Weekly, vol. XLVII, pp. 69 – 77,

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2011, ‘REVIEW: Beyond Counter-Insurgency: Breaking the Impasse in Northeast India’, JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES, vol. 70, pp. 861 – 863

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2011, ‘REVIEW: In the Shadows of the State: Indigenous Politics, Environmentalism, and Insurgency in Jharkhand, India’, ASIAN STUDIES REVIEW, vol. 35, pp. 417 – 418

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2011, ‘REVIEW: The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia’, ASIAN STUDIES REVIEW, vol. 35, pp. 400 – 402

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2011, ‘The dilemmas of pro-development actors: Viewing state-ethnic minority relations and intra-ethnic dynamics through contentious development projects’, Asian Ethnicity, vol. 12, pp. 77 – 100

  • McDuie-Ra D; Rees JA, 2010, ‘Religious Actors, Civil Society and the Development Agenda: The Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion’, Journal of International Development, vol. 22, pp. 20 – 36,

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2009, ‘Fifty-year disturbance: The armed forces special powers act and exceptionalism in a South Asian periphery’, Contemporary South Asia, vol. 17, pp. 255 – 270

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2009, ‘Vision 2020 or re-vision 1958: The contradictory politics of counter-insurgency in India’s regional engagement’, Contemporary South Asia, vol. 17, pp. 313 – 330

  • McDuie-RA D, 2008, ‘Between National Security and Ethno-nationalism’, Journal of South Asian Development, vol. 3, pp. 185 – 210

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2008, ‘Between National Security and Ethnonationalism: the Regional Politics of Development in Northeast India’, Journal of South Asian Development, vol. 3, pp. 185 – 210

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2007, ‘The constraints on civil society beyond the state: Gender-based insecurity in Meghalaya, India’, Voluntas, vol. 18, pp. 359 – 384

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2007, ‘Anti-development of Identity Crisis? Misreading Civil Society in Meghalaya, India’, Asian Ethnicity, vol. 8, pp. 43 – 59

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2006, ‘Civil society organisations and human security: Transcending constricted space in Meghalaya’, Contemporary South Asia, vol. 15, pp. 35 – 53

Book Chapters

  • McDuie-Ra DA, 2017, ‘Solidarity, Visibility and Vulnerability: ‘Northeast’ as a Racial Category in India’, in Saikia Y; Baishya A (ed.), A Place of Relations: Northeast India, edn. 1, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 27 – 44

  • McDuie-Ra DA, 2016, ‘Cosmopolitan Tribals: frontier migrants in Delhi’, in Sundar N; Madan TN (ed.), The Scheduled Tribes and Their India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, pp. 597 – 618,

  • McDuie-Ra DA, 2016, ‘Children and Civil Society in South Asia: Subject, participants and political agents’, in D’Costa B (ed.), Children and Violence: Politics of Conflict in South Asia, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge/ New Delhi, pp. 46 – 61

  • McDuie-Ra DA, 2015, ‘Globalisation’, in Sociologic: A Sociological Analysis of Everyday Life, edn. 1, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 331 – 346.

  • McDuie-Ra DA, 2014, ‘Borders, Territory, and Ethnicity: Women and the Naga Peace Process’, in Mendez JB; Naples NA (ed.), Border Politics: Social Movements, Collective Identities, and Globalization, NYU Press, New York, pp. 95 – 119

  • McDuie-Ra DA, 2014, ‘Being a Tribal Man: Migration, Morality, and Masculinity’, in Doron A; Broom A (ed.), Gender and Masculinities: Histories, Texts and Practices in India and Sri Lanka, edn. Routledge South Asian History and Culture Series, Routledge: Taylor and Francis, Delhi, pp. 126 – 148,

  • McDuie-Ra DA, 2013, ‘Flexible, Exotic, Unorganized: ‘Frontier’ Women in Indian cities’, in Elias J; Gunawardana SJ (ed.), The Global Political Economy of the Household in Asia, Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke, pp. 77 – 93

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2013, ‘Deep Democracy or Ethno-centrism? Locating Voice in the Protests against Development in Northeast India’, in Arora V; Jayaram N (ed.), Routeing Democracy in the Himalayas: Experiments and Experiences, edn. 1, Routledge, New Delhi, pp. 133 – 155

  • McDuie-Ra D, 2012, ‘Insecurity Within and outside the state: The regional and local dynamics of environmental insecurity in the mekong’, in Human Security: Securing East Asia’s Future, New York: Springer, pp. 115 – 134

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