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Political economist joins Malaysia campus

3 May 2006

International political economy expert Dr Helen Nesadurai has joined Monash University Malaysia's School of Arts and Sciences.

International political economy expert Dr Helen Nesadurai has joined Monash University Malaysia's School of Arts and Sciences as a senior lecturer.

Dr Nesadurai's research interests focus on the politics and governance of globalisation and how countries worldwide are turning to regional solutions to respond to the challenges of globalisation.

"I am interested in how global and regional governance mechanisms can be designed to ensure that justice and representation are there alongside the current preoccupation with competitiveness, order and stability," she said.

Dr Nesadurai said she had always been interested in research as a way of understanding the world we live in. Teaching was a natural extension of research, she said.

"Teaching involves conveying ideas and knowledge to others as well as learning from those we teach, through the questions they ask and the different perspectives they bring to a topic.

"I hope to contribute to the school's research strengths through my appointment as a member of the editorial board of the international journal Global Governance and my involvement in collaborative research projects with the Global Economic Governance Programme at Oxford University and the Berkeley APEC Study Centre at the University of California."

Dr Nesadurai said she believed young people needed a well-rounded, liberal education that emphasised the humanities and social sciences as well as the natural sciences, engineering and technology.

"We live in a social world. It is important that young people are able to think systematically and responsibly about issues that can complement the material advances that science and technology have brought to us," she said.

"Monash University Malaysia is already practising this philosophy by encouraging its students to take subjects in other disciplines."

Dr Nesadurai graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Biochemistry from Universiti Malaya. She also completed a masters degree in development economics at Oxford University and a PhD in politics and international studies from the University of Warwick.