Kearrin is a critical development scholar trained in sociology and international relations. His current research emanates from a critical interpretative analysis of the field of development with a particular focus on (1) the intensification of intraregional socio-cultural and economic flows within Asia, (2)geopolitics of development and the rise of non-DAC donors, (3) the complex community-scale implications of macro-scale development agendas, (4) human rights and political reform within Asia, and (5) conceptualizing alternative pathways for community wellbeing.

Kearrin’s research is grounded in an interdisciplinary and collaborative research framework that uses Asia as a point of empirical focus for critically interrogating the western-centric theoretical approaches that currently prevail in the field of development. In particular, by approaching the field of development as a highly politicised arena of resource struggles and competing value-systems that are entered from different positions of power, Kearrin has sought to uncover how processes of social and economic power redistribution within Asia might lead to greater representation and accountability for the poor.

Kearrin’s approach to academia is centered on finding creative and collaborative mechanisms for bringing together teaching, research and community engagement activities. He has taught at multiple universities and has served in a number of volunteering positions for non-profit organisations both in Australia and abroad. To date, much of Kearrin’s research and community outreach has been focused within Southeast Asia. In particular, he has had a strong interest in transnational connectivity programs and the geopolitics of development in Laos.

  • EV2360: Population Geography and Demography (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EV5955: Contemporary Issues in Development Practice (Level 5; CNS)
  • 2017 to 2019 - Research Fellow, Cairns Institute (James Cook University)
  • 2016 to 2017 - Adjunct Fellow, Humanitarian and Development Relief Initiative (HADRI), School of Social Sciences and Psychology (Western Sydney University)
  • 2015 to 2017 - Research Associate, Institute for Culture and Society (Western Sydney University)
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Socio-Economic Objectives

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