Monika Barthwal-Datta

Senior Lecturer

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).

Journal articles
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, vol. 6,
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, vol. 74, pp. 244 - 263,
Barthwal-Datta M; Basu S, 2017, 'Reconceptualizing regional security in South Asia: A critical security approach', Security Dialogue, vol. 48, pp. 393 - 409,
Barthwal-Datta M, 2015, 'Strategic narratives and non-state actors', Critical Studies on Security, vol. 3, pp. 328 - 330,
Barthwal-datta M, 2009, 'Securitising without the State? A Case Study of Misgovernance as a Security Threat in Bangladesh', Review of International Studies, vol. 35, pp. 277 - 300,
Book Chapters
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
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,
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,
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
Barthwal-Datta M, 2014, Food Security in Asia: Challenges, Policies and Implications, Routledge, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London,
Barthwal-datta M, 2012, Understanding security practices in South Asia : securitization theory and the role of non-state actors, Routledge, New York,

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

International Security, Food Security, Human Security, Critical Security Studies, South Asia, Indian Foreign Policy

Term 1
ARTS3819 Emerging Challenges in International Security

Term 3

 ARTS2813 International Security

ARTS1811 Contemporary Issues in Government and Global Politics