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Seminar: Crossing Boundaries & Lesson Drawing: Bridging gaps in Knowledge Exchange from Developed Countries to Developing Countries
Date: 21 April 2011 

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures has the pleasure of inviting you to the following seminar:

Crossing Boundaries & Lesson Drawing: Bridging gaps in Knowledge Exchange from Developed Countries to Developing Countries

Dr. Devaki Monani
The University of Technology Sydney

Date: 21st April, 2011
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Venue: KKLG101, K.K.Leung Building, HKU

Dr Monani will present an over view of the findings of her PhD thesis that examined the viability of developing countries adopting best practice approaches from developed countries in a social work setting. Her work argues that developing countries are less likely to benefit from the knowledge exchange that is likely to occur between developed countries (for instance OECD nations).  Theoretically she drew from the women's human rights frameworks and the international program transfer approaches. Her research exemplifies that cultural values and country contexts play a vital role in the way in which services are developed by nations for its peoples.  India and Australia were the two case study countries where field work was conducted for the purpose of the study.  Findings of this study establish an ongoing research agenda that is aligned with bridging the gap between knowledge transfer from developed to developing countries.

About the Speaker:
Dr Devaki Monani moved to Australia from India in 2001 to pursue her doctoral studies at the University of Melbourne. Devaki's research interests are gender and development, race and exclusion in Australia. She has taught several subjects in the field of humanities particularly cultural studies and sociology. Devaki has published in the fields of cultural diversity, refugees and gender issues. Currently based at the University of Technology Sydney, she has recently co-authored a key report with Professor Andrew Jakubowicz titled International student futures in Australia: A human rights perspective on moving forward to real action. The report was funded by the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and the Australian Human Rights Commission released on January 2011.


All are welcome.

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