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Margaret is an anthropologist with an interest in gender, critical development, women's empowerment, rights, and social change. She is passionate about rights and social justice. Margaret has extensive experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse groups, particularly in the context of Nepal.
Margaret's PhD thesis, In the name of empowerment': women and development in urban Nepal (2017) can be accessed through the UoA library catalogue (click here). Margaret's thesis provides critical insights into the way in which global development concepts are put to use in culturally-specific contexts and how they are understood and experienced by those participating in ‘empowerment’ programs. This is a significant contribution to the fields of anthropology and development studies and offers important insights for development practice, particularly for programs that seek to ‘empower women’.
Date Position Institution name 2021 - ongoing Lecturer University of South Australia 2020 - 2021 Research Fellow Flinders University 2020 - 2020 Research Assistant University of South Australia 2019 - 2020 Teaching Specialist Flinders University 2018 - ongoing Research Assistant University of Adelaide 2017 - 2020 Honorary Research Fellow University of Adelaide 2017 - 2017 Research Assistant University of Adelaide 2014 - 2014 Qualitative Researcher Appleton Institute, Central Queensland University 2013 - 2018 Sessional teacher University of Adelaide 2013 - ongoing Standardised Patient University of Adelaide 2009 - 2009 Research Assistant University of Adelaide 2007 - 2009 Research Assistant University of Adelaide 2005 - 2006 Research Assistant University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2017 Award Academic Mentor of the Year Wirltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education, University of Adelaide Australia 2015 Award Wang Gungwu Prize for best journal article Asian Studies Review Australia $1500 2015 Award Trust Fund Bursary Australian Federation of University Women (SA) Australia $3500 2009 Fellowship DR Stranks Travelling Fellowship University of Adelaide Australia $5000 2009 Scholarship George Fraser Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia 2008 Award University Medal University of Adelaide Australia
Language Competency Nepali Can understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 2017 University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2008 University of Adelaide Australia Honours in Anthropology 2007 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts
Year Citation 2021 Becker, M. (2021). ‘It’s All About Education’: Middle-class, High-caste Women’s Aspirations of Choice, Freedom and Modernity in Urban Nepal. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 22(5), 434-453.
2015 Becker, M. (2015). Constructing SSLM: insights from struggles over women’s rights in Nepal. Asian Studies Review, 39(2), 247-265.
DOI Scopus7 WoS7
Year Citation 2018 Becker, M. L. (2018). 'In the Modern Way': Women, Development, and Modernity in Urban Nepal. In D. R. Dahal, L. P. Uprety, & B. K. Acharya (Eds.), Current Dynamics in Transforming Nepal (First ed., pp. 408-419). New Delhi, India: Adroit Publishers.
2017-2019: Mountford Award, $7958, (Dianne Rodger, Margaret Becker), University of Adelaide
2014-current: Wirltu Yarlu Academic Mentor, University of Adelaide
2019 Teaching Specialist, Critical Perspectives on Global Health and International Development; Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing. Flinders University
2013-2018: School of Social Sciences, University of Adelaide
2018: Crime, Control and Criminal Justice (Tutor)
2018: Introduction to International Development (Course Coordinator)
2017: Anthropology of Everyday Life; Culture and Society - Foundations in Anthropology (Tutor)
2016: Anthropology of Health and Medicine (Tutor)
2015: Anthropology of Everyday Life; Culture and Society - Foundations in Anthropology (Tutor)
2014: Culture and Society - Foundations in Anthropology; Introduction to Development Studies; Rights and Development (Tutor)
2013: Anthropology of Everyday Life; Rights and Development (Tutor)
Date Role Membership Country 2018 - ongoing Member South Asian Studies Association of Australia Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender Australia 2015 - ongoing Member Asian Studies Association of Australia Australia 2012 - ongoing Member Australian Anthropological Society Australia
Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country 2018 - 2019 University of Adelaide Institute for International Trade Instructional and training Australia
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