Dr Brooke

Dr Brooke Wilmsen

Senior Lecturer, Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow, Convenor of the Sustainability and Development Major

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Social Inquiry

SS 417, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

Institute for Human Security and Social Change

Qualifications

BSc/BA (Hons-Melbourne), PhD Geography (Melbourne).

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

Institute of Australian Geographers; International Network on Displacement and Resettlement; World Social Science Fellow (International Social Science Council); International Association for Impact Assessment, International Development Evaluation Association, Population and Environmental Research Network Steering Committee

Area of study

Anthropology

Brief profile

Brooke has a background in Development Studies with a PhD in Geography. She has worked as a resettlement consultant for several international institutions, government affiliates and private consultancies. She has several years of qualitative and quantitative research experience working on issues of development-forced displacement and resettlement with a focus on the Three Gorges Dam in the People's Republic of China. Brooke has also conducted research on refugee resettlement in Australia.

Research interests

International Aid and Development

- Sustainable Livelihoods

Migration

- Involuntary and forced displacement

Social Policy

- Environmental and social safeguards, transnational social policy

Teaching units

DST2CTD - Contesting Theories of Development

DST3DIP - Development in Practice

 

Recent publications

 Peer reviewed publications

Working papers

Consulting reports

  • Wilmsen, B (2015) as part of the International Network on Displacement and Resettlement's (INDR) review of the Draft Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank's Environmental and Social Framework. Unpublished.
  • McDonald, B.D., and Szwarc, J. (2009) ‘Refugee Families, Separation and Settlement in Australia’ Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture, Unpublished.
  • McDonald, B.D., Gifford, S., Webster, K., and Wiseman, J. (2008) 'Refugee Resettlement in Regional and Rural Victoria: Impacts and Policy Issues'. https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/search/refugee-resettlement-in-regional-and-rural-victoria
  • McDonald, B.D., and Frere, M. (2007) 'Health Promotion and Refugees Background Communities McCaughey Centre', University of Melbourne, Report commissioned by the Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture. Unpublished.
  • McDonald, B.D. (2006) 'Land Acquisition and Resettlement Handbook – Indonesia'. World Bank Country Office, Jakarta. Unpublished.

Conference papers

  • Wilmsen, B. (2017) 'Following resettlement through time at the Three Gorges Dam', Final Plenary Speaker, Special Symposium on Resettlement and Livelihoods, 20-22 February, Asian Development Bank and International Association for Impact Assessment, Manila, Philippines.
  • Wilmsen, B. (2016) 'Revisiting Rural Livelihoods at the Three Gorges Dam', 76th Annual Meeting of the Society of Applied Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Wilmsen, B. (2015)  'After the deluge:The longer-term impacts of the Three Gorges Dam', IDEAs/UNDP Global Assembly, 26-30 October, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Wilmsen, B. (2015) 'Displacement and resettlement as a mode of capitalist transformation: Evidence from China' and session convenor: Responses to forced displacement in the Asia Pacific, Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, 1-3 July, ANU, Canberra, Australia.
  • Wilmsen, B. (2014) 'Land Reform and Involuntary Resettlement in China', 11th Beijing Forum, November 7-9, Peking University, Beijing, China.
  • Wilmsen, B. (2014) 'Voluntary and involuntary resettlement in China: A false dichotomy' International Geographical Union Regional Conference,18-22 August, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland.
  • Wilmsen, B. (2012) 'Is development-forced displacement a model for displacement caused by climate change? 2012 Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, July 2-4, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Wilmsen, B. (2011) 'Role of the Family in Effective Settlement' 2011 Refugee Conference, June 14-17, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
  • Wilmsen, B. (2010) 'Progress, Problems and Prospects: Involuntary Resettlement in the People's Republic of China' 15th International Metropolis Conference, October 4-8, The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Duan, Y. and McDonald, B.D. (2010) 'Implementing Involuntary Resettlement as an Opportunity for Development: The Case of Zigui County in China’s Three Gorges Project', Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) Annual Meeting, March 24-27, Merida, Mexico.
  • McDonald-Wilmsen, and S. Gifford (2009) All in the Family? Family separation, refugee resettlement and new directions for policy change in Australia’s humanitarian programme, Refugee Health Network GP Conference, 12th October, Melbourne, Australia.
  • McDonald-Wilmsen, B. and Casey, S. (2009) Resettling Refugees in Rural and Regional Australia: Policy and Program Initiatives, Ministerial Rural Health Forum 2009, 24 July, Melbourne, Australia.
  • McDonald, B.D. (2008) From Compensation to Development: Involuntary Resettlement in the Peoples Republic of China, 13th International Metropolis Conference, 9 October, Melbourne, Australia.
  • McDonald-Wilmsen, B., Gifford, S., Webster, K., Wiseman, J. and Casey, S. (2007) Resettling Refugees in Rural and Regional Australia: Learning from recent policy and program initiatives. Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria Regional Conference 2007, 5 May, Shepparton, Australia.
  • McDonald, B.D. (2007) 'From Compensation to Development: Involuntary Resettlement in the People’s Republic of China', Fresh and Salt: Water and Border debates in Australia and Asia, May 8-10, University of Technology Sydney.
  • Duan, Y. and McDonald, B.D. (2006) 'From Compensation Based Resettlement to RwD: The Application and Development of RwD in China', International Hydropower Conference, October 23rd - 25th, Kunming, China.
  • McDonald, B.D. (2002) 'Reconstruction of a Chinese Village: Involuntary Resettlement and Culture', Proceedings of International Symposium on Resettlement and Social Development, May 12-24, Nanjing, PRC.

Older publications

  • McDonald-Wilmsen, B. and Webber, M. (2010) 'Dams and Displacement: Raising the Standards and Broadening the Research Agenda', Water Alternatives 3(2): 154-173. Special Edition Sponsored by UNEP.
  • Atwell, R., Gifford, S.M. and McDonald-Wilmsen, B. (2009) ’Resettled refugee families and their children’s futures: Coherence, hope and support’, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, Vol.40, No.5, 667-697.
  • McDonald-Wilmsen, B. (2009) 'Methodological Approaches to Development-Induced Displacement and Resettlement: Negotiating Fieldwork Complexities at the Three Gorges Dam, China', The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology (10) 4, 283-300.
  • McDonald-Wilmsen, B. (2009) 'Book Review: Can Compensation Prevent Impoverishment? Reforming Resettlement through Investments and Benefit-Sharing', The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology (10) 4, 367-369.
  • McDonald-Wilmsen, B., Gifford S.M., Webster, K., Wiseman J. and Sue Casey (2009) ‘Resettling Refugees in Rural and Regional Australia: Learning from Recent Policy and Program Initiatives’, Australian Journal of Public Administration (68) 1, 97-111.
  • McDonald, B.D., Webber, M., and Duan, Y. (2008) 'Involuntary Resettlement as an Opportunity for Development: The Case of the Urban Resettlers at the Three Gorges Dam in China', Journal of Refugee Studies (21) 1, 82-102.
  • Duan, Y. and McDonald, B.D. (2008) 'From Compensation to Development: The Application and Progress of RwD in China', Ecological Economy (4) 94-104.
  • Webber, M. and McDonald, B.D. (2004) 'Involuntary Resettlement, Production and Income: Evidence from Xiaolangdi, PRC', World Development (32) 4, 673-690.
  • McDonald, B.D. and Webber, M. (2002) 'Involuntary Resettlement in China: A Model of Good Practice?', Forced Migration Review (14), 38-39.

Research projects

  • "Remaking Rural China: Agricultural Modernisation, Land Transfers, and Resettlement" funded by a Discovery Australian Research Council Grant commencing 2018 with Professor Christine Wong and Dr. Sarah Rogers of The University of Melbourne.
  • "Transnational social policy development:The case of Indonesia’s health system" funded by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development commencing 2015 with Prof. Dr. Alexandra Kaasch (University of Bielefeld, Germany) and Dr. Mulyadi Sumarto (Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia).
  • “After the deluge: Revisiting displacement and resettlement at the Three Gorges Dam, China” funded by a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award commencing 2012.
  • “The relationship of family reunion to refugee resettlement and wellbeing”. A joint initiative between La Trobe Refugee Research Centre (LaRRC) and the Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture.
  • “Health Promotion and Refugee Background Communities” for the McCaughey Centre at The University of Melbourne with funding from the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture.
  •  “Promoting rural and regional settlement in rural and regional Australia: Issues in policy, services and community capacity building.” A collaborative initiative between VicHealth, LaARC, McCaughey Centre and the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture.