International Development

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Dr Samantha Syiem-Clark

Post:Associate Tutor (International Development, International Summer School)
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In 2002 , Samantha won the International Ford Foundation Fellowship ( 2002-2005) to complete her Doctoral Programme in Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Her Thesis is on ' Community Development among the Khasis of Meghalaya' , On this thesis she looks at the  question of Identity and the conflict between the two powerful structures involved in community development in the state, i.e. the 'traditional institution' that co-exist along side with the modern bureaucratic Government.

In 2012, Samantha was made Fellow in Higher Education  by the Institute of Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom.

Prior to her pursuing her Doctoral study, Samantha also won the University Grants Commission ( UGC,India) Junior Research Fellowship to complete her MPhil Degree in Sociology from North Eastern Hill University Shillong. She also qualified for the National Eligibility in Teaching  Exams ( UGC) in 1994. Along side her studies, Samantha was involved in setting up the Meghalaya Desk Branch of a national NGO, Bosco Reach Out, in Shillong , India  and held the position of Head Meghalaya Desk from 1997-1999.,one of the main objective of this NGO is the setting up of Self Help Groups and Micro Credit Programmes in 200 villages in Meghalaya and Assam. In 2000, she went on to Co-found a School for the Under-priviledge ( now called Providence) in the city of Shillong.

While pursuing her PhD, Samantha aslo worked part time with an organisation , Asphaleia , as an Outreach worker for Unaccompanied  young asylum children.


Associate Tutor ( International Development, School of Global studies, University of Sussex  and INternational Summer School): 2005- till now on various courses:


Issues in International Development


International Development: Ideas and Actors


Race, Ethinicity and Nationalism


Culture and Development


Understanding Global Cultures

Convening a Course in International Summer School on  Culture , Social Change and Development.


 Also as a part time lecturer ( 2009-10) on

 Concepts in Social Development ( Masters in Social Development)