Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes


BA, Honours (First Class), Murdoch; PhD, Murdoch


Toby's research concentrates on the political economy of development, with a particular geographical focus upon Asia. He has published in journals such as Journal of Contemporary Asia, Globalizations, Development and Change, Pacific Review, Asian Studies Review and Antipode. He is the author of Delusions of Development: the World Bank and the post-Washington Consensus in Southeast Asia (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2010; reviewed in International Studies Review and Journal of Contemporary Asia). He has edited or co-edited numerous special issues of journals and is co-editor (with Darryl Jarvis) of The Politics of Marketising Asia (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2014; reviewed in Pacific Affairs and Journal of Contemporary Asia), The Financialisation of Development in Asia (Routledge, May 2015), and Markets and Development: Civil Society, Citizens and the Politics of Neoliberalism (Routledge, December 2015). Toby has another jointly edited volume (with Darryl Jarvis), Beyond the Developmental State: Disembedding Autonomy (Cambridge University Press, 2017), in press. He also co-edits (with Darryl Jarvis, Kelly Gerard and Paul Cammack) the Palgrave book series, Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy, is a Co-editor of Journal of Contemporary Asia, a Thematic Editor (Political Economy and International Politics) for Asian Studies Review, an Associate Editor for Journal of Labor and Society and sits on the editorial board ofContemporary Politics and the editorial review board of the Rowman and Littlefield series, Transforming Capitalism.

Toby has published opinion pieces in The Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique, the Huffington Post, The Conversation, The Age, The Bangkok Post, The Canberra Times, ABC’s The Drum, Online Opinion, The Nation, South Reviews, The Jakarta Post and The Jakarta Globe. He is also a keen published photographer who combines his research interests with social commentary-oriented photography.

Academia Edu:

Google Scholar


  • Theories of Development
  • International Political economy
  • Special Topics in Development Studies

Research Interests/Areas

Discipline: Political Economy

  • The political economy of development
  • Multilateral development organisations
  • Critical political economy
  • Development in Southeast Asia

Current/Recent Research Projects

  • The confluence of neoliberalism and developmentalism in Asia
  • Private sector-led development and the transformation of development practice
  • The death of national development

Editor or Editorial Membership

Co-editor (since January 1, 2015), Journal of Contemporary Asia (Taylor and Francis); Editorial board member (since May 2014), Journal of Contemporary Asia (Taylor and Francis).

Thematic Editor (political economy and international politics section), Asian Studies Review (since May 2012), published by Taylor and Francis, listed in the Social Sciences Citation Index and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index.

Co-editor (with Darryl Jarvis, Paul Cammack and Kelly Gerard) of the Palgrave book series, Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy

Associate Editor (since January 2017), Journal of Labor and Society (Wiley).

Editorial Review Board, Transforming Capitalism book series, Rowman and Littlefield.

Editorial Board (since January 2017), Contemporary Politics (Taylor and Francis).


Op-eds in regional and international press

  • ‘From New Deal to the Art of the Deal: How the Neoliberal Project led to Trump’, The Conversation, (with Ruben Gonzalez-Vicente) Friday 20 January: . Republished in The Huffington Post, Sunday January 22 2017, ; Catch News, India, .

  • ‘HK Democracy Movement is hampered by Liberal Appeals’, The Jakarta Globe, Wednesday 1 October 2014:

  • ‘Hong Kong’s pro-Democracy Movement is about Inequality. The Elite Knows It’, The Guardian, , Monday 28 July 2014, 4,606 direct Facebook shares (as of July 2016) from the Guardian’s site.
  • ‘亚洲的发展是否走到尽头?’,South Reviews, (co-authored with Darryl Jarvis) (published in hardcopy and online): , January 1, 2014.
  • ‘The Politics of Low Expectations’, The Drum (ABC Australia), (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri) Monday August 27, 2013:
  • ‘The Death of Development in Asia’, The Jakarta Post, (co-authored with Darryl Jarvis) Monday August 19, 2013:
  • ‘Resource Sector Chipping away at Australian Prosperity’, ABC’s The Drum (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri) March 7, 2012:
  • ‘Where are they Now?’, Le Monde Diplomatique, (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri) December 5, 2011:
  • ‘Caught between a Rock and a Hard Place – Australia can’t just dig its way out’, On Line Opinion – Australia’s e-journal of social and political debate, (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri), November 30, 2011:
  • ‘A Crisis of Politics’, Le Monde Diplomatique (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri), October 1, 2011:
  • ‘The Crisis of Liberal Democracy’, Global-is-asian, (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri), October-December, 2011, 8-9.
  • ‘It’s not Booming for Everyone’, The Canberra Times (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri), Monday, September 12, 2011, p. 9:
    Reposted on Australian Policy Online (September 13, 2011):
  • ‘Global Financial Crisis Highlights the Threat to Liberal Democracy’s Survival’, The Jakarta Globe (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri), August 20 (online publication September 5), 2011, p. A10:
  • ‘The Threat to Liberal Democracy’, The Bangkok Post (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri), Thursday, August 18, 2011, p. 9:; Republished in India Times, Dallas News, Asian Correspondent, and Global-is-Asian.
  • ‘The Political Consequences of Australia’s Resources Boom’, The Drum, ABC Online (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri), Thursday, August 18, 2011; reposted on Australian Policy Online:
  • ‘The Politics of the Financial Crisis’, The Bangkok Post (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri), Tuesday, October 7, 2008, reposted on Australian Policy Online (October 9, 2008),
  • ‘Can we Proclaim Doha Dead Yet?’, The Inquirer (co-authored with Tess del Rosario), (August, 5, 2008).
  • ‘New Solutions Needed for an Age of Globalised Crisis’, The Nation, Saturday, May 10, 2008, p. 7A:
  • ‘The Very Real Costs of Carbon Offsets and Trading’, The Bangkok Post (co-authored with Benjamin Sovacool), Tuesday, March 25, 2008, p. 11.
  • “Market no Answer to Climate Change’, The Straits Times, (co-authored with Benjamin Sovacool), Thursday, February 28, 2008.
  • ‘Our Parlous Region’, The Age (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri). (January 13, 2007). Available online: , reprinted on Australian Policy Online, January 16, 2007:
  • ‘Aid Misses the Mark’, The Age (co-authored with Shahar Hameiri). Reprinted on Australian Policy Online (June 8, 2006). Available online: