Dr Anthony Ware



Senior Lecturer In International And Community Development


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne, 1988
Bachelor of Ministry, , 1990
Master of Arts in Ministry, , 2004
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2011
Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2012


+61 3 925 17802


Anthony Ware is a development studies scholar with reserach interests into the impact of sociopolitical factors on participatory community-led development, with Myanmar (Burma) as a primary field of research. He has a growing international reputuation for his work on Context-Sensitive Development: How International NGOs Operate in Myanmar (Kumarian 2012), with related book chapter and journal publications into community-led approaches and the impact of political reform, religion and conflict on development in Myanmar, and theoretical and case-study evaluation of development in difficult sociopolitical contexts more generally.

Anthony is an Early Career Researcher, but already the author or editor of several books and author or co-author of over 25 chapters and journal articles. He is the Acting Director of the Australia Myanmar Institute, a regular reviewer of journal articles and is or has supervised or co-supervise 9 doctoral students in fields ranging from the impact of political transition on minoirity rights, to monitoring of NGO development program quality, to microfinance, child sponsorship, and cultural heritage.

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Research interests

  • Myanmar (Burma), particularly Rakhine & Kachin States
  • Development in difficult socio-political contexts: failed, fragile, pariah
  • Using development assistance to support democratic transition
  • Participatory development, Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) and Community-led development approaches
  • Addressing marginalisation, equity and conflict through development
  • Development aid effectiveness, particularly in relation to capacity building of civil society, and development by faith-based organisations


Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (research stream co-convenor)

Australia Myanmar Institute (I am acting director)

Australian Institute of International Affairs (Victorian Branch)

Teaching interests

  • International Development (ID) and Community Development (CD) theory, principles and practice
  • Empowerment, participation, social change

Units taught

ADS701 Introduction to International and Community Development
ADS711 Non-Government Organisations & Development
ADS740 Participatory Approaches to Development

Other units previously taught:

  •    ADS721    Internships
  •    AIX 702/3  Dissertations
  •    AID713      Aid Trade and Development
  •    AID724      Humanitarian Emergencies and Disaster Relief
  •    AIP230       Public Policy in Australia
  •    AIR234/34 Order and Justice in World Politics
  •    ASP205     World Religions
  •    (MelbUni)  Understanding Development
  •    (MelbUni)  Conceptualisation of Poverty, Microfinance and Development

Knowledge areas

  1. Myanmar (Burma) - development, politics, reform, culture, religion, history, anything
  2. Development in difficult socio-political contexts (failed, fragile and pariah states)
  3. Highly participatory community-driven development (Asset-Based Community Development)
  4. Development aid effectiveness
  5. NGOs and the capacity building of civil society
  6. FBOs and inter-religious development partnerships


Myanmar (Burma) - history, development, political transition Participatory development, ABCD Development effectiveness
  • Burma
  • Community development
  • Foreign aid/international development


Conferences Convened:

  • 2015 Australia-Myanmar Institute: Myanmar & the Sustainable Development Goals: Informed by the Past, Looking to the Future, 10-12 July 2015, Yangon University, in conjunction with the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies
  • 2015 3rd Deakin Religion & Development Roundtable: Development Across Faith Boundaries, 16 June, co-hosted with Matthew Clarke and World Vision Australia
  • 2013 Australia-Myanmar Institute: Inaugural Conference: Progress, Opportunities and Concerns in Myanmar's Transition, 18-19 March 2013, Melbourne Town Hall. Over 200 participants, from 15 universities, including presentations by Foreign Minister Bob Carr, Prof the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC (Chancellor, ANU), Prof the Hon John Dowd AO QC (Chancellor Southern Cross),and a large number of other significant speakers
  • 2013 Australia-Myanmar Institute:Counterpart Exploratory Meeting, 11 May 2013, Kandawgyi Hotel, Yangon. Over 70 participants, including: Two deputy Myanmar ministers, and two opposition NLD politicians, representatives from several major Myanmar universities, and representatives from leading research Institutions, development agencies, charitable foundations, civil society groups, the Myanmar Medical Association, the Australia-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and major companies.
  • 2012 Alfred Deakin Research Institute Symposium:Failed, Fragile, Pariah States: Development in Difficult Socio-Political Contexts

Professional activities

2013-ongoing Acting Director: Australia Myanmar Institute

2011-ongoing Board Member & Strategic Advisor: Graceworks Myanmar

2003-2011 Director (voluntary) Community Transformation Inc

Media appearances


  • ABC News 24. 8 October 2015. The World reporting on the Myanmar elections, democracy and Aung San Suu Kyi’s plans to lead the government even if not formally president. 
  • Channel NewsAsia (Singapore). 16 September 2015. Between The Lines special on the Myanmar , transition to democracy, ethnic conflict and religious nationalism alongside Aung Zaw (The Irrawaddy) and Paul Keenan (EuroBurma Office).
  • Channel NewsAsia (Singapore). 22 July 2015. Between The Lines special on the Myanmar Elections alongside renowned Myanmar scholars, Dr Tin Maung Maung Than and A/Prof Maitrii Aung-Thwin.
  • Chanel NewsAsia (Singapore). 10 March 2015. 6:00pm News, live TV news interview re Student demonstrations in Myanmar
  • Chanel NewsAsia (Singapore). 4 July 2014. 5:00pm PrimeTime News, live TV news interview re Muslim-Buddhist violence in Mandalay, Myanmar
  • Chanel NewsAsia (Singapore). 24 May 2013. 7:35pm PrimeTime Asia, live TV news interview re Japanese Prime Ministerial visit to Myanmar
  • Chanel NewsAsia (Singapore). 26 March 2013. 6:20am First Look Asia, live TV news interview re riots in Myanmar
  • SBS  6:30 News. 20th April 2012, re: Myanmar political developments



  • 94.7 The Pulse. 1st October 2012. Deakin Matters re: Myanmar book release
  • 94.7 The Pulse. 28th May 2012. Deakin Matters re: Myanmar politics
  • 3RRR 102.7 FM Breakfast Show. 18th April 2012, re: Myanmar political developments
  • Radio Australia  Asia Today. 16th June 2011, re: poverty in Myanmar.
  • SYN 90.7 FM  Panorama. 4h October 2010, re: Myanmar political developments
  • ABC 774 Melbourne  Evenings. 30th August 2010, re: 3-Minute Thesis, development in Myanmar

Research groups

Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation


  • Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Excellence in Teaching
  • Faculty Commendation for Excellence in Teaching
  • Early Career Development Fellowship, Deakin University
  • Early Career Research Fellowship, Alfred Deakin Research Institute
  • Publication Scholarship, Deakin University
  • Winner: Deakin University 3-Minute Thesis Competition
  • Australian Post-Graduate Award (APA) scholarship
  • Bursary Arts-Education Faculty, Deakin University


Currently Funded Research Projects

2016-2017 Analysis of the causes, nature and capacities for peace in Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim—Rakhine Buddhist conflict (with Dr Costas Laoutides)

2016-2018 Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding Action Research in Rakhine State, Myanmar (with Dr Vicki-Ann Ware)


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Domains of faith impact: how “faith” is perceived to shape faith-based international development organisations

Dr Vicki Ware, Dr Anthony Ware, Prof Matthew Clarke

(2016), Vol. 26, pp. 321-333, Development in practice, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Secessionist aspects to the Buddhist-Muslim sectarian conflict in Rakhine State, Myanmar

Dr Anthony Ware

(2015), pp. 153-168, Territorial Separatism in Global Politics, Milton Park, Eng., B1


Through the eyes of the sponsored

Dr Anthony Ware, Mr Brad Anthony Watson

(2014), pp. 317-336, Child sponsorship: exploring pathways to a brighter future, Basingstoke, UK, B1


Development in a fragile pariah state: Myanmar 1990-2010

Dr Anthony Ware

(2014), pp. 248-273, Development in difficult sociopolitical contexts: fragile, failed and pariah states, Basingstoke, England, B1


Beyond the usual suspects: complexity of fragility and analytical framework

Dr Anthony Ware

(2014), pp. 3-23, Development in difficult sociopolitical contexts: fragile, failed and pariah states, Basingstoke, England, B1


Development in fragile states and situations: theory and critique

Dr Anthony Ware, Dr Vicki Ware

(2014), pp. 24-47, Development in difficult sociopolitical contexts: fragile, failed and pariah states, Basingstoke, England, B1


Critiques and alternatives: development in contexts of fragility

Dr Anthony Ware

(2014), pp. 297-321, Development in difficult sociopolitical contexts: fragile, failed and pariah states, Basingstoke, England, B1


Why western-based, pentecostal mission organizations undertake community development in South East Asia

Dr Vicki Ware, Dr Anthony Ware, Prof Matthew Clarke, Grant Buchanan

(2013), pp. 430-449, Handbook of research on development and religion, Cheltenham, England, B1-1


An assessment of empowerment through highly participatory asset-based community development in Myanmar

Dr Anthony Ware

(2013), Vol. 75, pp. 110-114, Development bulletin : challenges for participatory development in contemporary development practice, Canberra, A. C. T., C1


L’implication des missionnaires pentecôtistes dans l’aide au développement en Asie du Sud-Est

Dr Vicki Ware, Dr Anthony Ware, Prof Matthew Clarke, Grant Buchanan

(2013), Vol. 60, pp. 488-502, Social compass, London, England, C1


Supporting national transition in Myanmar with development assistance

Dr Anthony Ware

(2013), Vol. 9, pp. 47-57, Journal of international studies, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia, C1


Asset-based community development in Myanmar: theory, fit and practice

Dr Anthony Ware

(2013), pp. 126-141, Growing sustainable communities: a development guide for Southeast Asia, Prahran, Vic., B1


Winds of change in Myanmar? Implications for international cooperation In poverty alleviation

Dr Anthony Ware

(2012), Vol. 17, pp. 95-115, JATI : journal of Southeast Asian studies, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, C1


Understanding pentecostal motivations for undertaking community development in South East Asia : evidence of an expanded understanding of holistic mission

Dr Anthony Ware, Dr Vicki Ware, Prof Matthew Clarke

(2012), Vol. 6, pp. 31-39, Australian journal of mission studies, Parkville, Vic., C1


Context-sensitive development : how international NGOs operate in Myanmar

Dr Anthony Ware

(2012), Sterling, Va., A1


Facilitating community development projects within Myanmar : preliminary results of international NGO interviews

Dr Anthony Ware

(2012), pp. 117-138, Communities, labour and livelihood in Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, B1


Context sensitivity by development INGOs in Myanmar

Dr Anthony Ware

(2012), pp. 323-347, Myanmar's Transition: Openings, Obstacles and Opportunities, Singapore, B1


Context sensitive development

Dr Anthony Ware

(2011), pp. 46-71, International development : linking academia with development aid and effectiveness, Saarbrucken, Germany, B1


The MDGs in Myanmar : relevant or redundant?

Dr Anthony Ware

(2011), Vol. 16, pp. 579-596, Journal of the Asia Pacific economy, Essex, England, C1


Human rights and the right to development : insights into the Myanmar government's response to rights allegations

Dr Anthony Ware

(2010), pp. 1-20, ASAA 2010 : Proceedings of the 18th Asian Studies Association of Australia Biennial Conference of the ASAA : Crises and Opportunities : Past, Present and Future, Adelaide, S.A., E1


Contextualisation of international development principles to difficult contexts : a case study of Myanmar

Dr Anthony Ware

(2010), Vol. 1, pp. 51-83, Citizenship and globalisation research papers, Geelong, Vic., C1-1