Dr Max Kelly



Senior Lecturer In International And Community Development


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Ed


Warrnambool Campus


Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Univ. College Dublin, Ireland, 1992
Master of Science, University of Aberdeen, 1995
Doctor of Philosophy, Kingston University, 2000
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2007


+61 3 556 33316


Max Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in International and Community Development Studies at Deakin University. Her areas of expertise include international and community development policy and practice. She has a sectoral focus in food security, food systems, and sustainability at local, national and international levels and has recently co-edited a book on assessing the impact of foreign aid on poverty, and social justice.

Max holds a Degree in Agricultural Science from University College Dublin, and a PhD in agricultural systems and sustainable livelihoods in southern Africa and has worked as an agricultural extension officer in Ireland, a farmhand across Europe and Australia and researched with, consulted and volunteered for a variety of organisations, both government, and non-government in Timor Leste, Bangladesh, Malawi, Uganda, Pakistan, Solomon Islands and PNG.

Max has also published on a range of issues from local food systems and land use to global development policy. Her current research includes the role of civil society in post conflict development, animals and ethics in development, food security, food and landscapes, and Political Economy Analysis.

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Research interests

Food Security, Food Systems, Sustainable Rural Livelihoods, Impact Assesment, Participatory Development, Community Development, Agricultural Extension, Civil society, NGOs and development, Natural Resource Management, Gender, Timor Leste, Bangladesh, Malawi, Uganda, Pacific.


African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP)

Agri-food Network Australia,

Teaching interests

International and Community Development incorporating agriculture, food security and sustainable livelihoods, sustainable development, Impact Assessment, community and participatory development, cross cultural communication and practice.

Units taught

ADS712 Food Security and Sustainable Livelhoods

ADS717 Sustainable Development

ADS715 Cross Cultural Communication and Practice

ADS753 Interantional and Community Development internships

Knowledge areas

Food Security,  Livelihoods, , Community Engagement and Participatory Development (PRA), Agriculture and Rural Development, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Natural Resource Management, Water Resource Management, and the role of NGOs in development. Gender issue in development,

Professional activities


Co hosted the 2015 African Studies Association of Australasia and New Zealand Annual Conference: http://afsaap.org.au/conference/conference-2015/

Co-Editor of the Australasian Review of African Studies Journal 


ABC Radio, Future Tense with Anthony Funnell, Sunday 17th April 2016, podcast, http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/futuretense/aid/7320894

Asian Development Bank, Mekong River Commission, Government of India, and NGO sector including local NGOS in Timor Leste and Uganda.


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Conceptualizing impact assessment in foreign aid

Dr Max Kelly

(2016), pp. 17-29, Assessing the impact of foreign aid: value for money and aid for trade, London, Eng., B1


Official development assistance and impact assessment, theoretical and practical frameworks

Dr Viktor Jakupec, Dr Max Kelly

(2016), pp. 1-16, Assessing the impact of foreign aid: value for money and aid for trade, London, Eng., B1


Regulatory impact assessment: the forgotten agenda in ODA

Dr Viktor Jakupec, Dr Max Kelly

(2016), pp. 95-105, Assessing the impact of foreign aid : value for money and aid for trade, London, Eng., B1


Impact assessment: from theory to practice

Dr Viktor Jakupec, Dr Max Kelly

(2016), pp. 227-237, Assessing the impact of foreign aid : value for money and aid for trade, London, Eng., B1


Animals in international development: ethics, dilemmas and possibilities

Dr Max Kelly

(2016), pp. 113-132, Ethical issues in poverty alleviation, Berlin, Germany, B1


Financialisation of official development assistance

Dr Viktor Jakupec, Dr Max Kelly

(2015), Vol. III, pp. 1-18, International journal of economics, commerce and management, Rochester, Eng., C1


The relevance of Asian development bank: existing in the shadow of the Asian infrastructure investment bank

Dr Viktor Jakupec, Dr Max Kelly

(2015), Vol. 5, pp. 31-46, Journal of regional socio-economic issues, Mytilene, Greece, C1


Farmers groups within extension networks in Northern Uganda : inclusive or exclusive?

Dr Max Kelly

(2015), pp. 1-17, Africa : diversity and development, Dunedin, New Zealand, E1


Malawi: waving or drowning in the 21st century?

Dr Max Kelly

(2014), pp. 114-136, Development in difficult sociopolitical contexts : fragile, failed, pariah, Basingstoke, Eng., B1


Mzungu’s work? What role for local NGOs in Northern Uganda

Dr Max Kelly

(2014), pp. 1-20, Proceedings of the 36th Annual AFSAAP Conference, Perth, W.A., E1


NGOs, pluralism and advisory services—Timor Leste

Dr Max Kelly

(2013), Vol. 19, pp. 167-181, Journal of agricultural extension and education, Abingdon, England, C1


CLTS: Lessons learnt from a pilot project in Timor Leste

Miss Evelyn Noy, Dr Max Kelly

(2009), pp. 1-8, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: Sustainable Development and Multisectoral Approaches : Proceedings of the 34th WEDC International Conference, Leicestershire, England, E1


Anything new under the sun? Lessons learned from community based natural resource management

Dr Max Kelly

(2008), pp. 184-197, Community Development and Ecology : engaging ecological sustainability through community development, Geelong, Vic., E1


Own-poverty evaluation network an open approach to poverty assessment and monitoring for sustainable pro-poor development

A/Prof Joseph Remenyi, Dr Max Kelly

(2007), pp. 104-116, In poverty, poverty alleviation and social disadvantage : analysis, case studies and policies, New Delhi, India, B1-1


Conflict resolution and sustainable water use in the Mekong River Basin

Michael Buxton, Jenny Martin, Dr Max Kelly

(2006), pp. 191-203, Community development in a global risk society : conference proceedings : proceedings of a conference held in Melbourne 20 - 22 April 2006, Geelong, Vic., E1


Conflict resolution and policy making mediation in the Mekong River Basin

Michael Buxton, Jenny Martin, Dr Max Kelly

(2006), Vol. 41, pp. 26-32, Just policy, Collingwood, Vic., C1


Australia`s box - ironbark forests and woodlands : saving the fragments of a threatened ecosystem

Dr Max Kelly, A/Prof David Mercer

(2005), Vol. 36, pp. 19-37, Australian geographer, London, England, C1