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A/Prof. Phil Connors

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor of Humanitarian Studies

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SHSS Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (Social Science), Curtin University, 1989
Bachelor of Social Work, Curtin University, 1992
Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University, 2007

Contact

phil@cfhl.org.au
+61 3 925 17111

Biography

Phil is Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, a partnership between Deakin University and Save the Children Australia. Course Director for the Master of Humanitarian Assistance (MHA) and Co-Director of Master of  Development and Humanitarian Action (GCDHA), an innovative FutureLearn based course.  Phil is also founder of the Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership (GCHL).

Phil has a background in Leadership education and research in the Humanitarian Sector and Community and Participatory Development in Australia and internationally. Phil has more recently been involved in the development of innovative courses in the Humanitarian field built around strong partnerships with sector NGOs.  This has culminated in the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, a partnership between Deakin and Save the Children Australia, focussed on leadership development as part of the Humanitarian Transformative Agenda.

Phil researches the process understood as "localisation" stemming from the Grand Bargain of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit. Focussed on the Pacific, identified as the most disaster prone region in the world (UNOCHA 2015), the research explores the opportunities and implications of localising humanitarian responses. Recognising that local populations are inevitably the first to respond in a disaster, signifying the resiience of communities and the need to respect the decisions of national and local governance systems.

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Biography summary

Phil is Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, a partenrship between Deakin University and Save the Children Australia. He is also Course Director for the Master of Humanitarian Assistance (MHA) and Master of Development and Humanitarian Action, an innovative FutureLearn based course.  Phil is also founder of the Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership (GCHL)/Humanitarian Leadership Programme (HLP).  Phil's current research explores the concept of "localisation" of humanitarian responses and the implications of this for the humanitarian ecosystem.

Research interests

I welcome enquries from prospective higher degree by research students in the areas of community development, community based disaster risk reduction, humanitarian leadership and effectiveness, asset based community development.

 

I also welcome collaborations with researchers in similar fields.

Teaching interests

Phil's teaching interests include community and participatory approaches across diverse humanitarian and development contexts.  Phil brings a strong Freirian understanding to his teaching that focusses on transformative learning recognising we are all teachers and learners.

Units taught

Unit Chair ADS704 - Community Development Theory and Practice A

Unit Chair ADS705 - Community Development Theory and Practice B

Unit Chair ADS716 - Humanitarian Settlement

Unit Chair AHL702 - Developing Humaitarian Leadership

Unit Chair AHL704 - Demonstrating Strategis Leadership

Course Leader - Humanitarian Responses to 21st Century Disasters

Knowledge areas

Humanitarian Leadership

Humanitarian Assistance 

Localisation of humanitarian responses

Community and participatory approaches to development and humanitarian assistance.

Expertise

Humanitarian leadership and strategic practice Community engagement and effectiveness in disaster response Community Development Education programmes development in the humanitarian sector
  • Community development
  • Education
  • Leadership

Research groups

Centre for Humanitarian Leadership Education and Research (CHLEaR)

(Currently being developed)

Awards

Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence - Vice Chancellors Awards 2013

Faculty of Arts and Education Teacher of the Month September 2011

Publications

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2011

Transitioning communities : community, participation and the transition town movement

P Connors, P McDonald

(2011), Vol. 46, pp. 558-572, Community Development Journal : an international forum, Oxford, England, C1

journal
2010

Transition towns and community capacity building

P Connors

(2010), pp. 229-247, Challenging capacity building : comparative perspectives, New York, NY, B1

chapter
2008

Community development and ecology : exploring the links

P Connors

(2008), pp. 37-52, Community development and ecology : engaging ecological sustainability through community development : selected papers from a conference held in Melbourne, 26-28 March 2008, Deakin University, Melbourne, E1

conference

Grants

Other Public Sector Funding

Foundational principles and approaches to building better suburbs (Wyndham City Council)

Prof Louise Johnson, Dr Fiona Andrews, A/Prof Phil Connors, Prof Hisham Elkadi, Dr John Rollo, Dr Ian Warren

  • 2012: $25,000

Industry and Other Funding

GSKA gift to Centre for Humanitarian Leadership - scholarship

A/Prof Phil Connors, Ms Malissa Gough

  • 2017: $248,974

Researching Localisation: Achieving a more appropriate and fit for purpose humanitarian ecosystem in the Pacific

A/Prof Phil Connors, Mr Yaseen Ayobi, Ms Railala Nakabea, Ms Kate Sutton, Ms Ayla Black, Ms Linda Kenny, Mr Sapika Smith, Ms Taiala Na'aluse

  • 2017: $114,477

IKEA Foundation Research Scholarships

A/Prof Phil Connors, Prof Matthew Clarke, Dr Max Kelly

  • 2017: $153,046

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2016

Kate Neely

Thesis entitled: Developing A Systems Understanding of Rural Water Supply in Timor-Leste

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

2015

Gillian Louise Nieman

Thesis entitled: Aboriginal People and Local Government: A Shepparton Story

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

2013

Kim Dunphy

Thesis entitled: The role of arts in social change in Timor-Leste

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dianne Ashworth

Thesis entitled: Relating Trainees¿ Personal Development to Their Leeuwin II Ocean Adventure

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Co-supervisor
2017

Deborah Kathleen Humphreys

Thesis entitled: Bushfire Safety: Examining The Space Between Theory and Practice

Master of Arts, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Associate Supervisor
2014

Helen Mary Dalton

Thesis entitled: Still struggling: market-based approaches to poverty alleviation in rural Timor-Leste

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

2006

Marc La Frenais

Thesis entitled: A Community Development Perspective of Behaviour Change Programs for Men

Master of Arts, School of History, Heritage and Society