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AsPr 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

Biography

Phil is Course Director for the Master of Humanitarian Assistance (MHA) and Master of International and Community Development (MICD).  Phil is also Academic Director of the Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership (GCHL).  Furthermore Phil is the Course Leader of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Humanitarian Responses to 21st Century Disasters.

Phil has a background in 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 Deakin signing a formal MoU with Save the Children Australia.

Phil has over twenty five years of experience in community development across many contexts and is exploring avenues for integrating community participatory approaches in humanitarian contexts.  

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Biography summary

Phil is Course Director for the Master of Humanitarian Assistance (MHA) and Master of International and Community Development (MICD).  Phil is also Academic Director of the Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership (GCHL).  Phil is also the Course Leader of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Humanitarian Responses to 21st Century Disasters.

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

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

A/Prof Phil Connors, Peter McDonald

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

journal
2010

Transition towns and community capacity building

A/Prof Phil Connors

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

chapter
2008

Community development and ecology : exploring the links

A/Prof Phil 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, Geelong, Vic., E1

conference