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Current research interests of Emeritus Professor Sue Kenny include the role of third sector organisations in generating and nurturing active citizenship, post-disaster reconstruction, risk society, transnationalism and cosmopolitanism. She is the recipient of 29 funded research projects, including 10 projects funded by the ARC. Alongside these ARC funded projects, Professor Kenny has led a number of research and development consultancies that have involved explorations of specific aspects of active citizenship in the third sector. The international projects have been focussed on regional social development, including programs in post-communist social development in Vladivostock, Moscow, Bishkek (Khyrgizstan) and Barati (Albania), community development initiatives in Indonesia and post disaster reconstruction in Banda Aceh. She has extensive experience of research design and action research, especially working with community groups and local government. In Australia she has led consultancies involving research into volunteering for the Municipal Association of Victoria, a study of human rights for Victoria Police, and a study of the needs of humanitarian entrants for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs. Much of her current work is in Indonesia.
The output of Sue’s research projects has been over 60 publications, both sole and jointly authored. They include 9 books and 37 journal articles. She is the author of the best selling Australian book on community development, ‘Developing Communities for the Future’, now in its 4th edition; the first theoretically informed analysis of community welfare organisations in Australia ‘Rhetorics of Welfare’, co-authored with Bryan Turner and Kevin Brown; the first scholarly book on the post-disaster reconstruction of Aceh after the 2004 tsunami, co-edited by Matthew Clarke and Ismet Fanany; the first comprehensive critique of capacity building co-edited by Matthew Clarke, as well as many articles in leading journals.
Professor Kenny’s expertise in her fields of research is evidenced in over 60 Australian and international invitations to present papers as keynote, plenary or guest speaker at conferences, seminars, symposia and annual general meetings. Audiences have ranged from scholarly colleagues to community groups and government officials. She is currently on the international editorial boards of three leading international journals.