Staff profile - Anthony Ware

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Dr Anthony Ware

Position: Senior Lecturer in International and Community Development
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92517802 +61 3 92517802



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


Alfred Deakin Research Institute
Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights
Australian Institute of International Affairs (Victorian Branch)
Australia Myanmar Institute

Professional activities

2013-ongoing Acting Director: Australia Myanmar Institute

2011-ongoing Advisor & Volunteer Manager: Graceworks Myanmar

2003-2011 Director (voluntary) Community Transformation Inc

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Teaching Interests

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

Subjects and units currently teaching

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

Expertise categories

Expertise summary

Myanmar (Burma) - history, development, political transition Participatory development, ABCD Development effectiveness

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

Conferences and seminars

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

Media appearances

Television & Radio

  • Chanel NewsAsia (Singapore). 10 March 2015. 6:00pm ews, 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

I have also had approaches by Al Jazeera, News 24 and Chanel 7.


  • 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

Related Links

 Deakin Speaking Blog
GraceWorks Myanmar


Awards and prizes

  • 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


Research projects

1. Failed, Fragile, Pariah: Development in Difficult Socio-Political Contexts

2. Supporting the transition in Myanmar through development

Research interests

  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • 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

Research grants

2014 Deakin University Central Research Grant Scheme - $15,000
Conceptualising an End to Sectarian & Separatist Violence in Myanmar
(with Dr Costas Laoutides)
To examine the causes and aims of three sectarian-separatist conflicts in Myanmar (Rakhine, Kachin, Karen), identifying key factors contributing to the intractable nature of the conflict, and, drawing on comparative literature to conceptualise a lasting end to the conflicts.

2013 Deakin University Central Research Grant Scheme  - $20,000
Development in a Pariah State: An Investigation into Actor Roles, Approaches and Modalities in Myanmar 1990-2010
To investigate international engagement with pariah states, by examining development in Myanmar 1990-2010. This research examines how the type of agency, development approach or modality of action impact access to the humanitarian space, and whether these contributed to the expansion of the civil-political space in Myanmar leading to the current reform.

2012 Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Strategic Initiative Funding - $2,750
Failed, Fragile, Pariah States: Development in Difficult Socio-Political Contexts
Symposium held in September 2012 on the above topic, the papers from which have subsequently been accepted for publication as a book by Palgrave Macmillan, to be released in early 2014

Research groups

Alfred Deakin Research Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

Research page



Full List:


  • 2012 Context-Sensitive Development: How International NGOs Operate in Myanmar, Kumarian

Edited Volume

  • 2014 Fragile States, Failed States & Pariah States: Development in Difficult Sociopolitical Contexts, Palgrave

Recent Journal Articles

  • 2013 'Supporting National Transition in Myanmar with Development Assistance’ Journal of International Studies, 9(1)
  • 2013 ’L’implication des missionnaires pentecôtistes dans l’aide au développement en Asie du Sud-Est' Social Compass 60(4) (w. V Ware, M Clarke & G Buchanan)
  • 2013 'An Assessment of Empowerment through Highly Participatory Asset-Based Community Development in Myanmar' Development Bulletin Vol75
  • 2012 'Understanding Pentecostal Motivations for Undertaking Community Development in SEAsia: Evidence of an Expanded Understanding of Holistic Mission' Aust Journal of Mission Studies 6(2) (w V Ware & M Clarke)
  • 2012 'Winds Of Change In Myanmar? Implications For International Cooperation In Poverty Alleviation' JATI Journal of SE Asian Studies 17(1)
  • 2011 'The MDGs in Myanmar: Relevant or Redundant?' Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy 16(4)

Recent Chapters

  • 2015 ‘Religious Space, Inclusion and Social Integration in Colonial Rangoon after 1852’ in Narayanan (ed) Religion and Urbanism, Routledge
  • 2015 ‘Secessionist Aspects to the Buddhist-Muslim Conflict in Rakhine State, Myanmar’ in Laoutides & Kingsbury (eds) Territorial Separatism and Global Politics, Routledge
  • 2014 ‘Beyond the Usual Suspects: Complexity of Fragility & Analytical Framework’ in Ware (ed.). 2014. Development in Difficult Sociopolitical Contexts, Palgrave
  • 2014 ‘Development in Fragile States and Situations: Theory & Critique’ in Ware (ed) 2014. Development in Difficult Sociopolitical Contexts. Palgrave (w. V Ware)
  • 2014 ‘Development in a Fragile Pariah State: Myanmar 1990-2010’ in Ware (ed) 2014. Development in Difficult Sociopolitical Contexts: Fragile, Failed and Pariah States. Palgrave
  • 2014 ‘Critiques and Alternatives: Development in Contexts of Fragility’ in Ware (ed) 2014. Development in Difficult Sociopolitical Contexts. Palgrave
  • 2014 'Through the Eyes of the Sponsored' in Watson and Clarke (eds) Challenging Child Sponsorship. Palgrave (w. B Watson)
  • 2014 'Asset-Based Community Development in Myanmar' in Brennan et al (eds), Growing Sustainable Communities: A Development Guide for Southeast Asia. Tilde University Press.
  • 2013. 'Why Western-based, Pentecostal Organisations Undertake Community Development in South East Asia' in ClarkeM (ed) Handbook of Research on Religion and Development. Edward Elgar (w V Ware, M Clarke & G Buchanan)
  • 2012. 'Context Sensitivity by Development NGOs in Myanmar' In N Cheesman et al (eds) Myanmar's Transition: Openings, Obstacles and Opportunities. ISEAS
  • 2012. 'Facilitating Community Development Projects Within Myanmar.' In Subramaniam & Ariff (eds), Communities, Labour and Livelihood in Southeast Asia. Uni of Malaya

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