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Dr Anthony Ware

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer In International And Community Development

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SHSS Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

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

Contact

anthony.ware@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 925 17802

Biography

Anthony Ware is a Senior Lecturer in International and Community Development, a development studies scholar. His recent research has focussed on:

  • Myanmar (Burma) studies, particularly in relation to the Rohingya conflict (history, causes, drivers and impact) and international development programmes in conflict-affected parts of the country;
  • Conflict studies and peacebuilding, particularly conflict-sensitivity ('do no harm') analysis undertaken for humanitarian-development programme design and implementation; and
  • Bottom-up humanitarian-development programming approaches, such as participatory, community-driven development, asset-based community development, and strengthening everyday peace formation.

Dr Ware came to academia after a decade as a development practitioner, and has maintained strong industry linkages. He thus aims for all of his research to facilitate real outcomes for people’s lives as much as advance theoretical understandings, by impacting international agency programme strategy and practice, and donor policy, as much as contribute to academic knowledge.

He has also worked on issues such as the previous internatinal sanctions against the Myanmar regime, development in fragile states, democratic transition, the role of faith and faith-based organisations in development, and theoretical and case study evaluations of development in difficult sociopolitical contexts generally. He has published overtwo dozen papers/chapters, and has four books: Context-Sensitive Development: How International NGOs Operate in Myanmar (Kumarian 2012), Development in Difficult Sociopolitical Contexts (ed. Palgrave 2014), and Development Across Faith Boundaries (ed. Routledge 2017, with Matthew Clarke) and Myanmar's 'Rohingya' Conflict (Hurst & Oxford University Press 2018, with Costas Laoutides).

Anthony was the Director of the Australia Myanmar Institute 2012-2017, and previously lectured at The University of Melbourne. He is a regular reviewer of journal articles and book manuscripts for several publishers, and is or has supervised (principal or associate) 13 doctoral students in fields ranging from the impact of political transition on minoirity rights, to evaluation of small NGO programs, to monitoring of NGO development program quality, to middle power influence in Myanmar's peace process, to microfinance, child sponsorship, and cultural heritage.

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Research interests

  • Myanmar (Burma), particularly Rakhine & Kachin States conflicts
  • Development in conflict-affected situations (impact of conflict on development, development on conflict)
  • 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
  • FBOs and inter-religious development partnerships

Affiliations

Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation 

Australia Myanmar Institute (board)

ICD@Deaklin reserach team (convenor)

Development Studies Association of Australia (executive committee)

Teaching interests

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

Units taught

My current units:

  • ADS701 Introduction to International & Community Development
  • ADS711 Non-Government Organisations & Otther Development Actors
  • ADS721 Private Sector Development: Corporations, Social-Enterprise & Microfinance

Other units previously taught:

  •  Participatory Approaches to Development
  •  Aid Trade and Development
  •  Humanitarian Emergencies and Disaster Relief
  •  Internships
  •  Dissertations
  •  Public Policy in Australia
  •  Order and Justice in World Politics
  •  World Religions
  •  Understanding Development (MelbUni)
  •  Conceptualisation of Poverty, Microfinance & Development (MelbUni)

Knowledge areas

  1. Myanmar (Burma), particularly Rohingya/Rakhine & Kachin States conflicts
  2. Development in conflict-affected situations (impact of conflict on development, development on conflict) - conflict-sensitivity / 'do no harm' analysis
  3. Development in difficult socio-political contexts more generally: failed, fragile, pariah
  4. Everyday peace
  5. Participatory development, Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), community-led development approaches
  6. Using development assistance to support democratic transition, peace processes
  7. Addressing marginalisation, equity and conflict through development
  8. FBOs and inter-religious development partnerships

Expertise

Myanmar (Burma) - conflict, Rohingya, Kachin, history, development, political transition Participatory development, ABCD Development effectiveness
  • Burma
  • Community development
  • Foreign aid / international development
  • Foreign aid/international development
  • International relations

Conferences

Conferences & Symposia Convened:

  • 2017 Australia-Myanmar Institute: Progress towards Myanmar’s Sustainable Development Goals, in conjunction with Yangon University and the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies, 28 November – 1 December 2017
  • 2017 Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship & Globalisation: Development, Inequality and Well-being research stream Symposium: Religion, Development and Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism - with Matthew Clarke, 25 October 2017
  • 2016 Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship & Globalisation:
    Development, Inequality and Well-being research stream
    Symposium: Winning the Peace & Post-Conflict Reconstruction, 29 August 2016
  • 2016 Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship & Globalisation:
    Development & Human Rights research stream
    Symposium: Discrimination, Disparity and Deprivation Workshop II: Narratives, Policies and Practices, 26 October 2015
  • 2015 Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship & Globalisation:
    Development & Human Rights research stream
    Symposium: Discrimination, Disparity and Deprivation Workshop I: Issues, Concepts and Extents, 14October 2015
  • 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

Professional activities

2011-ongoing Board Member & Strategic Advisor: Graceworks Myanmar

2013-2017Acting Director: Australia Myanmar Institute

2003-2011 Director (voluntary) Community Transformation Inc

Media appearances

Television Appearances

  • Channel NewsAsia (Singapore). 27 August 2018. PrimeTime News  (6pm Singapore), live TV interview re UN Human Rights Council labelling Rohingya crisis as ‘genocide’
  • Channel NewsAsia (Singapore). 1 May 2018. NewsHour Asia (11am Singapore), live TV interview re UN Security Council delegation visit to Rakhine State re return of Rohingya refugees 
  • Channel NewsAsia (Singapore). 24 November 2017. Firstlook Asia (8am Singapore), live TV interview re Myanmar signing deal with Bangladesh on return of Rohingya refugees 
  • ABC. 4 October 2017. 7:30 Report, on the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh (See http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/thousands-of-rohingyas-could-be-repatriated-to-myanmar/9009912)
  • ABC. 3 October 2017. AM reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh
  • Channel NewsAsia (Singapore). 4 August 2017. Prime time news (7pm Singapore), live TV interview re Myanmar Rohingya ASEAN crisis
  • Channel NewsAsia (Singapore). 31 August 2016. Prime Time morning bulletin, First Look Asia, live TV interview re Myanmar Peace Talks: Panglong Peace Conference 
  • Channel NewsAsia (Singapore). 18 July 2016. 10am News, live TV interview re Aung San Suu Kyi work to clinch a ceasefire
  • Channel NewsAsia (Singapore). 2 December 2015. 7:00am News, live TV interview re Aung San Suu Kyi meeting with President Thein Sein and Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing.
  • Channel NewsAsia (Singapore). 21 October 2015. Between The Lines special on the Myanmar Election/ Ceasefire agreement with armed ethnic groups. 
  • ABC News 24. 8 October 2015. The World reporting on the Myanmar elections, democracy and Aung San Suu Kyi’s plans to lead the government even if not formally president. 
  • Channel NewsAsia (Singapore). 16 September 2015. Between The Lines special on the Myanmar , transition to democracy, ethnic conflict and religious nationalism alongside Aung Zaw (The Irrawaddy) and Paul Keenan (EuroBurma Office).
  • Channel NewsAsia (Singapore). 22 July 2015. Between The Lines special on the Myanmar Elections alongside renowned Myanmar scholars, Dr Tin Maung Maung Than and A/Prof Maitrii Aung-Thwin.
  • Chanel NewsAsia (Singapore). 10 March 2015. 6:00pm News, 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

 

Recent Radio

  • The Wire, (Radio 4EB, Radio Adelaide, 2SER, RTR Perth, CAAMA Alice Springs), 31 August 2018, re UN labelling Rohingya crisis as ‘genocide’
  • Radio Adelaide, 22 November 2017 Mornings, re how to respond to Rohingya crisis
  • 2SER, 16 November 2017 The Daily, re how to respond to Rohingya crisis
  • 938LIVE (Singapore). 2 Dec 2015. 8am News re: Aung San Suu Kyi meeting with President Thein Sein and Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing
  • 938LIVE (Singapore). 8 Sep 2015. Morning Agenda re: Myanmar elections
  • 938LIVE (Singapore). 24 July 2015. Morning Agenda re: Myanmar ceasefire negotiations
  • 938LIVE (Singapore). 9 July 2015. Talkback re: Myanmar Elections 2015
  • 3RRR 102.7 FM Breakfast Show. 18th April 2012, Myanmar political developments

Research groups

Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

ICD@Deakin (International & Community Development) research group (convenor)

Awards

  • 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

Projects

Recent Funded Research Projects

2019-2022 GraceWorks Myanmar funding -Strengthening ‘everyday peace’ formation via Community Development Education

2018-2019 with Plan International - Addressing Violent and Hateful Extremism (VHE) threough development and humanitarian programming

2016-2017 Gerda Henkel Stiftung funding - Analysis of the causes, nature and capacities for peace in Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim—Rakhine Buddhist conflict (with Dr Costas Laoutides)

2016-2018 GraceWorks Myanmar funding - Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding Action Research in Rakhine State, Myanmar (with Dr Vicki-Ann Ware)

Publications

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2019

Myanmar's 'Rohingya' conflict: Misconceptions and complexity

A Ware, C Laoutides

(2019), Vol. 50, pp. 60-79, Asian Affairs, London, Eng., C1

journal
2018

Awareness-raising as community development : Theory, case study and innovation in Myanmar

A Ware

(2018), pp. 115-128, The Routledge handbook of community development : perspectives from around the globe, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter

Critical consciousness-raising amongst poor Rakhine villages in rural Myanmar

A Ware, V Ware

(2018), pp. 32-50, Consciousness-raising : critical pedagogy and practice for social change, London, Eng., B1

chapter

Myanmar's 'Rohingya' conflict

A Ware, C Laoutides

(2018), [London, Eng.], A1

book
2017

Development amidst communal conflict: case study of a Christian FBO in a Buddhist-Muslim conflict region in Myanmar

A Ware, P Thein Nyunt

(2017), pp. 50-66, Development across faith boundaries, Abingdon, Eng., B1

chapter

Crossing the faith boundary

M Clarke, A Ware

(2017), pp. 3-15, Development across faith boundaries, Abingdon, Eng., B1

chapter

Faith and crossing boundaries: implications for development policy and practice

A Ware, M Clarke

(2017), pp. 173-184, Development across faith boundaries, Abingdon, Eng., B1

chapter
2016

Origins of Buddhist Nationalism in Myanmar/Burma: an urban history of religious space, social integration and marginalisation in colonial Rangoon after 1852

A Ware

(2016), pp. 27-45, Religion and urbanism: reconceptualising sustainable cities for South Asia, London, Eng., B1

chapter

Domains of faith impact: how "faith" is perceived to shape faith-based international development organisations

V-A Ware, A Ware, M Clarke

(2016), Vol. 26, pp. 321-333, Development in practice, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Re-examining the centrality of ethnic Identity to the Kachin conflict

C Laoutides, A Ware

(2016), pp. 47-66, Conflict in Myanmar War, Politics, Religion, Singapore, Malaysia, B1

chapter
2015

Secessionist aspects to the Buddhist-Muslim sectarian conflict in Rakhine State, Myanmar

A Ware

(2015), pp. 153-168, Territorial Separatism in Global Politics, Milton Park, Eng., B1

chapter
2014

Through the eyes of the sponsored

B Watson, A Ware

(2014), pp. 236-259, CHILD SPONSORSHIP: EXPLORING PATHWAYS TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE, Basingstoke, Eng., B1

chapter

Beyond the usual suspects: complexity of fragility and analytical framework

A Ware

(2014), pp. 3-23, Development in difficult sociopolitical contexts: fragile, failed and pariah states, Basingstoke, England, B1

chapter

Development in fragile states and situations: theory and critique

A Ware, V Ware

(2014), pp. 24-47, Development in difficult sociopolitical contexts: fragile, failed and pariah states, Basingstoke, England, B1

chapter

Development in a fragile pariah state: Myanmar 1990-2010

A Ware

(2014), pp. 248-273, Development in difficult sociopolitical contexts: fragile, failed and pariah states, Basingstoke, England, B1

chapter

Critiques and alternatives: development in contexts of fragility

A Ware

(2014), pp. 297-321, Development in difficult sociopolitical contexts: fragile, failed and pariah states, Basingstoke, England, B1

chapter

Asset-Based Community Development in Myanmar: Theory, fit and practice

A Ware

(2014), pp. 126-141, Growing Sustainable Communities: A Development Guide for Southeast Asia, B1

chapter
2013

Why western-based, pentecostal mission organizations undertake community development in south east asia

V Ware, A Ware, M Clarke, G Buchanan

(2013), pp. 430-449, Handbook of Research on Development and Religion, B1

chapter

An assessment of empowerment through highly participatory asset-based community development in Myanmar

A Ware

(2013), Vol. 75, pp. 110-114, Development bulletin : challenges for participatory development in contemporary development practice, Canberra, A. C. T., C1

journal

L'implication des missionnaires pentectistes dans l'aide au dveloppement en Asie du Sud-Est

V Ware, A Ware, M Clarke, G Buchanan

(2013), Vol. 60, pp. 488-502, Social compass, London, England, C1

journal

Supporting national transition in Myanmar with development assistance

A Ware

(2013), Vol. 9, pp. 47-57, Journal of international studies, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia, C1

journal
2012

Context-sensitive development : how international NGOs operate in Myanmar

A Ware

(2012), Sterling, Va., A1

book

Facilitating community development projects within Myanmar : preliminary results of international NGO interviews

A Ware

(2012), pp. 117-138, Communities, labour and livelihood in Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, B1

chapter

Context sensitivity by development INGOs in Myanmar

A Ware

(2012), pp. 323-347, Myanmar's Transition: Openings, Obstacles and Opportunities, Singapore, B1

chapter

Winds of change in Myanmar? Implications for international cooperation In poverty alleviation

A Ware

(2012), Vol. 17, pp. 95-115, JATI : journal of Southeast Asian studies, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, C1

journal

Understanding pentecostal motivations for undertaking community development in South East Asia : evidence of an expanded understanding of holistic mission

A Ware, V Ware, M Clarke

(2012), Vol. 6, pp. 31-39, Australian journal of mission studies, Parkville, Vic., C1

journal
2011

The MDGs in Myanmar : relevant or redundant?

A Ware

(2011), Vol. 16, pp. 579-596, Journal of the Asia Pacific economy, Essex, England, C1

journal

Context sensitive development

A Ware

(2011), pp. 46-71, International development : linking academia with development aid and effectiveness, Saarbrucken, Germany, B1

chapter
2010

Human rights and the right to development : insights into the Myanmar government's response to rights allegations

A Ware

(2010), pp. 1-20, ASAA 2010 : Proceedings of the 18th Asian Studies Association of Australia Biennial Conference of the ASAA : Crises and Opportunities : Past, Present and Future, Adelaide, S.A., E1

conference

Contextualisation of international development principles to difficult contexts: a case study of Myanmar

A Ware

(2010), pp. 1-23, ASAA 2010 : Proceedings of the 18th Asian Studies Association of Australia Biennial Conference of the ASAA : Crises and Opportunities : Past, Present and Future, Adelaide, S.A., E1

conference

Contextualisation of international development principles to difficult contexts : a case study of Myanmar

A Ware

(2010), Vol. 1, pp. 51-83, Citizenship and globalisation research papers, Geelong, Vic., C1-1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding in Rakhine State, Myanmar

Dr Anthony Ware, Dr Vicki Ware

  • 2018: $23,592
  • 2017: $21,647
  • 2016: $19,442

Analysis of causes, nature and capacities for peace in Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim - Rakhine Buddhist conflict

Dr Costas Laoutides, Dr Anthony Ware

  • 2017: $19,334
  • 2016: $43,974

Investigating the need for current practices around countering/preventing violent extremism and the work of Plan International in the Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar

Dr Anthony Ware, Prof Matthew Clarke, Prof Greg Barton, Dr Matteo Vergani, Deakin Research Giving

  • 2018: $10,000

Analysing GraceWorks Myanmar's CDE 'Everyday Peace' Strengthening Program in Rakhine State, Myanmar.

Dr Anthony Ware, Dr Vicki Ware

  • 2019: $62,352

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2019

Ronan Lee

Thesis entitled: Myanmar¿s Rohingya Genocide: Rohingya perspectives of history and identity

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Murray Boardman

Thesis entitled: Exploring quality in the implementation of development projects: Insights from development NGOs

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Associate Supervisor
2017

Anne Laura Kraak

Thesis entitled: World Heritage and Human Rights in Bagan, Myanmar

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

2015

Brad Anthony Watson

Thesis entitled: Child Sponsorship NGOs: Origins, Evolution and Motives for Change

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

2014

Peter Mason

Thesis entitled: Financial Cooperatives and the development of social capital

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Aimatul Yumna

Thesis entitled: Understanding Sustainability and Outreach of Islamic Charity Based Microfinance: Cases Study in Indonesia

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences