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Dr Vicki Ware



Acting Associate Head of School, Teaching and Learning


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Ed. Learning & Teaching, Deakin University, 2016
Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2007
Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1991
Bachelor of Music, University of Melbourne, 1991

+61 3 924 46964


Dr Vicki-Ann Ware is a Lecturer in the Master of International and Community Development course at Deakin University, with research interests in community development and peacebuilding which utilises arts and sports-based programming. She is also keenly interested in schools as sites for community development in disadvantaged regions of Australia, and the role of religious organisations in development.


Work experience:

  • Community development in Australia – settlement of newly-arrived refugees
  • Community development in Southeast Asia:

               - 8.5 years living/working in Thailand;

               - over 20 years contact and work in Myanmar;

               - speaks Thai fluently, and some Burmese

  •  Social planning, policy and policy research: almost a decade working at all levels of government in Australia, as well as in policy research consultancy. Areas of specialist knowledge:

              - Linkages between urban planning and community development

              - Housing and homelessness policy

              - Indigenous policy

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Research interests

I welcome inquiries regarding collaboration and research supervision in these areas:

  • Arts-based community development
  • Religion and development
  • Policy studies

Current projects:

  • Arts-based and sports-based approaches to community development
  • Arts-based peacebuilding and conflict transformation
  • Schools and libraries as sites of community development in disadvantaged regions

Other research interests:

  • The role of local government in community development
  • Community development in Indigenous Australian communities
  • The importance of music-cultural identity in contexts of rapid culture change
  • Religion and religious organisations in international development

Teaching interests

Arts-based community development

Gender and development

Religion and development

Qualitative research methods

Units taught

ADS707 Researching and working with communities part A

ADS708 Researching and working with communities part B

ADS714 Gender and development


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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


Methodological practices in research on arts-based programs in international development: a systematic review

V Ware, Kim Dunphy

(2018), pp. 1-24, European journal of development research, Berlin, Germany, C1


Dance and quality of life for indigenous communities in Australia

Kim Dunphy, V Ware

(2018), Dance and the quality of life, New York, N.Y., B1


Evaluation practices in participatory arts in international development: findings of a systematic literature review

K Dunphy, V Ware

(2017), pp. 221-237, Contemporary perspectives on art and international development, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Community development in schools - building connections with and for families

E Rouse, V Ware

(2017), Vol. 84, pp. 24-31, International journal of educational research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


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


Understanding faith-based organizations: how FBOs are contrasted with NGOs in international development literature

M Clarke, V-A Ware

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 37-48, Progress in Development Studies, London, Eng., C1


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


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, Cheltenham, England, B1


L'implication des missionnaires pentecôtistes dans l'aide au développement en Asie du Sud-Est

V Ware, A Ware, M Clarke, G Buchanan

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


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


UnitingWorld: partnership for effective involvement in mission including development

V Ware, K Enright

(2012), pp. 167-188, Mission and development : God's work or good works?, London, England, B1-1


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

Building futures for newly-arrived migrants through schools - community development in school communities to improve whole family outcomes

Dr Vicki Ware, Dr Liz Rouse

  • 2017: $5,000
  • 2016: $10,000


No completed student supervisions to report