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Dr Vicki Ware



Senior Lecturer, International and Community Development


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Education


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 (CD) and peacebuilding approaches that utilise arts and sports-based programming. Current research explores arts as a pedagogical tool in CD and peacebuilding, primarily in Myanmar, and mechanisms by which arts can contribute to significant social change at the grassroots level.

Vicki has a wealth of practical experience in the field of arts-based CD, having worked across multiple sites in SE Asia since the mid-1990s. She has also worked in policy and research across all three levels of government in Australia, as well as in private policy consultancy.

She is also keenly interested in schools as sites for community development in disadvantaged regions of Australia, mobilisation of communities for advocacy, working with Indigenous Australian communities, 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
  • Development and arts policy

Current projects:

  • Arts-based and sports-based approaches to community development
  • Arts-based peacebuilding and conflict transformation, as part of CD programming
  • Schools and libraries as sites of community development in disadvantaged regions
  • Mobilising communities to advocate for asylum seeker policy change

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


Development Studies Association of Australia

ICD@Deakin Research Group

Arts/Sports CD Network (Convenor)

Teaching interests

Arts-based  and sports-based community development

Participatory community development

Policy and advocacy

Religion and development

Qualitative research methods

Units taught

I currently teach:

ADS720 Arts and sports-based approaches to community development 

ADS721 Policy and advocacy in development contexts

ADS705 Participatory and community development practice

I have previously taught:

ADS723 Development project cycle

ADS714 Gender and development

AIP 773 Governance and accountability

AIP747 Policy and program evaluation


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Strengthening everyday peace formation via community development in Myanmar's Rohingya-Rakhine conflict

Anthony Ware, Vicki Ware

(2020), pp. 247-261, Sustaining social inclusion, Abingdon, Vic., B1

book chapter

How do arts programmes contribute in international development? A systematic review of outcomes and associated processes

Vicki-Ann Ware, Kim Dunphy

(2020), Vol. 20, pp. 140-162, Progress in development studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

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

V Ware, Kim Dunphy

(2019), Vol. 31, pp. 480-503, European journal of development research, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Free to learn? Removing unfreedoms in school communities to improve learning outcomes: Final report of Phase 2 SMAG Cluster Project 2018-19

Vicki Ware, Shannon McSolvin, Elizabeth Rouse

(2019), Burwood, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

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

book chapter

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

book chapter

Understanding & Responding to conflict in Rakhine State: Conflict analysis & conflict sensitive strategic program advice for GraceWorks Myanmar, responding to the Rohingya-Rakhine-Burman conflict

A Ware, V Ware, C Laoutides

(2018), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

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

book chapter

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

journal article

Free to learn? Removing unfreedoms in school communities to improve learning outcomes: final report on SMAG cluster pilot project 2016-17

V Ware, E Rouse

(2017), [Melbourne, Vic.], A6

research report/technical paper

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 article

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

journal article

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

book chapter

Supporting healthy communities through arts programs

V Ware

(2014), Canberra, Australia, A6

research report/technical paper

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

book chapter

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, C1

journal article

Improving the accessibility of health services in urban and regional settings for indigenous people

V Ware

(2013), Canberra, A.C.T., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Mentoring programs for indigenous youth at-risk

V Ware

(2013), Canberra, A.C.T., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Supporting healthy communities through sports and recreation programs

V Ware, V Meredith

(2013), Canberra, ACT, A6

research report/technical paper

Housing strategies that improve indigenous health outcomes

V Ware

(2013), Canberra, A.C.T., A6-1

research report/technical paper

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

book chapter

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 article

Improving Indigenous Access to Early Childhood Services in Urban and Regional Areas

V Ware

(2012), Canberra, A6

research report/technical paper

What makes a difference? Building a foundation for nationally consistent outcome measures

H Gronda, V Ware, L Vitis

(2011), Melbourne Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Addressing locational disadvantage effectively (International evidence)

V Ware

(2010), Melbourne, A6

research report/technical paper

Intermediate housing markets and effective policy responses

L Vitis, V Ware, H Gronda

(2010), Sydney, A6

research report/technical paper

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding in Rakhine State, Myanmar

A/Prof 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, A/Prof Liz Rouse

  • 2017: $5,000
  • 2016: $10,000

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

A/Prof Anthony Ware, Dr Vicki Ware

  • 2020: $70,126
  • 2019: $62,352


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