Staff profile

Mr Christopher John Roche

Chair in International Development, Associate Professor & Director of the Institute for Human Security and Social Change

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences and Communications
Institute for Human Security

SS Room 310, Melbourne (Bundoora)


B.A. (Hons) Geography, Liverpool University, UK M.Phil Geography, Liverpool University, UK

Membership of professional associations

Member of the Australasian Evaluation Society

Area of study

International Development

Brief profile

Chris has over 25 years’ experience working for International NGOs as a project manager, evaluator, policy researcher and as a Director. He joined La Trobe in 2012 and is the convenor of the Masters of International Development and Director of the Institue for Human Secuity and Social Change. He is particularly interested in understanding how social change happens, who is involved, and how the effectiveness of attempts to promote change is assessed. Chris is keen to develop new linkages between academia and development agencies and is keen to hear ideas and proposals about how best to make this happen.

Research interests

International Aid and Development

- Complexity, power and politics

- Leadership, networks and coalitions

- Monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of development programs and processes

- Poverty, gender relations and inequality

- Role of civil society in social change

- Role of international actors (aid agencies, NGOs, social movements) in supporting local process of social change

- Social accountability and learning as a force for change

Teaching units

  • POL4MSH – Making Social Change Happen
  • POL5ISD - Issues in International Development


Recent work with DFAT (AusAID), the Central Land Council, Caritas, Anglican Overseas Aid, Cardno, the Developmental Leadership Program and the Pacific Leadership Program

Recent publications

Research projects