Mr Christopher John

Mr Christopher John Roche

Chair in International Development & Senior Research Partner with the Developmental Leadership Program, Associate Professor & Director of the Institute for Human Security and Social Change

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

HU3 307, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

Institute for Human Security and Social Change


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



Membership of professional associations

Member of the Australasian Evaluation Society; La Trobe University representative on the Strategic and Scientific Advisory Committee of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS),

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 director of the Institute for Human Security and Social Change and Senior Research Partner with the Developmental Leadership Program. 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

  • POL5ISD - Issues in International Development


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

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Research projects