Teaching and training

We support the next generation of development practitioners through teaching in International Development and through supervising PhD and Masters students. Our current higher degree research students are listed in the table below.

We teach or provide guest lectures into La Trobe’s Master of International Development Program, particularly in the two core subjects of Field Methods and Making Development Matter.

We also build the skills of social change practitioners through the delivery of professional development programs.

We are able to provide bespoke training to our partners in areas such as political economy analysis; adaptive programming; monitoring, evaluation and learning for complex adaptive programming; and partnership design, management and brokering.

Rather than provide training as a one-off service, we aim to accompany our partners over time in ways which build capacity, facilitate shared learning and contribute to systemic change.

In 2016/17 we partnered with the Australian Council for International Development to deliver Making Change Happen, a professional development program for emerging NGO leaders. This program drew on insights from complexity theory and system thinking to explore how social change happens and the implications for development practice and for leading development organisations. You can access the resources that were developed for this program via the Making Change Happen Resource Centre.

CURRENT HIGHER DEGREE RESEARCH STUDENTS
NAMETHESIS TITLESUPERVISORS
Glenn BondLocalisation and legitimacy for International Non-Government Organisations.Chris Roche and John Cox
Caitlin FinlaysonPostdevelopment practice in INGOs: An action research study of Oxfam New Zealand.Chris Roche and Katharine McKinnon (Sociology)
Stephanie HoughtonShort-term volunteering within development in Ghana: Narratives of altruism and improvement, power and discourse.Katharine McKinnon (Sociology) and Chris Roche
Ujjwal KrishnaThe political economy of development research and policyChris Roche and Jasmine Kim-Westendorf (Politics).
Bridi RiceThe counterpart perspective: Expatriate advisers and technical assistance in Papua New Guinea. Putting humans at the heart of technical assistance.Chris Roche and Linda Kelly