Associate Professor – Humanitarian Studies – School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Appointed by Deakin as Co-Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, Dr Phil Connors’ work is focused on the education and research aspects of the Centre. Phil works across all the Centre’s educational programmes, including the Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership and Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Health, and is Course Director for the Master of Humanitarian Assistance. His research focus is on localization and leadership in the context of improving the humanitarian ecosystem, and he is a member of the Scientific Committee on the Humanitarian Encyclopedia Project through CERAH – University of Geneva.
Phil’s previous roles include Course Director of the Master of International and Community Development, and Community Development Lecturer in the Bachelor of Social Work at Deakin and Curtin Universities. Prior to returning to study, Phil worked for ten years with ‘at risk’ youth in remote indigenous communities and regional towns, as part of the WA Department for Community Services. He later transferred to the Perth Inner City Youth Service as Coordinator of the Street-work Team providing outreach services to street-present children and youth.
Phil holds a Diploma of Teaching (Primary) from Edith Cowan University and a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons), and PhD, from Curtin University. His published work includes ‘Developing Communities for the Future’ 5th Edition, ‘Leading the Way: Applied humanitarian leadership learning in the Haiyan response’, and ‘Transitioning Communities: communities, participation and the Transition Town movement’ in Community Development Journal 46 (4) 558-572.