Chris Roche

Chris Roche

Chris is Associate Professor and Chair in International Development at La Trobe University in Melbourne, where he is also Director of the Institute for Human Security and Social Change. He has over 25 years’ experience working for international NGOs as a project manager, evaluator, policy researcher and director.

He is particularly interested in understanding how social change happens, who is involved, and how the effectiveness of attempts to promote change is understood and assessed. His research interests also include complexity, power and politics; leadership, networks and coalitions; the role of civil society and International NGOs; and poverty, gender relations and inequality.


Innovation: transactional or transformative?

23rd March 2015

It's time to discuss how the word 'innovation' might mean different things to different audiences. 

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Cancer and the links between medicine and development

15th April 2015

DLP Senior Research Partner discusses what cancer has taught him about the links between medicine and development. Guest post for From Poverty to Power.

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Connections, contradictions and the political economy of attention

7th May 2015

Thoughts on two sources of new and useful ideas about the deeper structures that might shape creativity.

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Taking the Results agenda to the next level?

15th July 2015

In The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development, Chris Roche and his fellow editors examine how practitioners have navigated, resisted and used the ‘results agenda’ for more transformational ends.

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Identifying rebels with a cause (and effect)

1st December 2015

The Developmental Leadership Program will host its 2016 Annual Conference at La Trobe University in Melbourne on 8 February. Its theme is Power, politics and positive deviance.

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Politics, risk and development: three takeaways

19th February 2016

Reflections from last week's Australasian Aid Conference and DLP’s 2016 Annual Conference, both hosted at Australian universities. 

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What is transformative leadership?

15th April 2016

Structural obstacles to progressive change can only be challenged by sustained pressure from coalitions and social movements. (Guest post in University World News)

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Overcoming premature evaluation

15th November 2016

Sometimes failure is the first stop on the road to success for development programming. (Guest post in From Poverty to Power)

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Gender analysis, and thinking and working politically – bridging the gap

14th February 2017

Guest post on Devpolicy  introducing panels at this week's Australasian Aid Conference

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How can a gendered understanding of power and politics make development work more effective?

13th February 2018

Guest post for From Poverty to Power on the launch of the 'Gender and Politics in Practice' findings

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