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.

Articles

Innovation: transactional or transformative?

23rd March 2015

Innovation has become a popular word in international development. In Australia today, Bjorn Lomborg helped to formally open DFAT’s development innovation hub innovationXchange, which is designed to ‘identify, trial and scale up successful approaches’. Other donors, including the US and the UK, are also promoting innovation through initiatives like the Development Innovation Ventures programme.

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Cancer and the links between medicine and development

15th April 2015

Guest post for From Poverty to Power

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Connections, contradictions and the political economy of attention

7th May 2015

How can we encourage creativity, even in risk-averse organisations? How can we protect our attention resources?

I listened to two interesting LSE podcasts recently which got me thinking more about creativity following on from a recent blog I posted about the current interest in innovation. Some even suggest the ‘innovation imperative’ is a mega trend.

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Resources and reflections on gender and thinking and working politically

12th June 2015

Next week's meeting of the Thinking and Working Politically Community of Practice will focus on gender at an opportune time. It follows a spate of interesting papers, blog posts and talks about the relationship between 'thinking and working politically' and gender issues. 

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Taking the Results agenda to the next level?

15th July 2015

On new book The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development

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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

Last week was a big one for the Australasian development community, particularly for those interested in the politics of development. The Australasian Aid Conference at the Australian National University (10-11 February) included a packed session on 'Putting political thinking into development practice'. And DLP’s Annual Conference at La Trobe University focused  on Power, Politics and Positive Deviance.

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What is transformative leadership?

15th April 2016

Guest post in University World News

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Overcoming premature evaluation

15th November 2016

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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