Dr Phil Connors

Associate Professor of Humanitarian Studies, Deakin University; Co-Director, 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 and is Course Director for the Master of Humanitarian Assistance. His research focus is on localisation 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.

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