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Dr Graham Dwyer

Lecturer, Social Impact

Biography

Graham Dwyer is Course Director and Major Discipline Coordinator (Master of Social Impact). He is also a lecturer and researcher at the Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia as well as a research associate at the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre. He holds an undergraduate and masters degree from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and a doctorate from University of Melbourne, Australia.

Graham came to Melbourne in 2002 to take up a position as Visiting International Scholar at RMIT University. Between 2003 and 2014 he held various senior policy officer and management roles within Victorian government departments in Australia before he completed his doctorate. After completing his doctorate he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Melbourne.

Graham's research revolves around the areas of sensemaking, learning and change in emergency management organizations. He has written various opinion pieces for The Conversation as well both Fairfax Media (The Age; The Sydney Morning Herald; and Brisbane Times) & The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd (Herald Sun and Weekly Times). His research has been published in Organization Studies and Management Learning.  

Graham currently teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the areas of social impact. His teaching philosophy centres on student development. He uses theoretical frameworks and his previous career experience to engage students in the nuances of complex societal issues so that they can they make positive contributions to society as both people and professionals after completing their university study.  



Research interests

Organization Studies; Organization Learning; Risk Evaluation; Program Evaluation

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Making Sense of COVID19: The sensemaking approach has become prominent in organization studies as one way we seek to understand equivocal circumstances. This is study seeks to examine the different ways in which emergency management organizations seek to make sense of equivocal circumstances such COVID19 so that leaders can plan for and respond to such events in the future in a way that ameliorates harmful circumstances.

Teaching areas

Social Impact;Management;Leadership

Publications

Also published as: Dwyer, Graham; Dwyer, G.; Dwyer, Graham John
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: Collective action and collaborative governance in crisis situations *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2021: Established and Emerging Uses of Predictive Services *; Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC - Contract

* Chief Investigator