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Dr Graham Dwyer

Senior Lecturer, Social Impact


Graham Dwyer is currently Course Director and has previously been Major Discipline Coordinator (Master of Social Impact). He is also a senior lecturer and researcher at the Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia as well as a research associate at Natural Hazards Research Australia Institute (previously 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'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, Human Relations, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Australian Journal of Public Administration and Management Learning. In 2023 he was a recipient of the Roland Calori Prize which is awarded bi-annually for the best article published in the journal Organization Studies

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


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

  • 2022: Understanding the design, communication, and dissemination of predictive maps to the public *; Natural Hazards Research Australia Fund Scheme
  • 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