Dr Vandra Harris Agisilaou is a senior lecturer in International Development in RMITT's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
Vandra Harris's research focuses particularly on the interface between different actors in humanitarian spaces, especially militaries, police and NGOs, and local and international development actors. She has a special interest in humanitarianism(s), children and youth, and ethics in everyday practice.
Vandra's most recent research project addressed NGO-military interaction complex emergencies and disasters, funded by the Australian Civil-Military Centre. She has previously worked on ARC research projects on Australia's international policing and on youth recidivism in Australia.
Past and current PhD supervisions include international police traffic safety; trauma and nation-building in Timor-Leste; community-based disaster risk management in Sri Lanka; community policing and militant groups in Pakistan; gender-based violence in humanitarian practice; and pro-poor decentralisation in Ghana
At Masters level, Vandra teaches Practical Ethics for Development; International Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance; Humanitarian Practice; and Children in Development and Humanitarian Practice. In undergraduate International Studies, she teaches Global Development: Themes, Debates and Practices.
Vandra is a member of RMIT's College Human Ethics Advisory Network. She is a Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUSAFS);
maintains professional membership of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP), International Development Ethics Association (IDEA), Australian Association of Professional and Applied Ethics (AAPAE), Development Studies Association of Australia (DSAA)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Development Studies), Flinders University
- Master of Letters (Development Studies), University of New England
- Graduate Diploma of Social Science (Child Development), University of South Australia
- Bachelor of Arts - Honours (Literature), University of Adelaide
- Bachelor of Arts (Indonesian; English) Flinders University
- Agisilaou, V.,Harris, H. (2023). Learning to be ethical: the role of ethical capability in community development education In: Community Development Journal, 58, 154 - 172
- Agisilaou, V. (2023). Humanitarianism and Security: The Amplification of Crises and Threats In: Global Security in an Age of Crisis, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- Agisilaou, V. (2023). Security beyond the state: exploring potential development impacts of community policing reform in post-conflict and fragile environment In: Journal of Global Ethics, , 1 - 19
- Agisilaou, V. (2022). Children, youth, and development In: The Routledge Handbook of Global Development, Routledge, New York, United States
- Abbas, M.,Shuey, R.,Agisilaou, V. (2022). FROM FEAR TO COOPERATION: The critical role of community policing in building trust in the postcolonial state of Pakistan In: Policing the Global South, Routledge, Milton Park United Kingdom
- Lee, J.,Battersby, P.,Harris, V.,Hemana, C.,Romios, P. (2019). Australia Turning Inwards? Insights from Humanitarian Australians In: The Round Table, 108, 1 - 10
- Harris, V.,Tuladhar, S. (2019). Humanitarian localisation: Can we put values into practice? In: Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations, 22, 33 - 55
- Goldsmith, A.,Harris, V. (2017). International policing missions: Establishing trustworthy policing in low-trust environments In: Trust in International Police and Justice Cooperation, Hart Publishing Limited, Oxford, UK
- Harris, V. (2017). Moral dilemmas: ethics and development practice In: International Development: A Global Perspective on Theory and Practice, Sage Publications Limited, London, United Kingdom
- Harris, V. (2017). Transforming the discourse of civil-military interaction for humanitarian environments In: Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention in the 21st Century, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 PhD Current Supervisions4 PhD Completions
- The NGO-military interface in post-conflict and post-disaster contexts. Funded by: Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence Grant pre-2014 from (2011 to 2013)