Dr Vandra Harris is Discipline Leader of Global Studies, in RMIT'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), and in 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.
Vandra holds senior management responsibility for the Master of International Development, the Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) Honours and the Bachelor of Arts (International Studies).
She also teaches Practical Ethics for Development; International Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance; and Humanitarian Practice.
Since 2012 Vandra has been a member of the Executive of the Centre for Global Research.
- 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
Prior to her university career, Vandra worked in local and international NGOs with a focus on community development for over a decade, and consciously maintains this practical orientation in her work through close association with leading organisations and individuals in humanitarian, development and civil-military fields.
- Fellow of the Inter University Seminar for Armed Forces and Society (IUSAFS)
- Member of International Development Ethics Association (IDEA)
- Member of Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics (AAPAE)
- Member of International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA)
- 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
- 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 in Humanitarian Environments In: Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention in the 21st Century, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh
- Harris, V. (2016). Humanitarian Spaces: Understanding Military-NGO interaction in conflict and disaster In: Australian Civil-Military Centre Queenbeyan, Australia
- Harris, V. (2014). Sustainable Development Following Conflicts: The Critical Role of Security and Justice In: Linking Local and Global Sustainability, Springer, Netherlands
- Goldsmith, A.,Harris, V. (2012). Trust, trustworthiness and trust-building in international policing missions In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 45, 231 - 254
- Harris, V.,Goldsmith, A. (2012). Police in the development space: Australia's international police capacity builders In: Third World Quarterly, 33, 1019 - 1036
- Harris, V. (2011). Socioeconomic challenges: The gap between expectations and achievements In: Socioeconomic challenges: A reliable partner: Strengthening Australia - Timor-Leste relations Melbourne, Australia
- Jackson, A.,Harris, V. (2011). Learning each other's language: Doctrine and AFP-ADF interoperability In: Security challenges, 7, 103 - 119
1 PhD Completions4 PhD Current Supervisions
- 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)