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Honorary Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne

Denis Dragovic's latest book is a narrative non-fiction, 'No Dancing, No Dancing: Inside the Global Humanitarian Crisis' (Odyssey Books, 2018) which follows his journey back to the places where he has worked to see what happened to the people and projects. He is a scholar of religion and war and a practitioner having worked for over a decade with various UN agencies and NGOs in conflict and post-conflict environments in the Middle East (including three years in Iraq), Africa and Asia leading humanitarian and development programs. While in Iraq he successfully led the efforts to release the first aid worker kidnapped by militants. He holds a PhD in political theology from the University of St Andrews, UK, and is the author of 'Religion and Post-Conflict Statebuilding: Roman Catholic and Sunni Islamic Perspectives' (Palgrave, 2015) as well as numerous literary and policy articles and regular contributions in the media on Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). His public commentary and research are available at


  • 2014–2015
    Adjunct Lecturer in International Development, University of Melbourne


  • 2014 
    University of St Andrews, PhD
  • 2000 
    Georgetown University, Masters of Science in Foreign Service


  • 2017
    The Role of Religion in Rebuilding the State of Syria: A case study of Sunni Islam , Review of Faith and International Affairs
  • 2016
    See No Religion, Hear No Religion, Speak No Religion: Aid workers, religion and cognitive dissonance in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Development Across Faith Boundaries,
  • 2015
    Religion and Post-Conflict Statebuilding: Roman Catholic and Sunni Islamic Perspectives, Palgave Macmillan
  • 2013
    Response to: Theology From Outside the Foxhole: A Veteran Reflects on Heroism, Practical Theology
  • 2009
    Terrorism and the Aid Industry: A Back to Basics Plan, Journal of Humanitarian Assistance