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Honorary Senior Fellow, The 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 Iraq, Sudan and East Timor, where he had been posted as an aid worker to see what happened to the people and projects. Prior to that he combined his experiences helping rebuild countries after war with academic research to write 'Religion and Post-Conflict Statebuilding: Roman Catholic and Sunni Islamic Perspectives' (Palgrave, 2015). His latest book is about Australia's migration program and what he sees as a forthcoming competition of cultures.

Denis specialises on issues relating to religion, human rights and migration. In addition to his scholarly research he is a practitioner having previously worked for over a decade with various UN agencies and NGOs in conflict and post-conflict environments in the Middle East, Africa and Asia leading humanitarian and development programs. He is currently a Senior Member on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal undertaking asylum reviews as well as a board member on the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

He holds a PhD in political theology from the University of St Andrews, a Masters of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Adelaide. More about him, including his media commentary and research, can be found 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