Dr Graham Dwyer


Dr Graham Dwyer is a lecturer and researcher at the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne, Swinburne University of Technology. He is also a research associate at the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre. He holds an undergraduate and masters degree from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and a doctorate from The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Graham came to Melbourne in 2002 to take up a position as Visiting International Scholar at RMIT University. Between 2003 and 2014 he held various senior policy officer and management roles within Victorian government departments in Australia before he completed his doctorate. After completing his doctorate he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne.

Graham's research revolves around the areas of sensemaking, learning and change in emergency management organizations. He has written various opinion pieces for both Fairfax Media (The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Brisbane Times) as well as The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd (Herald Sun and Weekly Times). 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.

You can hear from Graham in the impact2020 webinar: The emotional face of firefighting: The case of the Black Saturday bushfires.


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