Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • International development
  • Communication and sustained development research
  • Urbanisation and poverty in the Global South
  • Transnational migration
  • Diasporas and Africa

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Charles Mphande

Dr Charles Mphande is an educator, communication for development specialist and applied linguist.

He lectures in International Community Development with interests in discourse in development and other settings; network analysis, especially among emerging communities in Australia; knowledge democracy movements and the growing space for social economy and its promise to the Global South. Further, Charles is interested in learning and teaching in such interdisciplinary human sciences areas as community development. He brings to the International Development Course, not only his academic expertise and experience but also the benefits of his years of experience in international development practice with communities, grassroots organisations and multilateral bodies in international development.

From 2006 to 2007 Charles was the English Language/ESOL and Communication consultant in the Language Across the Curriculum Grant for the Electronic & Electrical Engineering Faculty at Victoria University, involved with the newly introduced problem-based learning (PBL) program. Charles developed the content and ran the orientation and clinical workshops for staff aimed at helping staff handle students’ academic communication and English-language needs in the problem-based learning context. While the orientation workshops dealt with theoretical bases of (English language) self-/participant–directed learning, the clinical workshops involved hands-on discourse analysis of students’ reports and reflective journals to single out student (English language) learning progress or/and problems, as well as their general progress in learning how to learn experience, to avert possible learner attrition.

Dr Mphande has years of experience working with civil society organisations overseas in long-term development and social mobilisation, especially for girls' education, and health. Further, he has hands-on overseas experience doing commissioned evaluations of national development programs funded by World Bank. While he was engaged in evaluation of programs in general, he was particularly called upon to evaluate the information education and communication (IEC) functions.

Charles is an academic editor of The Asian English for Specific Purposes Journal. He is also an active member of the Communication and Partnerships team of Engagement Australia. He has received awards for excellence in research and research training, and excellence in work towards education of African-Australians and Africa.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Victoria University, Australia, 2006
  • Master of Arts, University of Warwick, U.K., 1997
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours), University of Malawi, 1993
  • Bachelor of Education, University of Malawi, 1983

Key publications

Year Citation
2009 Simcock, A., Shi, J., Mphande, C., & Bronson, P. (090101). Developing Academic Staff Awareness of Learning Styles, Communication Competency and Assessment in PBL (pp. 351-373). iNEER.

Year Citation
2007 Simcock, A., Ives, R., Bronson, P., Mphande, C., & Shi, J. (071228). The phased introduction of PBL in the engineering undergraduate programs at Victoria University Paper presented at ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings.
2007 Mphande, C., Bronson, P., Ives, R., Shi, J., & Simcock, A. (071228). Assessment in a PBL context: Towards validity and reliability Paper presented at ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings.
2007 Simcock, A., Ives, R., Shi, J., Bronson, P., & Mphande, C. (070101). Using PBL to Enhance Industry and Community Engagement (pp. 1-5). Melbourne, Australia: Victoria University.
2007 Simcock, A., Shi, J., Ives, R., Mphande, C., & Bronson, P. (070101). Towards Staff Awareness of Communication Education in Engineering (pp. 1-8). Melbourne: University of Melbourne.
2007 Shi, J., Ives, R., Simcock, A., Mphande, C., & Bronson, P. (070101). Goals and Assessment: Towards Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency (pp. 1-8). Melbourne, Australia: Victoria University.
2007 Bronson, P., Ives, R., Mphande, C., Shi, J., & Simcock, A. (070101). Developing Staff Awareness of Communication Competency and Reviewing Alternative Assessment in PBL (pp. 1-6). Melbourne, Australia: Victoria University.

Year Citation
2017 Mackenzie, C., Mwamba, C., & Mphande, C. (170101). Ancestors and the Politics of Reality: Housing, Home and Belonging in Postcolonizing Australia. Critical Sociology, 43(1), (145-158).

doi: 10.1177/0896920514565483

2014 Waheduzzaman, & Mphande, C. HB. (140101). Gaps in Pursuing Participatory Good Governance: Bangladesh Context. Administration and Society, 46(1), (37-69).

doi: 10.1177/0095399712451891

2012 Waheduzzaman, W., & Mphande, C. (120101). Gaps in Pursuing Participatory Good Governance: Bangladesh Conte xt. Administration and Society, XX(X), (1-33).

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

A Collaborative Program to Build Business Literacy among Small Business Operators from Africa.
From: Ian Potter Foundation
Investigators: Dr Rafael Paguio, Dr Stephen Burgess
For period: 2016-2018
$54,000

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 PhD Associate supervisor
2 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Associate supervisor
PhD (2) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
4 PhD Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (4) Principal supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Teaching responsibilities

Undergraduate

Graduate

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jul 2007 - Oct 2019
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University
Oct 1994 - Nov 2006
Lecturer
University of Malawi
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jul 2007 -
Oct 2019
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University
Oct 1994 -
Nov 2006
Lecturer
University of Malawi

Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Jun 2018 - Oct 2019
CALD Advisory Committee
Cardinia Shire, Melbourne Australia
Jan 2015 - Oct 2019
Academic Editor
Asian English for Special Purposes Journal
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jun 2018 - Oct 2019
CALD Advisory Committee
Cardinia Shire, Melbourne Australia
Jan 2015 - Oct 2019
Academic Editor
Asian English for Special Purposes Journal

Awards

Year Award
2013

African - Australian Award for Professional Excellence - AFroshine Australia

2006

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research and Research Training - Victoria University

Professional memberships

  • Professional member, Pan African Australasian Diaspora Network
  • Professional member, Society for International Development
  • Professional member, International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

Media appearances

15th December 2012

African migration to Australia

With Africa Amara