James Whelan’s publications

Edited texts

Whelan, J. ed. (2006) Partnership-Based Social Research for Sustainable Natural Resource Management in Queensland, State of Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Water, Brisbane.

Monographs

Whelan, J. (2012) Big Society and Australia: How the UK Government is dismantling the state and what it means for Australia, Centre for Policy Development, Sydney.

Whelan, J. (2011) The State of the Service: An alternative report, Centre for Policy Development, Sydney.

Book chapters

Whelan, J. & La Rocca, S. with Hammond, H., MacLeod, J. & Gell, P. (2012) ‘Strategising to learn: Learning to Strategise’ in P. Westoby & L.Shevellar, L. (eds.) Learning and mobilising for community development: A radical tradition of community based education and training, Ashgate, Surrey, UK, pp.69-80.

Lyons, K., Scrinis, G., & Whelan, J. (2012) ‘Nanotechnology, Agriculture and Food’, in Donald Macluran and Natalia Radywyl (Eds), Nanotechnology and Global Sustainability, Taylor and Francis, London.

Whelan, J (2011) ‘Climate activism and transformation’, in David Wright, Catherine Camden-Pratt, Stuart Hill (eds) Social Ecology: Applying Ecological Understanding to our Lives and our Planet, Hawthorn Press, Stroud UK.

Whelan, J. (2007) ‘Community action, engagement and conflict’, A Nelson (ed.) Steering Sustainability in an Urbanising World; policy practice and performance, Ashgate, London, pp. 139-152.

Whelan, J. (2007) ‘Community decision-making and empowerment’, in Regina Souter (ed) Building the Bridges: Seven years of Australian coastal cooperative research, Coastal CRC, pp.129-135.

Oliver, P. & Whelan, J. (2006) ‘The place, limits and practice of collaboration: Lessons from regionalisation and community participation in Coastal natural resource management’, in N.Lazarow, R.Souter, R.Fearon and S.Dovers (eds) Coastal Management in Australia: Key institutional and governance issues for coastal natural resource management and planning, Coastal CRC, Brisbane, Australia, pp.69-78.

Whelan, J. (2005) ‘A Hard Road to Learn: learning from failed social action’, in J.Crowther, V.Galloway & I.Martin (eds) Popular Education: Engaging the Academy, NIACE, Leicester, UK, pp.157-168.

Whelan, J. (2002) ‘Smogbusters in Queensland’, in K.Phillips (ed) Local Heroes: Australian crusades from the environmental frontline, Pluto Press, Sydney, pp.20-40.

Journal articles

Whelan, J. (2012) ‘Community climate action’, Social Alternatives.

Lyons, K. & Whelan, J. (2010) ‘Community engagement to facilitate, legitimise and accelerate the advancement of nanotechnologies in Australia’, NanoEthics, vol. 4, Issue 1, pp. 53-66.

Flowers, R., Guevara, R. & Whelan, J. (2009) ‘Popular and informal environmental education – The need for more research in an ”emerging” field of practice’, Report (German Adult Education journal).

Whelan, J. (2005) ‘Popular education for the environment: Building interest in the educational dimension of social action’, Australian Journal of Environmental Education, vol. 21, pp.51-62.

Whelan, J. & Lyons, K. (2005) ‘Community Engagement or Community Action: Choosing Not to Play the Game’, Journal of Environmental Politics, 14(5), pp.596-610.

Whelan, J.& Oliver, P. (2005) Regional Community-Based Planning: the Challenge of Collaborative Environmental GovernanceAustralasian Journal of Environmental Management, 12(3) pp.126-135.

Whelan, J. & La Rocca, S. (2004) ‘Not Waiting for a Rainy Day: Professional Development to Promote Informed and Engaged Catchment Communities’, Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 3(4) pp.239-247.

Whelan, J. (2002) ‘Community Organising By the Book: A Critical Appraisal of the Midwest Academy Community Organiser Training Program’, Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 1(2) pp.115-122.

Whelan, J. (2000) ‘Learning to Save the World: Observations of training for effective advocacy in the Australian Environment Movement’, Convergence, 33(3) pp.62-74.

Refereed Conference Papers

Whelan, J. (2005) ‘Six reasons not to engage: confrontation, compromise and the commons’, Conference Proceedings, International Conference on Engaging Communities, jointly sponsored by the United Nations and the Queensland Government, Edited by D.Gardner and K.Scott.

Whelan, J. & Lyons, K. (2004) Rethinking deliberative governance: dissecting the Queensland landclearing campaign, Conference Proceedings, Ecopolitics VX.

Whelan, J. & La Rocca , S. (2004) ‘Persistent activists: strategies to sustain long-term environmental activism’, Conference Proceedings, Ecopolitics VX.

Whelan, J. (2003) ‘Are academics irrelevant? Case studies of collaborative research with community-based environmental advocates, Proceedings, Inside Out Conference ‘Charting Uncertainty: Capital, Community and Citizenship’, July 2003, Ipswich.

Non-refereed conference papers

Whelan, J. (2006) ‘Community Decision-making and Empowerment: Findings from Six Years of Citizen Science Research’, Coast to Coast National Conference Melbourne.

Whelan, J. & Oliver, P. (2003), ‘Insiders and Outsiders: Participatory decision-making and environmental advocac’y, International Riversymposium Conference Proceedings.

Whelan, J. (2004) ‘Reformers, Reactionaries and Reinvention’, New Forms of Activism Seminar, University of Technology Sydney, 12/3/04.

Whelan, J. (2001) ‘Powerful Voices: Learning to Speak out for the Environment’, Conference Proceedings, Biennial Conference on Communication and Environment, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, 27-30/7/01.

Other publications

Oakley, J., Dean, Anni & Whelan, J. 2013, ‘Campaigning to stop the fourth coal terminal in Newcastle’, Chain Reaction, Issue 117, Friends of the Earth, pp.24-25.

Dean, A. & Whelan, J. 2012, ‘Sick of Coal: Community attitudes toward a fourth coal terminal in Newcastle’, Hunter Community Environment Centre.

Mackenzie, J., Nolan, S. & Whelan, J. 2009, ‘Collaborative Water Planning: Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Public Participation, Volume 5. Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge Project, Griffith University.

Whelan et al 2009, Proposal for a TRaINING Package for agencies, industries and community groups in best-practice water planning processes. Report to the Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge Program.

Whelan, J., Mackenzie, J. & Oliver, P. (2006) NRM Incentives Platform: Incentives to shape natural resource management practices in peri-urban landscapes.

Mackenzie, J., Whelan, J. & Oliver, P. (2006) Reconnecting Fragmented Landscapes: A Scoping Study on Natural Resource and Environmental Management in the Peri-Urban Landscapes of South East Queensland.

Whelan, J. (2006) Program Evaluation of the 2004–2006 Social, Research, Development and Extension (SE03) Scheme, Coastal CRC, Brisbane.

Whelan, J. (2006) Community Action for Sustainability, Spinifex, Queensland Conservation Council, p.6.

Whelan, J. & La Rocca (2006) ‘Campaigning to Win’, EnvironmentNSW, Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales, pp.12-13.

Whelan, J. & Oliver, P. (2006) ‘The place, limits and practice of collaboration: lessons from case studies in community participation in natural resource management’, Technical Report 56, Coastal CRC.

Whelan, J. & Lyons, K. (2005) ‘Strategic Environmental Campaigning: Reflections on the Queensland Landclearing VIctory’, Chain Reaction, pp.11-13.

Whelan, J. & La Rocca, S. (2005) ‘Education action supporting environment groups’, Report for the nature Conservation Council of New South Wales.

Oliver, P., Whelan, J. & Mackenzie, J. (2005) Bridges and barriers to collaborative natural resource management in South East Queensland. Coastal Technical Report 19, Cooperative Research Centre for Coastal Zone, Estuary and Waterway Management.

Whelan, J. (2005) ‘Environmental democracy up for grabs: a cross-roads for the Australian environment?’, Ecopolitics XVI Conference Proceedings, Griffith University.

Whelan, J. & La Rocca, S. (2005) ‘Mobilising community action for green peace in the Australia Pacific Region’, Report to Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

Oliver, P. & Whelan, J. (2004) ‘Regional Community-based planning: the challenge of participatory environmental governance’, Technical Report 44, Cooperative Research Centre for Coastal Zone, Estuary and Waterway Management.

La Rocca, S. & Whelan, J. (2004) ‘Environmental Advocacy Online’, Groundswell No.9. Friends of the Earth, Brisbane, p.10.

La Rocca, S., Whelan, A. & Whelan, J. (2003) Tree of hope, Brisbane’s rally against landclearing (mpeg 7mins)

Oliver, P. & Whelan, J. (2003) ‘Regional natural resource governance, collaboration and partnership’, Technical Report, Cooperative Research Centre for Coastal Zone, Estuary and Waterway Management.

La Rocca, S. & Whelan, J. (2002) ‘We All Use Water: promoting involved and informed communities’, Water, 29(4), pp.19-21.

Whelan, J. (2002) ‘Collective action frames: why theorise about how change happens?’, Spinifex, 23(3) p.17.

Whelan, J. (2001) ‘What do universities have to offer the environment movement?’ Spinifex, 22(2).

Whelan, J. (1997) ‘Making connections: Community attitudes to transport-related air pollution in metropolitan Brisbane’, Queensland Conservation Council, Brisbane.

What are people saying about us?

Nick Aberle

Nick Aberle, Environment Victoria

Learning the theory and engaging with such practical implementation in such depth will definitely make me a more effective and successful campaigner and organiser. I’m looking forward to practicing my new skills in being more rigorous, thinking more strategically, and communicating more effectively. The strength of the bonds formed within the group has already strengthened the climate movement in Australia.
2014-05-10T21:42:00+00:00
Nick Aberle
Learning the theory and engaging with such practical implementation in such depth will definitely make me a more effective and successful campaigner and organiser. I’m looking forward to practicing my new skills in being more rigorous, thinking more strategically, and communicating more effectively. The strength of the bonds formed within the group has already strengthened...
chrishenderson

Chris Henderson, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

I want to seriously thank you for the huge contribution I believe you're contributing to the peace/activist community, not only in Brisbane but also nationally and undoubtedly beyond. Profound. For starters, the resources on your website, they are so good and I'll continue to use them with our WILPF branch, and to spread info about them more widely. For WILPF Qld, the MAP workshop and resources have seriously contributed to the transformation of our branch, helping to focus and get into action in relation to the nuclear cycle, in conjunction with many other organisations that have joined the Qld Nuclear Free Alliance. And maybe will have effect way beyond that.
2014-03-30T07:44:52+00:00
chrishenderson
I want to seriously thank you for the huge contribution I believe you’re contributing to the peace/activist community, not only in Brisbane but also nationally and undoubtedly beyond. Profound. For starters, the resources on your website, they are so good and I’ll continue to use them with our WILPF branch, and to spread info about...
Jane Stabb

Jane Stabb, Community Organiser, Environment Victoria

The Community Organising Fellowship workshop was extraordinarily impactful for me. I had a chance to investigate the theory behind effective organising and campaigning tools that I can use in my practice every day but very rarely interrogate or reflect on.  I found new frameworks and structures that will improve my practice so much. I had the space and place to interrogate my campaign with the assistance of masters!  And I was given the opportunity to build relationships with leaders in my field, to be supported in my thinking by them and to support them by sharing our practice and experiences... 100% pure gold.
2014-05-23T16:45:53+00:00
Jane Stabb
The Community Organising Fellowship workshop was extraordinarily impactful for me. I had a chance to investigate the theory behind effective organising and campaigning tools that I can use in my practice every day but very rarely interrogate or reflect on.  I found new frameworks and structures that will improve my practice so much. I had...
cherry

Cherry Muddle, Australian Marine Conservation Society

The Community Organising Fellowship has rooted in me a deeper sense of belonging to an intentional, international movement to create the positive changes we wish to see in society, environment, culture and climate. The program delivery is varied, fluid and always interesting. The strengths and highlights for me include learning through shared experience and critical analysis. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed forging strong connections and bonds between fellow organisers, facilitators and guest speakers.
2015-03-17T21:02:16+00:00
cherry
The Community Organising Fellowship has rooted in me a deeper sense of belonging to an intentional, international movement to create the positive changes we wish to see in society, environment, culture and climate. The program delivery is varied, fluid and always interesting. The strengths and highlights for me include learning through shared experience and critical...
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Peter Callender, Quit Coal



Like many campaigning groups, we are constantly grappling with capacity issues, a lack of funding/resources, burnout and how to best manage volunteers. While it's early days, the fellowship is already having significant flow on effects to the rest of the Quit Coal collective and the lessons we are learning are both effective and reinvigorating!


2014-04-16T22:34:36+00:00
quitcoal
Like many campaigning groups, we are constantly grappling with capacity issues, a lack of funding/resources, burnout and how to best manage volunteers. While it’s early days, the fellowship is already having significant flow on effects to the rest of the Quit Coal collective and the lessons we are learning are both effective and reinvigorating!
Julie Lyford

Julie Lyford, Groundswell Gloucester

Such a long fight. Without you and the Change Agency we would be floundering. Thank you so much for your energy, passion, wisdom and guidance and for all that you do in changing the world.
2016-09-30T13:24:47+00:00
Julie Lyford
Such a long fight. Without you and the Change Agency we would be floundering. Thank you so much for your energy, passion, wisdom and guidance and for all that you do in changing the world.
hayley

Hayley Troupe, 350.org organiser

The community organising fellowship has expanded my theoretical and practical knowledge of how and why to organise. Through the Fellowship I have so far gained new skills to lead strategic, collaborative and powerful university divestment campaigns. I have learnt so much from the well-structured workshops and the inspiring sharing of experiences. I look forward to sharing my experiences and learnings with others involved in the university divestment movement.
2015-03-17T19:29:30+00:00
hayley
The community organising fellowship has expanded my theoretical and practical knowledge of how and why to organise. Through the Fellowship I have so far gained new skills to lead strategic, collaborative and powerful university divestment campaigns. I have learnt so much from the well-structured workshops and the inspiring sharing of experiences. I look forward to...
alexandra

Alexandra Soderlund, Solar Citizens

The fellowship has managed to achieve that elusive duo of being both a broadening and deepening experience - complete with delicious food. Learning as much from the incredible and diverse participants as the amazing facilitators, the ten days of the first workshop have flown by. I feel like I’ve come a long way as an organiser (and dare I say a person?!) already, I’m excited and a little bit scared to see where I end up. 
2015-03-17T20:59:30+00:00
alexandra
The fellowship has managed to achieve that elusive duo of being both a broadening and deepening experience – complete with delicious food. Learning as much from the incredible and diverse participants as the amazing facilitators, the ten days of the first workshop have flown by. I feel like I’ve come a long way as an...
josh

Josh Creaser, Frontline Projects Coordinator, 350.org

Most campaigners would probably shudder at the thought of spending ten whole days away from the frantic world of actions and meetings, to invest time in their own reflection and learning. The Community Organising Fellowship forces you to do just that – and what a gift and opportunity that time becomes.

 The Fellowship is a unique combination of ingredients. Time for pause and reflection. Discussion with leading thinkers. Connections to a wide array of campaigns. Guidance from experienced and caring facilitators. Bonds formed with 25 inspiring campaigners from across the country.

 These ingredients are brought together with carefully crafted methods. Thought-provoking stories. Challenging questions. Developing crucial skills. Applying new methods and tools. Preparing new plans for real world projects. 

 The result? Ten days that couldn’t have been better spent for someone that is looking to challenge their assumptions, deepen their understanding of why we organise in communities and feel ready to go forward with greater focus and vigour in their work.
2015-03-17T20:56:37+00:00
josh
Most campaigners would probably shudder at the thought of spending ten whole days away from the frantic world of actions and meetings, to invest time in their own reflection and learning. The Community Organising Fellowship forces you to do just that – and what a gift and opportunity that time becomes.  The Fellowship is a...
Cate-Faehrmann

Cate Faehrmann, Director, Nature Conservation Council NSW, 2005

We did a two-day workshop with The Change Agency early this year which provided our organisation with some much-needed tools for strategic campaigning and planning. There was nothing but positive feedback from our staff and board members about what they gained from the two days spent with James and Sam. The power mapping exercise was particularly insightful for staff and board members alike and as a result our campaigns are more pro-active - we are seeing results!
2014-03-30T07:51:49+00:00
Cate-Faehrmann
We did a two-day workshop with The Change Agency early this year which provided our organisation with some much-needed tools for strategic campaigning and planning. There was nothing but positive feedback from our staff and board members about what they gained from the two days spent with James and Sam. The power mapping exercise was...