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.

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Jess Kirby, GetUp! organiser

The Change Agency fellowship has been a completely transformative experience for all of us. I’ve met 22 of the most diverse, interesting organisers and campaigners in the country, and been trained by more than a dozen experts on everything from critical pathways, to the history of the environment movement in Australia, to NationBuilder best practice. I can’t recommend this program highly enough.  
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2015-03-17T20:50:52+11:00
The Change Agency fellowship has been a completely transformative experience for all of us. I’ve met 22 of the most diverse, interesting organisers and campaigners in the country, and been trained by more than a dozen experts on everything from critical pathways, to the history of the environment movement in Australia, to NationBuilder best practice. I can’t recommend this program highly enough.  
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Chris Rose, Author of ‘How to Win Campaigns’

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2014-03-30T08:05:33+11:00
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They (tCA) really are movement makers... the Aussie inheritors of Alinsky.

Alana West, Quit Coal organiser

The fellowship has equipped me with a deeper understanding of what community organising is, and how it can best be applied. Through my learnings I have been challenged to move from tactics-based campaigning to more strategic, long-term campaigning. I understand better where my campaign and my community fit into the incredible tapestry that is the environment and climate movement in Australia.
The Change Agency
2015-03-17T21:00:54+11:00
The fellowship has equipped me with a deeper understanding of what community organising is, and how it can best be applied. Through my learnings I have been challenged to move from tactics-based campaigning to more strategic, long-term campaigning. I understand better where my campaign and my community fit into the incredible tapestry that is the environment and climate movement in Australia.
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John Hepburn, Outreach Manager, Greenpeace Australia Pacific

When you stop learning, you stop growing. For social movements and organisations to grow and develop, they need to learn from their successes and failures. The Change Agency have played a key role in helping Greenpeace to do this, to reflect on our work, to focus on what is effective, and to map out some exciting new strategic directions. They've supported our staff and volunteers with some great practical training on campaign strategy, and, of course, they've been a joy to work with.
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2014-03-30T07:35:05+11:00
John Hepburn
When you stop learning, you stop growing. For social movements and organisations to grow and develop, they need to learn from their successes and failures. The Change Agency have played a key role in helping Greenpeace to do this, to reflect on our work, to focus on what is effective, and to map out some exciting new strategic directions. They've supported our staff and volunteers with some great practical training on campaign strategy, and, of course, they've been a joy to work with.

Toni Walkington, Secretary, Community Public Sector Union, WA

The Change Agency Campaign Workshop in Perth was a tremendous opportunity to learn skills and techniques to assist our campaigning work. I came away with a set of skills and techniques that are easily applied to our work. We often tackle big issues and are up against well resourced opponents. The tools I learnt at the campaign workshop means developing our campaign strategies is easier and we work in a structured way with clear objectives. Since participating in the workshop I have used many of the tools, particularly the critical path analysis – it’s really made a great difference!
The Change Agency
2014-03-30T07:45:45+11:00
The Change Agency Campaign Workshop in Perth was a tremendous opportunity to learn skills and techniques to assist our campaigning work. I came away with a set of skills and techniques that are easily applied to our work. We often tackle big issues and are up against well resourced opponents. The tools I learnt at the campaign workshop means developing our campaign strategies is easier and we work in a structured way with clear objectives. Since participating in the workshop I have used many of the tools, particularly the critical path analysis – it’s really made a great difference!
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Josey Sharrad, International Fund for Animal Welfare

The Change Agency facilitated our two day intensive strategy workshop to bring together animal welfare and rescue groups from across Australia to set up a National Koala Alliance. James and Taya's facilitation of the workshop was absolutely brilliant and everyone came away with renewed enthusiasm and determination. James' extensive campaigning experience and strategic thinking provided invaluable guidance to this newly- formed alliance and we will continue to tap into his wealth of strategic advice as we go forward to protect koalas. Thank you!

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2014-08-18T14:37:24+10:00
nka
The Change Agency facilitated our two day intensive strategy workshop to bring together animal welfare and rescue groups from across Australia to set up a National Koala Alliance. James and Taya's facilitation of the workshop was absolutely brilliant and everyone came away with renewed enthusiasm and determination. James' extensive campaigning experience and strategic thinking provided invaluable guidance to this newly- formed alliance and we will continue to tap into his wealth of strategic advice as we go forward to protect koalas. Thank you!
John Edye

John Edye, March 2017

James and Fee... Thank you for your inspiring leadership, commitment and engagement. You are epic facilitators, and the first workshop was one of the best training experiences I have ever attended. I feel very privileged to be a participant and am looking forward to the next three. Experiencing such a high level of training and working with so many young, intelligent and professional organisers left me feeling a bit overwhelmed by my lack of experience but very optimistic about the future challenges we face, instead of the rather bleak and jaundiced view I came with. Thank you for your compassion and thoughtfulness and the incredible resources that were on our seats on the first day. It was and will be an incredible learning experience.
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2017-03-28T12:18:24+11:00
John Edye
James and Fee... Thank you for your inspiring leadership, commitment and engagement. You are epic facilitators, and the first workshop was one of the best training experiences I have ever attended. I feel very privileged to be a participant and am looking forward to the next three. Experiencing such a high level of training and working with so many young, intelligent and professional organisers left me feeling a bit overwhelmed by my lack of experience but very optimistic about the future challenges we face, instead of the rather bleak and jaundiced view I came with. Thank you for your compassion and thoughtfulness and the incredible resources that were on our seats on the first day. It was and will be an incredible learning experience.
Shani Tager

Shani Tager, Friends of the Earth

The fellowship has been really useful in helping me become more disciplined in the strategic planning process and able to clearly communicate why we’re doing what we’re doing. The facilitation team have been fantastic and having theory drawn out from our own experiences and then immediately applied to our campaigns means I’ll be returning to my team with a solid analysis of how we can be more effective.
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2014-05-10T21:52:42+10:00
Shani Tager
The fellowship has been really useful in helping me become more disciplined in the strategic planning process and able to clearly communicate why we’re doing what we’re doing. The facilitation team have been fantastic and having theory drawn out from our own experiences and then immediately applied to our campaigns means I’ll be returning to my team with a solid analysis of how we can be more effective.

Govind Maksay, MarketForces organiser

Workshop sessions are extremely well structured, with small group work, personal reflection time and larger group discussions included throughout. This approach allows all participants to contribute and caters for different learning styles and personalities.

In addition to the formal learning, the personal relationships I have formed with other participants and the facilitators will be extremely important to help me become a more effective and confident campaigner. Without hesitation I would recommend the Fellowship to other campaigners.
The Change Agency
2015-03-17T19:34:58+11:00
Workshop sessions are extremely well structured, with small group work, personal reflection time and larger group discussions included throughout. This approach allows all participants to contribute and caters for different learning styles and personalities. In addition to the formal learning, the personal relationships I have formed with other participants and the facilitators will be extremely important to help me become a more effective and confident campaigner. Without hesitation I would recommend the Fellowship to other campaigners.

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!


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2014-04-16T22:34:36+10:00
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!
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