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?

manny

Manny Pasqualini, Community Power Agency

One highlight for me is the focus on relational organising; the importance of taking the time to really get to know the people you work with. The deeper the relationship, the better it stands up to testing times and the sweeter it feels when your movement achieves success.

 The diversity present within this year’s cohort is another major highlight for me. To be able to spend this time learning and practicing day in and day out with people from right across the country and right across the breadth of the climate action movement has been an honour. To share this time and space with two wonderfully inspiring indigenous Australians has filled a gap in my education until now and opened up a real sense of belonging to an Australia that I want to be a part of.
2015-03-17T21:10:26+00:00
manny
One highlight for me is the focus on relational organising; the importance of taking the time to really get to know the people you work with. The deeper the relationship, the better it stands up to testing times and the sweeter it feels when your movement achieves success.  The diversity present within this year’s cohort...
dave & gemma

Dave Muhly, Sierra Club

What began at Pittwater as a collection of skilled campaigners became a cadre of skilled organizers by the final day at Baden Powell. On Sunday evening as we gathered, I overheard one participant chatting with another at a picnic table and heard, "challenge, choice, outcome" as part of her conversation. Another commented at the final circle at how what had seemed like such a large group at Pittwater now seemed like a much smaller group, reflective of how closely this group had bonded as a team despite their vast differences in geography or organizational size or style, but based on a common goal and identity. Concepts like "building teams" and "building relationships" were part of the normal parlance and just a cursory review of the evaluations to date show an increased appreciation for and attention to leadership development and strategic planning. A number of participants reminded me of my off-the-cuff set of definitions about the differences between mobilizing, campaigning and community organising (focusing on local power), and one told me she has it on the wall of her office to inspire her every day. This has been the successful launch of an ambitious and visionary program. Many thanks to James and Kate for their vision, wisdom, and care in developing and nurturing the curriculum and the cohort. Kudos!

2014-09-15T10:27:41+00:00
dave & gemma
What began at Pittwater as a collection of skilled campaigners became a cadre of skilled organizers by the final day at Baden Powell. On Sunday evening as we gathered, I overheard one participant chatting with another at a picnic table and heard, “challenge, choice, outcome” as part of her conversation. Another commented at the final...
Stu Bowen

Stu Bowen, Environmental Manager (Australia & New Zealand) Patagonia International Inc.

James has helped me better appreciate my unique set of values and understand what inspires me to action, which is a great tool to recognise other stakeholder’s values and what motivates them to action. This growth allows me to communicate far more effectively with all my stakeholders, so we can all achieve greater positive environmental and social change.

 
2015-04-29T18:23:01+00:00
Stu Bowen
James has helped me better appreciate my unique set of values and understand what inspires me to action, which is a great tool to recognise other stakeholder’s values and what motivates them to action. This growth allows me to communicate far more effectively with all my stakeholders, so we can all achieve greater positive environmental...
leigh

Leigh Ewbank, Yes2Renewables coordinator

Usually, organisers learn in the heat of battle – through trial and error, stress, and necessity. The Community Organising Fellowship has provided a rare opportunity to step off the campaign trail, slow down, and do some deep learning. The suite of tools explored in the program will influence my practice for years to come.

 By creating a ‘community of practice’ of organisers, those behind the fellowship have shown strategic leadership. The relationships the program has cultivated (within the cohort and between alumni) will pay dividends. 
2015-03-17T20:58:10+00:00
leigh
Usually, organisers learn in the heat of battle – through trial and error, stress, and necessity. The Community Organising Fellowship has provided a rare opportunity to step off the campaign trail, slow down, and do some deep learning. The suite of tools explored in the program will influence my practice for years to come.  By...
jason

Jason Lyddieth, Greenpeace

There are many learnings, skills, and tools I am keen to take back to my work to empower my teams and improve our campaigns. The people and the vibe at the trainings were amazing and truly inspiring. I feel a deep sense of gratitude to have been able to attend and privileged to be a recipient of such great learnings and in the company of such amazing people.
2014-05-10T21:48:34+00:00
jason
There are many learnings, skills, and tools I am keen to take back to my work to empower my teams and improve our campaigns. The people and the vibe at the trainings were amazing and truly inspiring. I feel a deep sense of gratitude to have been able to attend and privileged to be a...
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...
Claire O'Rourke

Claire O’Rourke, National Director, Solar Citizens

The fellowship has helped me further develop the skills and strategic thinking necessary to ensure that we deliver sound policy by working in partnership with our supporters and volunteers in communities across Australia.

Organising helps to build relationships and skills both within and between communities and the fellowship follows the same approach. The fellowship is essential for organisations that are working to build power within communities or considering making the leap into this work. 
2015-03-17T21:03:10+00:00
Claire O'Rourke
The fellowship has helped me further develop the skills and strategic thinking necessary to ensure that we deliver sound policy by working in partnership with our supporters and volunteers in communities across Australia. Organising helps to build relationships and skills both within and between communities and the fellowship follows the same approach. The fellowship is...
Naomi Hodgson

Naomi Hodgson, community organiser, NW NSW

I can emphatically endorse the value of this time to build skills and awareness in strategic thinking and in specific and practical community organising tools. I am sure that with concerted application of the course content I will become a significantly more confident and effective organiser. Furthermore, the value of the relationships that have been forged among the cohort offer great potential for future collaboration and support to help build a more coordinated, cooperative and powerful environment movement in Australia.
2015-03-17T20:49:16+00:00
Naomi Hodgson
I can emphatically endorse the value of this time to build skills and awareness in strategic thinking and in specific and practical community organising tools. I am sure that with concerted application of the course content I will become a significantly more confident and effective organiser. Furthermore, the value of the relationships that have been...
Chloe_A

Chloe Aldenhoven, Victorian Lock the Gate Coordinator

A packed program of skills, stories and discussions to figure out how to build the place of community development in our campaigns. So important to draw on the experience and wisdom of past campaigns and seasoned campaigners.  But not only that, an amazing opportunity to learn with and from the cohort of campaigners from across the country who between them have decades of organising experience.  Skills, conversations and connections that are going to be essential to us building a movement to achieve climate justice in Australia.
2015-03-17T19:27:44+00:00
Chloe_A
A packed program of skills, stories and discussions to figure out how to build the place of community development in our campaigns. So important to draw on the experience and wisdom of past campaigns and seasoned campaigners.  But not only that, an amazing opportunity to learn with and from the cohort of campaigners from across...
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.
2017-03-28T12:18:24+00:00
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...