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Dr Peter Hancock

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5804, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO4.105
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5804  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.105  


Peter is a Senior Lecturer in Social Science within the School of Psychology and Social Science.

Current Teaching

  • CSV3111 - Community Development
  • CSV3114 - Social Research and Program Evaluation


  • 1980-1983 NSW Fire Brigade (Fire-fighter)
  • 1984-1993 Truck Driver/Labourer
  • 1998-2000 Lecturer Deakin University – International Development Studies
  • 2000-Present Senior Lecturer Edith Cowan University – Social Sciences

Awards and Recognition

  • 1995 Graduated with ‘Distinction’ BA Social Science
  • 1996 Graduated with First Class Honors

Research Areas and Interests

  • Anthropology
  • Community development
  • Gender and development
  • Program evaluation
  • International development
  • Sociology and social policy
  • Gender and empowerment in Export Processing Zones in developing nations
  • Social program evaluation

Staff Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts Honours, Curtin University of Technology .
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University .


Recent Research Grants

  • The Other Side of Formal Employment: Women who have returned to their villages after Export Processing Zone Employment in Sri Lanka.,  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,  AusAID - Australian Development Research Awards,  2013 - 2015,  $540,393.
  • Gender, Status and Empowerment: A study among women who work in Sri Lanka's Export Processing Zones (EPZs),  AusAID,  Grant,  2007 - 2011,  $94,550.
  • Evaluation of the City of Stirling Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Youth, Sport and Leisure Project,  Department of Sport and Recreation WA,  Grant,  2007 - 2009,  $46,933.
  • Evaluation of the Integrated Services Centre (ISC) Pilot Project,  Office of Multicultural Interests WA,  Grant,  2007 - 2009,  $32,124.
  • Evaluation of the same sex domestic abuse group training program,  Same Sex Domestic Abuse Group Incorporated,  Grant,  2006 - 2008,  $4,454.
  • Research of Participation in Organised Sport and Recreation by People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) Backgrounds,  Department of Sport and Recreation WA,  Grant,  2008,  $29,270.
  • Young People's Participation in Communities (Indicators and Performance Measures) - Scoping Study,  National Youth Affairs Research Scheme,  Grant,  2006 - 2007,  $20,000.
  • Leadership, Cohesion and Action,  Peel South West Division of General Practice,  Grant,  2003 - 2006,  $112,961.
  • Evaluation of the Australian Red Cross Commonwealth Carer Respite Centres Older Carers Program,  Australian Red Cross WA,  Grant,  2005,  $961.
  • Evaluation of the Care Respite Centres Managed by the Australian Red Cross.,  Australian Red Cross WA,  Grant,  2003,  $9,090.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Adusei-Asante, K., Hancock, P., Oliveira , M., (2015), Gender Mainstreaming and Women?s Roles in Development Projects: A Research Case Study from Ghana. Advances in Gender Research, London.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Hancock, P., (2015), Impact Assessment and Official Development Assistance: Ethnographic Research of the World Bank?s Community-Based Rural Development Projects in Ghana. Impact Assessment in Official Development Assistance, London.

Journal Articles

  • Adusei-Asante, K., Hancock, P., (2015), Does Deference Enable Elite Capture? Evidence from a World Bank Community-Based Project in Ghana.  Rangsit Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities.
  • Absuelo, R., Hancock, P., (2015), Employability and Weak Ties Theory: An empirical study of Philippine Graduates in the United States. Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, 51(2), The Philipinnes.
  • Hancock, P., Georgiou, J., Carastathis, G., Oliveira, M., (2015), The Use of Language to Disempower: Two related studies of women in Sri Lanka. Journal of Developing Societies, India.
  • Hancock, P., Carastathis, G., Georgiou, J., Oliveira, M., (2015), Female Textile and Garment Workers in Sri Lankan Export Processing Zones (EPZs): Gender Dimensions and Working Conditions in an Export-Oriented Economy. Sri Lankan Journal of Social Science, 38(1), SRI LANKA.
  • Hancock, P., Middleton, S., (2015), Global Measures of Gender Empowerment: A Case Study of Sri Lankan Export Processing Zone (EPZ) Workers. Journal of Globalisation Studies, 6(2), 58-73, Russia, DOI: none.
  • Hancock, P., Carastathis, G., Georgiou, J., Adibi, H., (2015), Influences of Education on Gender and Status: A Study of Sri Lankan Export Processing Zone Workers.  International Journal of Gender Studies in Developing Societies, 1(2), United States.
  • Hancock, P., Carastathis, G., Georgiou, J., Soares Oliveira, MW., (2014), Women's economic empowerment and formal income:Sri Lankan Export Processing Zones (EPZs) and theirimpact on gender perceptions of empowerment. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift, online(online), 1-10, London, DOI: 10.1080/00291951.2014.965740.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Hancock, P., (2013), When Empowerment disempowers: A case study of Ghana's community based rural development projects. Ghana Journal of Development Studies, 9(2), 43-62, Ghana, DOI: 10.4314/gjds.v9i2.3.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Hancock, P., (2012), Theories in Community?Driven Development Operations: A Case Study of Ghana Local Government System. European Journal of Business and Social Sciences, 1(5), 83-98.
  • Hancock, P., Edirisinghe, I., (2012), Inclusion and Empowerment of Export Processing Zone Women in Sri Lanka: Stakeholders Perceptions and Perspectives. Labour and management in development, 13(2012), 1-20, Canberra.
  • Hancock, P., Middleton, S., Moore, J., (2012), Gender, globalisation and empowerment, a study of women who work in Sri Lanka's Export Processing Zones. Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation, 6(1), 131-146, London.
  • Hancock, P., Moore, J., Middleton, S., (2011), A Quantitative Study of Women in Sri Lanka?s Export Processing Zones: Capital accumulation and Social Investment. Labour and management in development, 12(1), 17p..

Conference Publications

  • Adusei-Asante, K., Hancock, P., (2015), Delivering International Development Aid in a Context-Relevant Sub Saharan Africa: A Study of the World Bank?s Community-Based Projects in Ghana. Twenty-first Century Tensions and Transformations, Deakin University, Melbourne.
  • Moore, J., Hancock, P., Middleton, S., (2010), Contributions to Sri Lanka?s development trajectory: economic contributions, empowerment and social inclusion among women workers in export processing zones. TASA 2010 Conference Proceedings: Social Causes, Private Lives, 11p, Sydney, Australia.

Creative Works

  • Hancock, P., Parker, I., Middleton, S., Moore, J., Edirisinghe, I., (2011), Re-thinking Gender, Empowerment and Equity - Policy Brief., Perth, Western Australia.
  • Hancock, P., Middleton, S., Moore, J., Edirisinghe, I., (2011), Gender, Status and Empowerment: A study among women who work in Sri Lanka?s Export Processing Zones (EPZs) - Final report., Sri Lanka.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Employability Of Philippine College And University Graduates In The United States.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Towards Aid Effectiveness: Contested Theories And Concepts: A Case Study Of Ghana's Community-based Rural Development Project.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Exploring The Benefits Of Attracting, Recruiting And Retaining Mature Age Employees Up To And Beyond The Traditional Age Of Retirement: Perspectives From Western Australia..
  • Master of Social Science,  The Political Origins And Development Of Australia's People Smuggling Legislation: Evil Smugglers Or Extreme Rhetoric.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Literacy For Livelihoods: A Case Study Of The Impact Of Formal And Informal Literacy Programs In The Nangi Village, Rural Nepal.

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Speaking In Thai, Dreaming In Isan: Thai Television And Emerging Identities Of Lao Isan Youth Living In Northeast Thailand.
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