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Associate Professor Peter Hancock

Associate Professor

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 an Associate Professor in Social Science within the School of Arts and Humanities.

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
  • 2000-2015 Senior Lecturer Edith Cowan University – Social Sciences
  • 2015-present Associate Professor 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


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 1999.
  • Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours, Curtin University of Technology, 1995.


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 - 2017,  $540,393.
  • Why Women's Economic Empowerment in Asia: Psychosocial and Anthropological Factors?,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $19,953.
  • Gender, Status and Empowerment: A study among women who work in Sri Lanka's Export Processing Zones (EPZs),  AusAID,  Grant,  2007 - 2011,  $129,650.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Evaluation of the same sex domestic abuse group training program,  Same Sex Domestic Abuse Group Incorporated,  Grant,  2006 - 2008,  $4,454.
  • 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., (2015), Impact Assessment and Official Development Assistance: Ethnographic Research of the World Bank?s Community-Based Rural Development Projects in Ghana. Assessing the Impact of Foreign Aid: Value for Money and Aid for Trade, 169-182, Oxford, United Kingdom, Academic Press, DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803660-0.00012-X.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Hancock, P., Soares Oliveira, MW., (2015), Gender Mainstreaming and Women?s Roles in Development Projects: A Research Case Study from Ghana. Advances in Gender Research, 20(12), 177-198, Bingley, UK, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, DOI: 10.1108/S1529-212620150000020019.

Journal Articles

  • Owens, C., Dandy, J., Hancock, P., (2016), Perceptions of pregnancy experiences when using a community-based antenatal service: A qualitative study of refugee and migrant women in Perth, Western Australia. Women and Birth, 29(2), 128-137, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier BV, DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.09.003.
  • Boafo, I., Hancock, P., Gringart, E., (2016), Sources, incidence and effects of non-physical workplace violence against nurses in Ghana. Nursing Open, 3(2), 99-109, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/nop2.4.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Hancock, P., (2016), Does Deference Enable Elite Capture? Evidence from a World Bank Community-Based Project in Ghana. Rangsit Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 3(1), 49-58, RJSH.
  • Absuelo, R., Hancock, P., (2015), Social networks and the employability of Filipinos in the United States. Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, 51(2), 31-71, University of Philipinnes.
  • 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(1), 58-73, Russian Federation, Urchitel Publishing.
  • 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), 157-180, Geneva, Switzerland, Inderscience Publishers.
  • Hancock, P., Carastathis, G., Georgiou, J., Soares Oliveira, MW., (2015), Female workers in textile and garment sectors in Sri Lankan Export Processing Zones (EPZs): gender dimensions and working conditions. Sri Lankan Journal of Social Science, 38(1), 63-77, Colombo, Sri Lanka, National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka, DOI: 10.4038/sljss.v38i1.7386.
  • 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, 68(5), 291-300, London, Routledge, 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, University for Development, DOI: 10.4314/gjds.v9i2.3.

Conference Publications

  • Adusei-Asante, K., Awidi, I., Hancock, P., (2016), Impact Assessment of University Fees Deregulation on Prospective Regional University Students in Western Australia. IAIA16 Conference Proceedings: Resilience and Sustainability, 1-7, Nagoya, Japan, International Association for Impact Assessment.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Hancock, P., (2016), Addressing Aid Externalities: A Study of the World Bank?s Community-Based Projects in Ghana. 21st Century Tensions and Transformations in Africa: The 2015 AFSAAP Annual Conference Proceedings, 1-12, AFSAAP.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Hancock, P., (2016), Measuring Policies with the Social Impact Assessment Framework: Opportunities and Challenges. IAIA16 Conference Proceedings: Resilience and Sustainability, 1-7, International Association for Impact Assessement.

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,  Gender And Nursing In A Developing Country: Workplace Violence, Career Progression, Job Satisfaction And Emigration Intentions Among Ghanaian Nurses.
  • 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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