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Roger Packham

Roger Packham

Roger Packham is an associate professor at the University of Western Sydney, and has been teaching and researching systems thinking and practice for thirty years. He is internationally recognised for his application of systems theory to educational, rural development and organisational situations. While his early work in this field was concentrated in rural environments, he has also been applying his work to the corporate sector of business and industry. At the end of 2003, after a twenty eight year research and teaching career at the University of Western Sydney, he moved into an adjunct associate professor role to allow him more time for consulting work, while continuing to teach Systemic Development at undergraduate and masters levels and to supervise PhD candidates at the university. During his career at the university he held a number or leadership positions, including associate dean, head of department, and head of academic group. His consulting interests include using systems approaches for rural development, for values-based leadership, and the use of systemic development praxis for decision-making with complex issues.

He holds a PhD from the university of Sydney, as well as an honours undergraduate animal science degree, a research masters in agriculture, and a master degree in education. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Systems Studies at the University of Hull and a teacher, a think-tank member and a facilitator at Schumacher College in Devon, England.

Until 2003, Roger Packham was Head of the UNESCO APEID (Asia and the Pacific Program of Educational Innovation for Development) Centre, located within the Centre for Systemic Development at the University of Western Sydney. He has been the leader of a number of development projects, including Technical and Vocational Education on experiential learning in China, India, Thailand, Japan and the Islamic Republic of Iran. From 1992-2003 he led a Strategic Planning/Curriculum Development Project at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India (funded by the Ford Foundation and World Bank), as well as being a team member for a systems curriculum development and review for the University of Natal LINKS project, funded by AUSaid. He has participated in agricultural development projects in Indonesia, The Philippines, Vietnam and the Solomon Islands.

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