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Delvin Varghese is a Lecturer within Action Lab in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. His research focuses on the design of technologies for nonprofits and community organizations to support community voice and inclusion.

Often relying on co-design and participatory methods, Delvin works with government bodies and nonprofits both in Australia and overseas, to design more equitable digital processes for community development. International collaborations include work with Oxfam, Caritas Nepal, and Red Cross societies (e.g. Indonesia, Namibia, Egypt, Honduras etc.). He has conducted fieldwork and worked on projects in countries in Asia, Africa, South America, Europe and Australia.

Within Australia, he has active partnerships with nonprofits that work with marginalised communities and state government bodies such as Victoria’s Department for Premier and Cabinet (DPC) and Department for Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH).

He is a recognised digital community engagement practitioner and serves on various board roles, such as being an Advisory Committee member for Burnet Institute’s flagship project Victorian Online Initiative for Community Engagement (VOICE). He’s also a steering group member for the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Community of Practice (MEL COP).

His research has been published at the leading venues within his discipline of Human-centred computing, such as ACM CHI, ACM CSCW, ACM DIS and WWW. He was Virtual Chair for the ACM COMPASS 2020 conference and is a regular program committee member for COMPASS and reviewer for conferences such as DIS, CHI and CSCW. He’s also an HCI Track editor for COMPASS’ new journal.

Delvin’s PhD research at Newcastle University, UK (Digital Media & Community Voice Designing for Community Participation in Training and Monitoring & Evaluation) resulted in the creation of the Indaba toolkit ( for community media, a groundbreaking process for community-led video creation within international development work. Indaba is now part of the M&E toolkit of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the 192 countries in which they operate.

Research interests

Delvin researches the design of technologies that address one or more of the following:

  • community organisations and nonprofits serving marginalised populations in Australia and in International development contexts
  • Design Thinking and Participatory Approaches to addressing challenges in community engagement
  • Informal learning and Organisational Training within nonprofits with limited resources