Zachariah Duke

Zachariah Duke

Zachariah (Zach) Duke is a Project Officer at the Centre for Disability Studies. Zach’s main areas of academic competence include: disability theology; disability studies; inclusive research; and contexts and futures in higher education. He is an active member of several academic and professional associations, including: the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; and the Australian Society for Intellectual Disability; Down Syndrome NSW; and Physical Disability Australia. Zach is a director on the Board of St Lucy’s School (a Catholic primary school which caters for children living with disabilities) and the Delany Foundation (the not-for-profit charity of the Patrician Brothers). Zach was the recipient of the 2017 distinguished alumni award from Holy Cross College, Ryde for his services to disability and higher education. Zach volunteers regularly at St Lucy’s School, St Vincent de Paul and L’Arche Australia, and enjoys reading, travelling, music, street culture, sports and spending time with his family and friends. 


  • BTheol (Hons) (ACU)
  • GradCertDisSt (Flinders)
  • GradCertTertTeach (Curtin)
  • PhD (UON)

Selected Publications and Presentations:

  • “The Story of Jean Vanier: The Journey of Becoming a Witness to God’s Peace,” A Witness to God’s Peace: A Jean Vanier Symposium, Sydney, Australia, 2017.
  •  “Quality assurance in unit design and delivery with sessional academic staff,” Higher Education Compliance and Quality Network Conference, Melbourne, 2016.
  •  “Dissolving Boundaries” – An Analysis of Threshold Concepts in Disability Theology (with Peter Mudge), Journal of Adult Theological Education 13, 2 (2016): 147 – 162.
  •  “Did they read the right signs? Disability in the Catholic Tradition since Vatican II,” Summer Institute of Theology and Disability, Holland, USA, 2016.
  •  “From Inclusion to Belonging: Navigating a Way Forward,” Living Fully 2016: Disability, Culture and Faith – A Celebration, Rome, Italy, 2016.
  •  “A critical analysis of a theology of disability in the Australian Catholic Church: A qualitative study of contemporary inclusive practices,” PhD unpublished thesis, School of Humanities and Social Science, The University of Newcastle, Australia, 2015.
  •  “A Sense of Place: How ethnography and action research can redefine the way we do theology,” Association of Practical Theology in Oceania Conference, Sydney, Australia, 2014.
  •  “Inclusion Demands Real Action! Breaking down the social estrangement: inclusion, empowerment and accessibility for individuals living with a disability,” Broken Bay News. Pennant Hills: Diocese of Broken Bay, 2012.