Carolyn M. Evans

PhD candidate, UNSW

Carolyn M Evans CSC is currently a PhD candidate at the Law Faculty of the University of New South Wales (UNSW Law). The topic of her thesis is 'Being accountable: Why, to whom and for what should the United Nations Security Council owe, and own, accountability under international law?' Her research looks to bridge the substantial governance gap between accepted norms of legal responsibility on the one hand, and practical realities of signal lapses in accountable decision making on the other.

Carolyn spent over 15 years of her early career as a Supply Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force - starting out as a microeconomist and along the way being awarded a fully funded Defence Fellowship to undertake a year of research on certain decision making models. Her contributions to Defence logistics were recognised by the award of a Conspicuous Service Cross in the 1994 Australia Day Honours List.

Joining Qantas in late 1994, Carolyn took responsibility for all revenue and traffic forecasts in the prospectus for the initial public offering of shares. Later, after leading change management projects, she became the first head of the emerging eCommerce area - then encompassing design, development, litigation and commercial management - as well as heading up the global web project team for the oneworld™ alliance.

Since then, professional life in the commercial world has included over a decade running ThinkEvans Pty Ltd, a boutique management consultancy characterised by an interdisciplinary approach. In recent years, Carolyn has worked most specifically on issues of governance and processes of decision making, advising boards and chief executives in organisations subject to various jurisdictions including canon law.

While pursuing her PhD research full time, on an opportunity basis Carolyn continues her work with ThinkEvans and on other research projects.


  • 2010 
    University of New South Wales, Master of Legal Studies
  • 1988 
    RMIT, Master of Business Administration
  • 1987 
    University of South Australia, Graduate Diploma in Operations Research
  • 1982 
    University of Southern Queensland, Bachelor of Business (Distinction)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    PhD research
    Funding Source:
    Australian Postgraduate Award


Conspicuous Service Cross (Australia Day Honours List 1994)