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Professor of Development Effectiveness, The University of Queensland

Mark Moran took up the position of Professor in Development Effectiveness at the Institute for Social Science Research in April 2013. He is closely affiliated with the Aboriginal Environment Research Centre. His career spans across academia, nonprofits, government and consultancy.

He is the Academic Lead of Australia's first MicroMasters in Leadership in Global Development, consisting of an innovative entry pathway via fours MOOCs and a Capstone Assessment into an on-campus Masters program. He also teaches a professional development short course, in Advanced Indigenous Development Approaches.

Mark has a unique background of technical and social science research with a degree in civil engineering and a PhD in geography and planning.

Professor Moran has worked in Indigenous and international development contexts, including Aboriginal Australia, Native America, Bolivia, China, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Lesotho. He has broad range of research and practical experience in development, including governance, public finance management, participation, community planning, social housing, water and sanitation. He is an experienced project manager, including institutional analysis and stakeholder management in complex and politicised contexts.

His research interests are focused on the science of development effectiveness, toward forging new collaborations between academia and development practice.

He was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 1997 and a Dean's Commendation for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Thesis in 2006. His writing has appeared in the Griffith Review, The Conversation and The Australian.

Melbourne University Press has recently released his book titled Serious Whitefella Stuff: When Solutions Became the Problem in Indigenous Affairs.


  • 2013–present
    Chair professor, University of Queensland


  • 2006 
    University of Queensland, PhD Geography and Planning


Churchill Fellow