Chair of Development Effectiveness, The University of Queensland

Professor Mark Moran is the author of Serious Whitefella Stuff: When solutions became the problem in Indigenous affairs. He leads the Development Effectiveness group, Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland. His career spans academia, not-for-profit organisations, government and consultancy work. Mark has a unique background of technical and social science research with a degree in civil engineering and a PhD in geography and planning. He has worked in Indigenous communities in Australia, Bolivia, USA and Canada, and in developing communities in Lesotho, China, East Timor and PNG. His areas of technical experience include local governance, home ownership, participatory planning, appropriate technology, and rural infrastructure. 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 and The Australian.


  • 2013–present
    Chair professor, University of Queensland


  • 2006 
    University of Queensland, PhD Geography and Planning


Churchill Fellow