Professor Mark Moran


Institute for Social Science Research
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 52594


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.

Research Interests

  • The science of development practice
  • Decentralised governance and public finance reform
  • Complex adaptive systems
  • Measuring the effectiveness of development assistance
  • Home ownership and social housing on communal title land
  • Village water, sanitation, roads and appropriate technology


  • B Civil Engineering (Honours), Queensland University of Technology
  • PhD in Geography and Planning, The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2017) Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Simpson Reeves, Laura and Moran, Mark (2016). Assessing the impact of public finances on the PNG-Australia borderland. In: Australasian Aid and International Development Conference, Canberra, ACT, Australia, (). 10-11 February 2016.

  • Habibis, Daphne, Memmott, Paul, Phillips, Rhonda and Moran, Mark (2012). Conditionality, recognition and Indigenous housing policy in Australia. In: Deirdre Howard-Wagner, Daphne Habibis and Theresa Petray, Theorising Indigenous Sociology: Australian Perspectives Workshop Proceedings. Theorising Indigenous Sociology: Australian Perspectives Workshop, Sydney, Australia, (1-12). 19-20 July 2012.

  • Memmott, P. C., Moran, M. F., Long, S., Stacy, R. and Holt, J. (2001). Home ownership for Indigenous people living on community title land in Queensland. In: Proceedings of National Housing Conference 2001: Our Homes, Our Communities, Our Future. unknown, Brisbane, (1-11). 24-26 Oct, 2001.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision

  • (2017) Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors: