Mark Moran PhD

Mark MoranOffering an unusual combination of practical, research, policy and management skills, in both indigenous and international development settings. First-hand experience of working in Indigenous communities in north Queensland, central Australia and western NSW, and in developing communities in China, Bolivia, Lesotho (Africa), and Timor Leste. Technical expertise in governance, participatory planning, social research, active citizenry, home ownership, appropriate technology and rural infrastructure. Expertise in stakeholder management and sustainable partnerships in complex and often highly politicised contexts, including policy uptake and advocacy campaigns. Experienced in management and business administration. Effectiveness of development programs, including program management, design, monitoring and evaluation.

Specialist expertise

  • Applied multidisciplinary mixed-methods research. Publications in international and high ranking journals. Leadership of interdisciplinary research teams.
  • Management and business administration. Strategic leadership, planning, and personnel and change management toward agreed outcomes.
  • Advocacy and policy uptake. Institutional analysis and strategy to influence policy and secure funding. Complex stakeholder negotiations and risk management, in highly politicised contexts.
  • Development aid effectiveness and public finances management reform. Adaptive design, , monitoring and evaluation, and fit-for-purpose accountability frameworks
  • Governance and active citizenry. Social, political and institutional aspects of governance at local, regional, state and national scales. Organisational planning, capacity building, participatory management and accountability mapping.
  • Home ownership on community title land. Systems that facilitate valuations, financial education, wills, insurance, maintenance, tenure reform, town planning, native title and leasing.
  • Rural infrastructure and appropriate technology. Rural water supply, sanitation and environmental health management. Village roads projects utilising labour intensive methods.
  • Community town and settlement planning. Consideration of land use, housing, infrastructure, tenure, demographics, economics, planning controls, environmental impact and governance.
  • Social research and participatory processes. Focus groups, semi-structured interviews, and household surveys using mixed quantitative and qualitative methods.



  • PhD, Geography and Planning, University of Queensland, 2006
  • Bachelor Civil Engineering (Hons), Queensland Univeristy of Technology, 1983


  • Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Queensland
  • Special Adviser (Domestic Programs), World Vision Australia


  • University of Queensland: Deans Commendation for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Thesis 2006
  • Chongqing Municipal Foreign Advisor Award,┬áChina, 2005
  • Queensland Growing a Smart State PhD Award, 2002
  • University of Queensland: Graduate School Award, 2001
  • Royal Australian Planning Institute: Award of Excellence, Community Planning, 1998
  • Winston Churchill Memorial Trust: Churchill Fellowship, 1997
  • Banyo State High School: Senior Dux, 1979

Organisations with which I am affiliated