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Prof Mark Moran

WATR7002 - Water, sustainability and development

Prof Mark MoranProfessor in Development Effectiveness, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland


My research focus is the science of adaptive development practice – understanding its capabilities, conditions, frameworks and accountabilities.

My policy focus is systems that enable effective practice and sustainable development outcomes. I work to facilitate learning exchanges between international development overseas and Indigenous development in Australia, with a focus on intractably disadvantaged and politically complex contexts.

Mark Moran is a Professor in Development Effectiveness at the Institute for Social Science Research (UQ) and joined the Master of Integrated Water Management teaching team in 2014.

Mark Moran is also closely affiliated with the Aboriginal Environment Research Centre. His career spans across academia, nonprofits, government and consultancy.

He 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 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.




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

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


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