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Mark Moran

Non-Resident Fellow


Aid effectiveness, governance, public finance management, development policy and practice


Mark Moran is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development. He is a professor of development effectiveness at the Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland. He has an unusual technical and social science background with a degree in civil engineering and a PhD in human geography and planning, and a career that spans academia, nonprofits, government, and consultancy. Moran has practiced in a range of development contexts globally, including in China, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, Bolivia, and Lesotho, and in remote Indigenous communities in Australia. He is experienced in institutional analysis and stakeholder management in complex and politicised contexts. Moran’s research interests are focused on the science of development effectiveness, towards forging new collaborations between social policy 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 popular writing has appeared in the Griffith Review, The Conversation, and The Australian Newspaper. Melbourne University Press published Moran’s book in 2016 titled Serious Whitefella Stuff: When Solutions Became the Problem in Indigenous Affairs. He is the academic lead on an online MicroMasters and the on-campus Masters Program in Leadership in Global Development, where he teaches advanced leadership and management skills for the development sector.

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