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Associate Professor Dean Lusher

ARC Future Fellow
PhD, University of Melbourne, Australia; Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia


Associate Professor Dean Lusher is a social network analyst with expertise in the application of statistical models for social networks (specifically, in exponential random graph models; ERGM). His work focuses primarily on various applications of these models to networked innovation, as well as organisational culture.

Research interests

Innovation; Social network analysis; Networked innovation

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Coordinating Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Networked innovation: How do social networks influence innovation performance? The role of networks is crucial in understanding how the complex social enterprise of innovation is implemented, managed and delivers a successful commercial outcome. This can involve not only networks between people but also between organisations.

Fields of Research

  • Business And Management - 150300

Teaching areas

Social network analysis


  • 2013, National, ARC Future Fellowship, Australian Research Council
  • 2011, International, i2 Citation Award (Most cited paper in an INSNA publication for preceding 5 years), International Network of Social Network Analysis (INSNA)
  • 2010, National, ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow Industry (APDI), Australian Research Council

Further information


Also published as: Lusher, Dean; Lusher, D.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2016: Networked innovation in an Australian SME: Positive and negative ties, leadership & performance *; Vitality Brands
  • 2016: Services System Network Analysis *; Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania
  • 2015: Collaborative Design Best Practice: A pilot study examining trust, culture and geographic distance in multi-unit country design projects *; Boeing Australia Ltd
  • 2014: Food System Innovation for Food Security Phase 2 *; CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Research Fund
  • 2014: Participation versus performance: managing (dis)ability, gender and cultural diversity in junior sport *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2014: Tracking Infrastructure for Social Media Analysis (TrISMA) *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Scheme - For funding commencing in 2014
  • 2013: Complex Ties: Investigating the Role of Networks in the Commercialisation of Public Research *; ARC Future Fellowships
  • 2011: Assessing the Australian Footballs Leagues Racial and Religious Vilification Laws to promote Community Harmony, Multiculturalism and Reconciliation *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2010: Bushfires, social connectedness and mental health *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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