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Professor Dean Lusher

Program Leader, Social Innovation Research Institute
PhD, University of Melbourne, Australia; Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia


Dean Lusher is a Professor of Innovation Studies at Swinburne’s Centre for Transformative Innovation. He is a social network analyst with expertise in statistical models for social networks. His expertise is specifically in the theory and application of exponential random graph models (ERGM), with an applied focus on social and technological innovation, organisational culture and system resilience.

Dean is the Program Leader in the Swinburne Social Innovation Research Institute, and Associate Director of the Centre for Transformative Innovation.

Dean is also a Board Member of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) and an editorial board member for the journal 'Social Networks'.

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 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
  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology - 160808

Teaching areas

Social network analysis


  • 2016, International, Harrison White Book Award, Mathematical Sociology Section, American Sociology Association
  • 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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