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Associate Professor Liz Branigan

Director, Learning and Teaching Innovation
PhD, Australian National University, Australia; Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Latrobe University, Australia


Liz is Director, Learning and Teaching Innovation in the Learning Transformations Unit. Her disciplinary background is in Anthropology and her work spans social science, business & education disciplinary boundaries. She has particular expertise in action research, participatory methodologies, evaluation, & collaborative course and curriculum design. She has utilised these skills in education, human rights, corporate social responsibility, non-profit, family and community studies. She is currently  researching narratives of whole course design, and educational communities of practice.

Prior to this, Liz was Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact and Master of Social Investment and Philanthropy in the Faculty of Business and Law, where she wrote about corporate social responsibility, celebrity endorsement of non-profit causes, and co-designed digital education tools about philanthropy for Australian school children. Liz  joined Swinburne in 2012 following a role as Academic Programs Director at the Australian Centre for Human Rights Education at RMIT University. Prior to her decade in academia she had a significant career in public policy, research and advocacy for the rights of families and children. Liz held a Post-Doctoral fellowship at the Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR) at RMIT. She has been a Senior Researcher at the Australian Institute of Family Studies (2002-2004), Chief Executive Officer at the Council of Single Mothers and their Children Inc. (2004- 2005) and a TAFE Teacher in Community Development at Victoria University.

Research interests

Education; course design narratives; communities of practice

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

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

Fields of Research

  • Corporate Governance And Stakeholder Engagement - 150303
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation And Social Impact Assessment - 160801
  • Social Policy - 160512

Teaching areas



  • 2011, National, Women in Exective Leadership Development, Australian Technology Universities
  • 1995, National, Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian National University
  • 1993, National, Vacation Scholarship, Australian National University


Also published as: Branigan, Liz; Branigan, L.; Branigan, Elizabeth; Branigan, E.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2014: Preliminary evaluation of With One Voice program *; Creativity Australia
  • 2013: The Philanthropy Education Project (Stage One) *; Museum for Australian Democracy at Eureka

* Chief Investigator

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