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Dr Michael Moran

Lecturer in Social Impact


Michael is Lecturer in Social Impact. Prior to taking up this position he was a Research Fellow. He has consulted widely with the philanthropy and non-profit sectors and provided advice to government on social finance and social investment. He completed his PhD which examined the role of private foundations in public-private partnership formation at the University of Melbourne, after having worked as a research analyst (corporate governance) for a leading sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings agency and in policy advocacy in the development NGO sector. An edited version of his PhD was published by Routledge in the Global Institutions series. Michael has also lectured and tutored in public policy, international relations, and political economy at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University.

Research interests

Public Policy; Policy and Administration; Governance; Social enterprise; Social impact; Philanthropy and social investment; International Public Policy

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate.

Fields of Research

  • Business And Management - 150300
  • Policy And Administration - 160500

Teaching areas

Social impact


  • 2007, Select, Australian Post-Graduate Award, Commonwealth of Australia


Also published as: Moran, Michael; Moran, M.; Moran, Michael J.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2016: The opportunities, risks and possibilities of social impact investment for housing and homelessness *; AHURI Research Funding Scheme
  • 2016: Understanding opportunities for social impact investment in the development of affordable housing *; AHURI Research Funding Scheme
  • 2015: Social Enterprise Literature Review *; Dep of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources
  • 2014: Understanding network qualities and workforce implications of collaborative governance *; Australia New Zealand School of Government
  • 2013: The Philanthropy Education Project (Stage One) *; Museum for Australian Democracy at Eureka
  • 2012: Corporate social investment in the Australian food and beverage sector: a preliminary review *; The Pratt Foundation
  • 2011: The big issue classroom: an independent evaluation of effectiveness *; The Big Issue in Australia Ltd
  • 2010: Desktop research review *; The Thomas Foundation

* Chief Investigator

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