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Dr Jill Bamforth

Lecturer, Management


Dr Bamforth is Academic Director for Work Integrated Learning in the Faculty of Business and Law where she works with academics and industry to support students’ successful transition into work.  Jill enjoys working at the interface of academic theory/knowledge and real world experience.  She draws upon 20 years of experience in business consulting, business development and teaching to develop, deliver and convene first and final year undergraduate and postgraduate business units for domestic and international multimodal delivery. In 2019 Jill was part of a team awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellent Award (Higher Education) for the development and implementation of a Student and Industry responsive model for Work Integrated Learning. 

Jill’s research explores how individuals and businesses can proactively and positively respond to complex environments.  Her research interests include entrepreneurship, digital identity, change and risk management and stakeholder engagement. She is an Associate of the Smart Cities Research Institute in the Future Spaces for Living research area where she leads a project investigating how to safeguard digital identities in a smart city using emerging self-sovereign identity technology. 

Within the community Jill is proud to be an active Reference Group Member for the charity WomenCan which links communities of women to TAFE based vocational training and employment opportunities to build their financial autonomy. She was instrumental in shepherding WomenCan's early formation in 2019 to the realisation of two viable trading entitites - a charity ( and a social enterprise ( 

Research interests

Entrepreneurship; Student transitional issues; management; financial capability

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

How entrepreneurs and their firms navigate industry changes: An industry goes through periods of growth and contraction. For entrepreneurs and their firms to survive these changes, they must learn to adapt and develop resilience. How do they do this and what can governments do to support this process

How entrepreneurs and their firms utilise networks for learning and growth: Changes arising from industry cycles demand shifts in organisational behaviour if the organisation is to survive. What role do networks play in learning and growth through these changing periods.

Fields of Research

  • Business Systems In Context - 350300
  • Marketing - 350600

Teaching areas

business;Change management;Leadership


  • 2019, Swinburne, Vice Chancellors Teaching Excellent Award (Higher Education), Swinburne University
  • 2014, Swinburne, Honourary mention, Vice Chancellors Teaching Excellent Award, Swinburne University
  • 2010, Other, Early career research award, HERDSA
  • 2006, Swinburne, Vice Chancellors Internationalisation award, Swinburne University

Professional memberships

  • 2019 (current): Board Member, Women Can, Australia
  • 2012 (current): Member, Academy of Management, United States
  • 2012 (current): Reviewer, Academy of Management, United States


Also published as: Bamforth, Jill; Bamforth, J.; Bamforth, Catherine; Bamforth, C.; Bamforth, Catherine J.; Bamforth, Catherine Jill; Marshall, C. J.; Marshall, Catherine J.; Marshall, Jill
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2019: Digital Wallets: The impacts, implications and issues *; 460degrees_PT

* Chief Investigator

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