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Dr Michael Moran

Senior Lecturer, Social Impact


Dr Michael Moran is a senior lecturer at Swinburne’s Centre for Social Impact (CSI) and National Education Director for CSI, a collaboration between UNSW, the University of Western Australia and Swinburne University of Technology.

His research uses a combination of institutional theories from policy and organisational studies to advance understanding of how social enterprises, charities and other not for profits access resources to support their social missions. This includes traditional resource acquisition such as grants from charitable trusts and philanthropists and contracts for service delivery by governments.

In recent years he has established his position as one of Australia’s leading researchers in the field of social finance and impact investment – or resource transactions where investors may receive a return on investments that generate social and environmental impact. He has particular expertise on blended/layered transactions that bring together loans and equity with grants to finance not for profits and social enterprises; social impact bonds, pay for performance contracts for service delivery financed by governments and private investors to support social programs, and hybrid legal structures, where organisations combine not for profit and for-profit structures to access different types of capital.

He examines both the public policy and regulatory context and the organisational and interorganisational implications of these resource relationships for Australian society.  Throughout his career Dr Moran has worked closely with the not for profit sector, government and industry in advancing this research program and regularly plays an advisory role.

Before completing his PhD and joining academia he was a research analyst (corporate governance) for a leading sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings agency and also worked in policy advocacy in the development NGO sector. He received his PhD in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Melbourne. An edited version of his thesis was published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis) in 2014 (paperback 2017).

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 Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Policy And Administration - 440700
  • Business Systems In Context - 350300

Teaching areas

Social impact


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

Further information



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

  • 2022: Social Enterprise: Building Blocks for Capital *; Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
  • 2021: Evaluation of the Homes Victoria Rental Relief Grant *; Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
  • 2021: White Box Evaluation II *; White Box Enterprises
  • 2020: An Experiential Approach to Philanthropy Education *; Equity Trustees
  • 2020: Impact Measurement Framework Support *; Philanthropy Australia
  • 2020: Informing the Victorian Social Enterprise Ecosystem *; Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
  • 2020: Landscape mapping and assessment of social startup support and apex bodies in Australia *; The Paul Ramsay Foundation
  • 2020: Mapping the Terrain: Policy Coordination and Housing Outcomes during the COVID-19 Crisis *; AHURI 2020 NHRP Rapid Research Round - Covid-19
  • 2018: Promoting Financial Resilience in Australia - Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) *; University of New South Wales
  • 2017: Co-designing social enterprise legal models in Australia: a user-centered approach *; Centre for Social Impact Swinburne - Internal contributions
  • 2016: The opportunities, risks and possibilities of social impact investment for housing and homelessness *; AHURI National Housing Research Program - Research Projects
  • 2014: Understanding network qualities and workforce implications of collaborative governance *; Australia New Zealand School of Government
  • 2013: Access, Recognition and Representation: Philanthropy and Aging in a Multicultural Society *; Lord Mayor's Charitable Fund (LMCF)
  • 2013: The Philanthropy Education Project (Stage One) *; Museum for Australian Democracy at Eureka
  • 2013: To evaluate and report on the experience of grant applicants in relation to LMCF grant processes *; Lord Mayor's Charitable Fund (LMCF)
  • 2012: Corporate social investment in the Australian food and beverage sector: a preliminary review *; The Pratt Foundation
  • 2010: Desktop research review *; The Thomas Foundation

* Chief Investigator

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