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Professor Robyn Eversole

Adjunct Professor


Professor Robyn Eversole studies regional development in Australia, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific. Her work explores policies and practices of development as they play out in real-world settings, and the roles that local communities and their institutions play in creating socio-economic change. She uses insights from anthropology and other disciplines to address practical issues and understand how to create sustainable development from the ground up.

The author of Knowledge Partnering for Community Development (Routledge, 2015), Regional Development in Australia: Being Regional (Routledge, 2016) and most recently, Anthropology for Development: From Theory to Practice (Routledge, 2018), Robyn brings together development theory and practice to create new tools and approaches for people-centred development practice. She has published extensively on participatory development, poverty, community engagement, development governance, local economic development and social enterprise.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Community Driven Development in Peripheral Regions: I am interested in hearing from prospective PhD candidates with on-the-ground experience working with communities and regions on socio-economic development issues. I am interested in project proposals where there is potential to use anthropological approaches to shed light on development policy issues and/or the nature of local actions to improve lives and livlihoods.


  • 2020, National, Tasmanian Women in Agriculture Development Award, Tasmanian Women in Agriculture (TWiA)
  • 2020, National, Finalist, Rural Women's Award Tasmania, Agrifutures Australia
  • 2019, Swinburne, Research Impact Award - First Place Team, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2019, International, IDR Interdisciplinary Research Fund Award, Highly Commended Research, Emerald Publishing, IDR Awards
  • 2019, National, Centre for Social impact National Best Paper Award (with tebrakunna Country and Emma Lee) , Centre for Social Impact National
  • 2018, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Award - Highly Commended Research team, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2016, International, Margaret Mead Public Anthropology Competition , SAPIENS and Allegra Lab
  • 2010, Other, University of Tasmania Rising Star Award , University of Tasmania
  • 2010, Other, University of Tasmania Community Engagement Award , University of Tasmania
  • 2006, Other, Publications Award, RMIT University , RMIT University
  • 1998, International, Appalachian Medallion , University of Charleston
  • 1994, International, US Fulbright Fellowship , United States Department of State, Fulbright Scholars Program


Also published as: Eversole, Robyn; Eversole, R.; Eversole, Robyn H.; Eversole, Robyn Harbert
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Roadmap for a Regional Agri-Food Knowledge Cluster in North West Tasmania *; Future Drought Fund: Drought Resilience Innovation Grants Program
  • 2021: ADEs as a pathway to open employment for young people with disability. Implementation of the Work Integrated Social Enterprise (WISE) model *; Department of Social Services
  • 2021: Creating Pathways for Women’s Leadership in Future Agri-Food Industries *; Department of Communities Tasmania
  • 2021: Embedding Intercultural Cities in Australasia *; European Commission
  • 2021: RFQ: Preventing Financial Abuse of Women – Safety by Design *; Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • 2021: Social Enterprise Strategy for Hume City - Phase 1 *; Hume City Council - Research Contract
  • 2021: Studying Regionally: Experiences of Local University Students on Regional Campuses (ECU South West Campus) *; Edith Cowan University
  • 2021: Studying Regionally: Experiences of Local University Students on Regional Campuses *; Spencer Foundation
  • 2020: Cradle Coast Regional Futures Plan Evaluation *; Cradle Coast Authority
  • 2020: Understanding the Impacts of COVID-19 for Regional Victoria: Research Briefs *; Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
  • 2020: Understanding the Value and Impact of the Working for Victoria Initiative *; Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Fund Scheme
  • 2020: Unlocking Potential for Indigenous Women’s Entrepreneurship, Economic Empowerment and Leadership *; Menzies Foundation Partnerships
  • 2019: Social Cohesion Project *; City of Whittlesea
  • 2019: Strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems in regional Tasmania *; Cradle Coast Authority
  • 2017: 2017 Visiting Fellowships Scheme - Dr. Evelyn del Valle Colino *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions

* Chief Investigator