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Professor Robyn Eversole

Deputy Director, Centre for Social Impact Swinburne


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.

Fields of Research

  • Anthropology Of Development - 160101
  • Urban And Regional Studies (excl. Planning) - 160404
  • Entrepreneurship - 150304


  • 2019, Swinburne, o Research Impact Award – First Place Team, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2019, National, Centre for Social impact National Best Paper Award (with tebrakunna Country and Emma Lee) , Centre for Social Impact National
  • 2018, Swinburne, o 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.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2020: Understanding the Impacts of COVID-19 for Regional Victoria: Research Briefs *; Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
  • 2019: Social Cohesion Project *; City of Whittlesea
  • 2019: Strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems in regional Tasmania *; Cradle Coast Authority
  • 2018: Enterprising Rural Women - North West Tasmania *; Collier Charitable Trust
  • 2017: 2017 Visiting Fellowships Scheme - Dr. Evelyn del Valle Colino *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions
  • 2017: ASEAN Enterprising Rural Women project *; Good Shepherd
  • 2017: Community Investment Best Practice Benchmarking *; Rio Tinto
  • 2017: Intensification of beef cattle production in upland cropping systems in North West Vietnam *; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Fund Scheme
  • 2017: Maximising Effective Social Investment for Traditional Owner Trusts *; Rio Tinto
  • 2017: Social Enterprise Impact Lab *; Lord Mayor's Charitable Fund (LMCF)

* Chief Investigator

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