Kimberley Groves

Kimberley is a Project Manager and Knowledge & Learning Strategy Lead working with the Coral Reef Ecosystems Lab to deliver outputs related to projects with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) MPA Toolbox & Learning Platform and the Coral Reef Rescue Initiative (CRRI).

Kimberley has a Master degree in Leadership and Global Development from The University of Queensland. Her interests include gender and sustainable development.

Kimberley is also an Associate Lecturer in Global Development Leadership at the UQ Business School. She has worked in research at the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) and in learning design and project management at the Institute of Teaching & Learning Innovation (ITALI) at UQ.

Catherine Coogan West

Catherine is a Project Officer for the Coral Reef Ecosystems Lab. She is working on projects in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) MPA Toolbox & Learning Platform and the Coral Reef Rescue Initiative (CRRI).

Catherine has her Masters in Development Practice from the University of Queensland where she focussed on community-led development around areas of conservation, food security, water and land based rights and WASH programs.

Prior to this Catherine has worked as a research assistant and project officer within the School of Social Science and Institute of Teaching & Learning Innovation at UQ. Catherine also tutors for the School of Social Science in sociology.

Mark Moran

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Professor Mark Moran has a unique background that includes both social science research and applied development projects, in a career spanning academia, non-profits, government and consultancy. His cross-sectoral career is a strength for his current research, which focuses on the science of development effectiveness, toward forging new collaborations between academia and development practice.

His work traverses Indigenous and international development contexts, including Aboriginal Australia, Native America, Bolivia, China, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Lesotho. Additionally, he has comprehensive research and practical experience in complex and politicised development contexts, including project and stakeholder management, governance, public finance management, participation, community planning, social housing, water and sanitation.

Professor Moran actively translates his research and professional experience through innovative teaching at UQ. He is Program Director for the Master of Leadership in Global Development (MLGD), Australia’s only coursework master’s program that combines theory, leadership, management and business acumen. He is also the Academic Lead of Australia’s first MicroMasters® credential. The Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters is an innovative online course series delivered through edX, which forms a core component of the MLGD. He also delivers a professional development short course, Advanced Place-Based Development Approaches, to industry, NGO and government partners.

Among his publications is Serious Whitefella Stuff: When Solutions Became the Problem in Indigenous Affairs, a popular text that applies international development practices to local Indigenous communities in remote Australia, and Too close to ignore: Australia’s borderland with PNG and Indonesia, an exploration of the development context at the borderlands between Papua New Guinea, the Torres Strait, and Indonesia.

He is currently collaborating with WWF on the Coral Reef Rescue Initiative (CRRI), given its strong focus on livelihood development of coastal communities, and their role in local coral reef conservation.

Research Interests

  • The science of development practice
  • Decentralised governance and public finance reform
  • Complex adaptive systems
  • Measuring the effectiveness of development assistance
  • Home ownership and social housing on communal title land
  • Village water, sanitation, roads and appropriate technology
  • Livelihoods of coastal communities, including the use of mobile money


  • B Civil Engineering (Honours), Queensland University of Technology
  • PhD in Geography and Planning, The University of Queensland

Selected Publications


Mark Moran and Jodie Curth-Bibb eds. (2020). Too close to ignore: Australia’s borderland with PNG and Indonesia. Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Melbourne University Press.

Moran, Mark (2016). Serious whitefella stuff: when solutions became the problem in Indigenous affairs. Carlton, Victoria, Australia: Melbourne University Press.

Book Chapter

Moran, Mark, Simpson Reeves, Laura and Wright, Alyson (2018). Complicating dynamics: the challenge of adapting the sustainable livelihoods framework to a remote Indigenous context in Australia. Routledge Handbook of Community Development Research. (pp. 146-160) edited by Lynda Shevellar and Peter Westoby. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315612829-10

Moran, Mark (2016). Closing the gap is proving hard, but by working developmentally we can do better. Ideas for Australia: 10 big issues for election 2016 and beyond. (pp. 102-105) edited by The Conversation. Sydney, NSW, Australia: Future Leaders.

Hutchins T and Moran M (2011). Not another service provider: partnering for sustainability. Annual Program Review 2010. (pp. 13-16) Melbourne, VIC, Australia: World Vision Australia.

Journal Article

Hendrix, Burke A., Delaney, Danielle, Witmer, Richard C., Moran, Mark, Sanders, Will and Ganter, Elizabeth (2019). Building capacity in indigenous governance: Comparing the Australian and American experiences. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 79 (1) 1467-8500.12403, 26-40. doi: 10.1111/1467-8500.12403

Staines, Zoe and Moran, Mark (2019). Complexity and hybrid effects in the delivery and evaluation of youth programs in a remote Indigenous community. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 79 (1) 1467-8500.12371, 3-25. doi: 10.1111/1467-8500.12371

Moran, Mark (2018, 11 23). In the post-APEC scramble to lavish funds on PNG, here’s what the country really needs The Conversation

Moran, Mark (2018). The courage to reform: Fixing the Commonwealth’s Indigenous policies. Griffith Review, 60

Nash, Daphne, Memmott, Paul and Moran, Mark (2017). House rules: a study of conditionality and indigenous social housing tenancies in urban, regional and remote Australia. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 8 (30), 15-19.

Moran, Mark, Porter, Doug and Curth-Bibb, Jodie (2016). The Impact of Funding Modalities on the Performance of Indigenous Organisations. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 75 (3), 359-372. doi: 10.1111/1467-8500.12192

Moran, Mark (2016). The wicked problem of alcohol management. Inside Story

Moran, Mark (2016, 03 04). How community-based innovation can help Australia close the Indigenous gap

Moran, Mark and Corpus, Gemina (2014). Adapting development practice to indigenous contexts. Development Bulletin, 76, 79-83.

Moran, Mark and Porter, Doug (2014). Reinventing the governance of public finances in remote Indigenous Australia. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 73 (1), 115-127. doi: 10.1111/1467-8500.12064

Moran, Mark (2013). Mothers know best: managing grog in Kowanyama. Griffith Review, 1 (40), 196-209.

Moran, Mark and Sullivan, Patrick (2012). The answer to Olga’s question?. On Line Opinion

Moran, Mark and Porter, Doug (2012). Breaking through bureaucracy in Indigenous governance. The Drum

Moran, Mark (2012, 07 06). The 30-year cycle: indigenous policy and the tide of public opinion

Moran, Mark (2012). Bridging the gap of Indigenous development. The Drum

Moran, Mark (2012). A different inequality. The Drum

Moran, Mark, Mcqueen, Kirsti and Szava, Anna (2010). Perceptions of home ownership among Indigenous home owners. Urban Policy and Research, 28 (3), 311-325. doi: 10.1080/08111146.2010.510552

Moran, Mark (2010). The intercultural practice of local governance in an Aboriginal settlement in Australia. Human Organization, 69 (1), 65-74. doi: 10.17730/humo.69.1.84r6r24512846574

Memmott, Paul, Moran, Mark, Birdsall-Jones, Christina, Kreutz, Angela, Godwin, Jenine, Burgess, Anne, Thomson, Linda and Lee Sheppard (2009). Indigenous home ownership on communal title lands. AHURI Final Report, 1-142.

Moran, Mark and Elvin, Ruth (2009). Coping with complexity: Adaptive governance in desert Australia. GeoJournal, 74 (5), 415-428. doi: 10.1007/s10708-008-9240-y

Moran, Mark (2009). On questioning the “viability” of remote Aboriginal settlements. Crikey

Moran, Mark (2009). What job, which house?: Simple solutions to complex problems in indigenous affairs. Australian Review of Public Affairs (Digest), 1-13.

Moran, Mark (2009). Contested governance: Cultural power and institutions in indigenous Australia. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 68 (2), 231-232. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2009.00634_1.x

Memmott, Paul, Birdsall-Jones, Christina, Moran, Mark and Long, Stephen (2009). Indigenous home ownership on communal title lands. AHURI Positioning Paper (112), 1-30.

Conference Publication

Simpson Reeves, Laura and Moran, Mark (2016). Assessing the impact of public finances on the PNG-Australia borderlandAustralasian Aid and International Development Conference, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 10-11 February 2016.

Habibis, Daphne, Memmott, Paul, Phillips, Rhonda and Moran, Mark (2012). Conditionality, recognition and Indigenous housing policy in AustraliaTheorising Indigenous Sociology: Australian Perspectives Workshop, Sydney, Australia, 19-20 July 2012. Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney.

Other Outputs

Moran, Mark (2018, 11 06). Mobile money: An opportunity for development and governance in rural Papua New Guinea Center for Global Development: Commentary and Analysis Blog

Moran, Mark (2016, 07 08). Structures must change to allow Indigenous development SBS

Moran, Mark (2016, 02 06). When solutions become the problems in Indigenous affairs The Sydney Morning Herald

Moran, Mark, Memmott, Paul, Nash, Daphne, Birdsall-Jones, Chris, Fantin, Shaneen, Phillips, Rhonda and Habibis, Daphne (2016). Indigenous lifeworlds, conditionality and housing outcomes. AHRUI Final Report Melbourne, Australia: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

Robb, Kathryn, Moran, Mark, Thom, Victoria and Coburn, Justin (2015). Indigenous governance and mining in Bolivia. Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland: International Mining for Development Centre.

Moran, Mark, Memmott, Paul, Birsdall-Jones, Christina and Nash, Daphne (2014). Case Study Rationale and Location Scoping Study. St Lucia, QLD Australia: AHURI.

Moran, Mark, Porter, Doug and Curth-Bibb, Jodie (2014). Funding Indigenous organisations: improving governance performance through innovations in public finance management in remote Australia. Issues paper (Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (Australia)) Canberra, Australia: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare AIHW.

Habibis, Daphne, Memmott, Paul, Phillips, Rhonda, Go-Sam, Carroll, Keys, Cathy and Moran, Mark (2013). Housing conditionality, Indigenous lifeworlds and policy outcomes: towards a model for culturally responsive housing provision. Melbourne, Australia: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

Shotton, R., Moran, M. , Rees, E. and Guterres, E. (2013). Timor-Leste review of sub-national development spending: study team report: World Bank, Justice for the Poor Program and Government of Timor-Leste, Ministry of Finance.

Moran, Mark and Porter, Doug (2012, 06 09). Fix the system and the rest follows The Australian

Moran, Mark, Robb, Kathryn, Barragan, Maria Christina Mejia, Beltran, Nelson Machicao, Limon, Hugo Arevalo and Balanza, Nayel Afcha (2011). Evaluation Report: Legal Identity and Citizen Rights for Indigenous Women, Children and Adolescents of Bolivia. Brisbane, Australia: World Vision International.

Moran, M. and Cahill, A. (2011). Proposed Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Development Programming. Scoping study to establish design parameters for a suite of tailored training programs. Canberra, ACT, Australia: Australian Government, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Tsarie Duthie

Tsarie is a research and administration assistant for the Coral Reef Ecosystems Lab. She is working on projects in partnership with the Coral Reef Rescue Initiative (CRRI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Prior to this she was a research assistant with the Development Effectiveness group at the Institute for Social Science Research.

Diego F. Correa

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Environmental scientist with interest in sustainable land-use planning, the conservation of biological diversity, habitat restoration, and the understanding of tropical ecosystems functioning. Interest in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and their interrelationships. He aims at applying Geographic Information Systems, spatial prioritization techniques, and ecological knowledge to provide planning solutions that balance socio-economic development with the conservation of biodiversity and the regulation of ecosystem services.

Experience in GIS-based multiple-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) and integer linear programming (ILP), the proposal of ecological connectivity networks, and the development of land-cover classifications based on optical and radar imagery. He holds a PhD degree from the University of Queensland, a specialisation in GIS from the Agustín Codazzi Colombian Geographic Institute, a master’s degree in biological sciences from the Andes University (Colombia), and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Colombian National University.

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Hastings Reef (2015). Photo by: Diego F. Correa
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Mangroves in Cape Tribulation (2018). Photo by: Diego F. Correa

Dr. Rene van der Zande


Rene has been with the CRE Lab since 2014, first as a PhD student and currently as an Honorary Fellow. During his PhD, Rene’s work focused primarily on the ecophysiology of reef-building corals under local (e.g. eutrophication) as well as global (e.g. climate change) stressors. Using both in situ measurements and controlled laboratory experiments, the main objective was to better understand the underlying physiological mechanisms and flexibility that ultimately govern coral health.

Currently, Rene is investigating the physiology of mesophotic corals as part of a collaborative effort between the Coral Reef Ecosystems Laboratory from The University of Queensland, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, and the CARMABI Research Station on Curacao. Mesophotic corals, growing at depths over 40 meters, live in low-light environments that cause them to display altered physiological and metabolic functions compared to their shallow-water counterparts. Using manipulative experiments combined with stable isotope analyses, the aim of this study is to determine the status of the coral-dinoflagellate symbiosis, and to explore alternative mechanisms of energy acquisition by corals adapted to low light conditions.


Research interests

Ecophysiology of reef-building corals
Phenotypic plasticity
Interactive capacity of environmental stressors
Coral calcification
Host-symbiont relationships



Dr. Hawthorne Beyer

Hawthorne Beyer is a post-doctoral research fellow. His research is at the interface between people and the environment, more specifically how biological systems are impacted by humans and the implications of this for management of both environmental and social systems. His applied research promotes evidence-based management using quantitative modelling and operations research methods to develop spatially explicit decision support systems for better managing environmental systems.  He has applied this approach to a variety of environmental management problems including: (i) robust, global-scale coral reef conservation planning in the context of uncertainty arising from climate change; (ii) prescribed fire management planning in Australia to maximise multiple objectives; and (iii) large scale forest restoration planning in Brazil and globally to maximise biodiversity and carbon returns.

Andrés Felipe Suárez-Castro

I am an environmental research scientist, with formal education in ecology and spatial analysis. I have focused on studying the effect of landscape change on biodiversity and natural resources, and the science-policy interface for ecosystem services and biodiversity to inform landscape planning.  Currently, I am using high-resolution spatial data to estimate how land management actions could reduce sediment and nutrient runoff to the ocean and how that could translate to improved water quality on coral reefs.

Carol Phua

Carol Phua is the Global Coral Reef Initiative Manager & the Global MPA Lead for WWF’s Oceans Practice. In her current role, she leads and manages the Coral Reef Rescue Initiative on behalf of the partners (University of Queensland, Rare, Wildlife Conservation Society, Blue Ventures, CARE International, Vulcan Inc and WWF). The Initiative which builds on the work led by the CRE lab (50 Reefs), is led by Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg for the University of Queensalnd.

Ms Carol Phua

Carol has been with WWF for over 16 years, and in that time, she has initiated, set up and managed national, regional and global programmes. She started her WWF career at the European Policy Office working on European marine and fisheries policy, and then moved back to the Netherlands to join WWF Netherlands where she led development of  the WWF Sharks & Rays Initiative and managed the MPA Action Agenda and & MPA Action Group. While with WWF Netherlands she was seconded to WWF Malaysia as Head of Marine and set up the WWF Malaysia Marine Programme. She is also the lead author and editor of the Living Blue Planet Report (link:, the co-author of the Dutch Good Fish Guide (North Sea Foundation) and founder of Ocean Witness. Carol has a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Hons) in Natural Systems & Wildlife Management from the University of Queensland and Master of Science in Fisheries & Aquaculture from Wageningen University.