DR Michelle Evans

DR Michelle Evans


  • 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified (Indigenous entrepreneurship, Indigenous business development)
  • 169902 - Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society (Indigenous arts, Indigenous leadership)
  • 199999 - Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified (Performance methodology, Indigenous methodology,)
  • 200201 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (Indigenous leadership, Indigenous community research)



  • Dr Michelle Evans holds an Associate Professorship in Leadership at the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne, specialising in the areas of Indigenous leadership and entrepreneurship. She is also co-Founder and Program Director of the award winning MURRA Indigenous Business Masterclass Program, based at Melbourne Business School where she completed her PhD. Dr Evans has been awarded three Australian Research Council competitive grants and a Fulbright Scholarship and is widely published in this space. She teaches predominantly at senior executive and postgraduate levels. Prior to academia, Dr Evans was Founder of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the Victorian College of Arts. Together with her research, this provides a unique combination of professional experience in management, community engagement and facilitation in Indigenous leadership and policy development. She has been consulted by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, OECD and other public institutions as well as leading Australian organisations in development of their Reconciliation Action Plans. Dr Evans believes that the path to Indigenous self-determination is economic independence. In addition to establishing MURRA, Dr Evans has also established other initiatives designed to support Indigenous entrepreneurship including Walan Mayingu Indigenous entrepreneurship pop-up Hub, Indigenous Business Month and collaborated on the Native Title Operations and Management Training Program with the National Native Title Council.   


Member of

  • Australian Institute of Human Resources. Certified member (CAHRI) 2014 -
  • International Leadership Association. Academic member 2014 -
  • Academy of Management. Academic member 2013 -
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. Academic member 2012 -
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Appointed member 2007 - 2012


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, Melbourne Business School 2012
  • M.C.A, University of Melbourne 2003
  • Grad.Dip.AM, Victorian College of the Arts 1998
  • BA, Charles Sturt University 1994

Awards and honors

  • Postdoctoral Indigenous Scholarship, Australian-American Fulbright Commission, 2013
  • Inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Award, The University of Melbourne, 2012


Available for supervision

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