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Robyn Eversole

Robyn Eversole is Professor, Social Impact at Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia. She is Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology, the world's largest social economy research centre, and Director of its RegionxLink social impact program in North West Tasmania. Robyn is an anthropologist known for her practice-focused research on regional and community development in Latin America and the Asia-Pacific. Her books include Knowledge Partnering for Community Development (2015), Regional Development in Australia: Being Regional (2016), and Anthropology for Development, From Theory to Practice (2018). Much of Robyn’s work is conducted at the interface of universities and communities, and aims to bring multiple knowledges into dialogue to spark innovative responses to social and economic challenges. She holds a PhD in the Anthropology of Development from McGill University, is a former US Fulbright Fellow, and is a current member of the Australian government's Council on Australia–Latin America Relations. She is also the author of the Bush Prof blog on rural regional development and six books for children.


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Research by Robyn Eversole

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Measurement as legitimacy versus legitimacy of measures: Performance evaluation of social enterprise

This paper explores what measures are valued and prioritised by third sector organisations in their performance...

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    Social enterprises in rural community development

    Social enterprises are hybrid organizational forms that combine characteristics of for-profit businesses and community...

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