FBL Research invites you to the fifth instalment in our Faculty of Business and Law Journey to Professor series. In this session, three distinguished FBL Professors – Fran Ackermann, Robert Cunningham & Steven Rowley – will share details of their career journeys, with a particular focus on profile building, followed by Q&A.

This is an FBL Research event and has been organised with academics in mind. However, interested professional staff and students are also very welcome.

Lunch will be provided.  Registrations are essential.

About the speakers

Professor Fran Ackermann is a Research Professor in Curtin’s School of Management & Marketing. Her key research interests are in complex project management and systemic risk, and strategy development concentrating on elements of strategy making. Within these areas, she conducts industry-funded research projects and delivers bespoke executive education programs. She is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management Fellow, a senior editor of the journal Decision Support Systems, and a former grant assessor for the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK).

Fran has held positions at Bordeaux Business School, The University of Western Australia, Tillburg University and has strong ties with the University of Minnesota and State University of New York. She is currently an Honorary Professor at the Manchester Business School and Adjunct Professor at Strathclyde Business School.

Professor Robert Cunningham is Dean and Head of the Curtin Law School, barrister within Murray Chambers, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and National Law Lead of the Digital Finance Cooperative Research Centre. Throughout his professional career, he has engaged with the law in his capacity as both a legal practitioner and academic. In his barrister practise within Murray Chambers, he specialises in Federal Court matters with an emphasis on matters such as corporate law, consumer protection, native title and intellectual property. In academia, Robert’s pursuits have mainly focused on how the law interfaces with international trade, ecological sustainability, corporate governance and information governance. He has published numerous academic journal articles and books, as both sole-author and co-author, primarily in the fields of corporate law, intellectual property and international trade law. Robert is the author of Information Environmentalism: a governance framework for intellectual property rights published open access by Edward Elgar. He maintains teaching commitments in Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and World Trade Organisation Law.

Professor Steven Rowley is a Professor of Property in the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance. He has been Director of the Australian Housing Urban Research Institute’s (AHURI) Curtin research centre since 2011 and is a member (and past chair) of the WA Housing Industry Forecasting Group (HIFG). Steven has previously served in a number of leadership roles in the School, including Head of School, Deputy Head of School, Director of Learning and Teaching and Head of Department. Since joining Curtin from the University of Sheffield in 2007, Steven has secured approximately $4m in research income from organisations such as AHURI, the Australian Research Council and industry. He has delivered over 90 publications including industry reports, academic journal articles and AHURI reports. His primary research focus is housing affordability and housing supply and Steven has delivered numerous seminars for industry on these and related topics. He is a prolific media commentator including numerous appearances on TV, local and national radio and within a variety of national print media publications. Steven was the Faculty of Business and Law’s Researcher of the Year in 2020 and he has secured a number of other recent awards across research impact, media engagement and teaching.