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Acting Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Law

Professor Jenni Lightowlers has been Dean of the Deakin Law School since 2017 and previously served on the University Council and as Deakin’s Deputy Chancellor. Jenni is a highly regarded advisor to universities in Australia and the South Pacific on research commercialisation and governance. A leading lawyer in life sciences and commercialisation of IP, she is a founding partner of the technology law firm, Francis Abourizk Lightowlers.

We teach, research and collaborate across many fields of expertise, aiming to benefit individuals and communities, organisations and industries. Our scholars are passionate about teaching and research, and are keen to engage with partners on projects that will create a positive impact.

Professor Jenni Lightowlers

Acting Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Law

Our people

Key contacts

Professor Jenni Lightowlers, Acting Executive Dean Business and Law

Professor Amanda Pyman, Dean, Deakin Business School

Professor Marilyn McMahon, Acting Dean, Deakin Law School

Professor Colin Higgins, Associate Dean, International and Partnerships

Associate Professor Kerrie Bridson, Associate Dean, Quality Standards and Accreditation

Associate Professor Joshua Newton, Associate Dean, Research

Dr Christine Contessotto, Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning

Associate Professor Nichola Robertson, Director, Faculty Higher Degrees Research (HRD)

Dr Joseph Griffin, Course Director, MBA

Dr Wade Halvorson, Work Integrated Learning

Professor Ingrid Nielsen, Professorial Research Fellow

Dr Wayne Read, Work Integrated Learning

Dr Wendy Webber, Director Student Experience

General contacts

Bernadette Paes-Lawry, Executive Assistant to the Executive Dean

Office of the Director

Departments and schools

Professor Colin Higgins, Head of Department, Management

Professor Anne Wyatt, Head of Department, Accounting

Professor Rajeev Sharma, Head of Department, Information Systems and Business Analytics

Professor Mehmet Ulubasoglu, Head of Department, Economics

Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Polonsky, Head of Department, Marketing

Professor Xiangkang Yin, Head of Department, Finance



Centre for Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Business
Professor Hind Benbya, Director

Centre for Disaster Resilience and Economic Recovery Education
Professor Mehmet Ulubasoglu, Director

Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training and Education (CREATE)
Dr Karen Dunwoodie, Director

Deakin Integrated Reporting Centre
Professor Peter Carey, Research Director

IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre 
Professor George Tanewski, Director


Arts & Creative Industries Research and Engagement (ACiRE)
Professor Hilary Glow, Director

Better Consumption Lab 
Associate Professor Josh Newton, Director

Deakin MarTech Clinic 
Associate Professor Ali Tamaddoni, Director

Deakin MarTech Clinic
Professor Andre Bonfrer, Director

Impact Finance Hub
Dr Emma Li, Director

Leadership Futures Hub
Associate Professor Jeff Shao, Director

Leadership Futures Hub
Dr Yuen Lam Bavik, Director

Women's Entrepreneurship Research Alliance
Dr Andrea North-Samardzic, Director

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