Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell


Research School of Management

PhD Candidate
Senior Fellow in the Practice of Management
Phone number
+61 2 612 56870
Room 1105, Copland Bld (24)
Research areas

Management; Innovation management; Regional innovation management; Evidence based management; Indigenous entrepreneurship.


Ben Mitchell is a Senior Fellow in the Practice of Management. He brings a unique blend of public service delivery experience, entrepreneurial success and community leadership to this role. Ben’s research interests are in the field of management, particularly regional innovation management. He is also interested in enterprise development and innovation in regional and remote areas and both impact and pathways towards sustainable regional development. Ben is currently completing his PhD, where he is applying action research and action learning methods to innovation management. Ben is of the Merriam and Mualgal peoples of Eastern and Western Torres Strait Islands and is a 2019 Aurora Scholar.

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Research publications

Lee-Ross, Darren & Mitchell, Benjamin. (2011). Doing Business In The Torres Straits: A Study Of The Relationship Between Culture And The Nature Of Indigenous Entrepreneurs. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship. 12.  

Research engagement and outreach

Having been based in North Queensland much of his career, Ben has relocated to Canberra and is a proud husband of 24 years, father to eight children and was awarded the 2009 North Queensland Father of the Year. Ben also served as Co-Chair and Member of the National NAIDOC Committee 2005 – 2018.