Dr Sharon Zivkovic is a scholar-practitioner. She has both practical and academic experience in social entrepreneurship, civic entrepreneurship, commercialisation of research, and systems change.
From 1999 to 2005, Sharon supported community members to develop community capacity building projects and community enterprises while employed by local and state governments on urban regeneration projects in South Australia.
Community Capacity Builders was founded by Sharon in 2005 when Sharon received an Adelaide University Business Initiatives for Graduates Scholarship that enabled her to commercialise the research from her Masters in Entrepreneurship. This research integrated seven unique perspectives for building community capacity.
For her PhD research study, Sharon developed a model to create systemic change based on complexity theory. While undertaking her PhD, Sharon also completed a Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation.
Sharon received a Fresh Scientist award for the model developed during her PhD. This award recognised her work in 'Addressing societies most wicked problems with complexity science'. In 2015, this model was commercialised by Wicked Lab.
Sharon is the Cofounder and Chief Innovation Officer at Wicked Lab which has developed an online Tool for Systemic Change based on the model from Sharon's PhD research. This software assists governments and communities to address wicked problems by mapping, tracking and measuring the transition of ecosystems of initiatives that are addressing the underpinning causal factors of wicked problems in a place. Wicked Lab also delivers a project-based Complex Systems Leadership Program, a case-based Ecosystem Transition Program, and a program that supports the development of Systemic Innovation Labs.
Sharon currently holds a number of academic positions. She is an Adjunct member of the University of South Australia’s Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion; Adjunct Research Associate at University of South Australia Education Futures; Board Member of the University of South Australia Yunus Social Business Centre; and is a Board Member of Emerald Publishing's Impact Advisory Board.
She also Co-Chairs the Catalyst 2030 Social Entrepreneurial Scholar-Practitioner Group.
Dr Sharon Zivkovic