Matt Murphy


Associate Professor, Sustainability & Strategy, School of Business, UVic

My name is Matt Murphy and I am grateful to live and work, as an uninvited guest, on the WSÁNEĆ and lək̓ʷəŋən territories. I am originally from Comanche and Kiowa territories in what is known today as Texas, but as an adult I have primarily lived, worked and studied in Europe and Canada.

Prior to returning to university in my late 30s, I worked internationally in the financial services industry before becoming active in the trade justice movement (an anti-colonial effort) and co-founding a social enterprise called Proudly Made in Africa. Currently, I work as an Associate Professor at the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria, where I teach courses on business & sustainability, and social entrepreneurship. For the past 12+ years, my research has focused on issues related to cross-sector collaboration, Indigenous rights and self-determination, and sustainable community development. Since moving to Canada to begin work at the University of Victoria in 2012, it has been an honour to work with First Nations partners supporting their work related to sustainable community development – particularly in the co-development and implementation of decision support and impact evaluation systems grounded in Indigenous values, laws and knowledge.

I am excited to join the Living Lab team and to support its efforts toward ecological restoration, decolonization, land-based learning and resurgence.