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Raoul Mortley

Level 4, Building 1a, Faculty of Society & Design, Bond University

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Professional biography

Professor Raoul Mortley AO was formerly Vice Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, and also of Bond University. 

For a period he was Dean of the Faculty in 2002, retiring in 2018.  He has worked for the Commonwealth Government, the World Bank/IFC, and has also worked in nine universities in Australia as a consultant. 

Professor Mortley has been Chair of the NSW Vice-Chancellor's Committee, Chair of the Australian Education office in Washington, Chair of the AV-CC Intellectual Property & Copyright Committee, and Chair of the Professional Standards Board for Trade Marks and Patent Attorneys. He was educated at the University of Sydney, Monash University and the University of Strasbourg, & has spent substantial periods as Researcher and Director of Research in the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris.

Professor Mortley's scholarly work is in philosophy & the history of ideas, some of which is available on the Bond University Research Portal at Bond University. Some of his work is available on Kindle. He taught in the Collège de France as Visiting International Professor in 2000 & also was appointed Visiting Professor in the Sorbonne in 2003, lecturing in the area of Greek Philosophy. His book "Plotinus: Self & the World" appeared with Cambridge University Press in November 2013.

He is presently working on self-knowledge, narcissism, and also the idea of the future. He is Chairman of an Engineering company Spee3D, and is a board member of Innovation and Science Australia. He is at present conducting a review of the Patent System of the Commonwealth Government, involving particularly the Innovation Patent. 

Professional appointments

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor - Bond University
  • Professor of Historical Philosophy - Bond University


  • Doctorat ès lettres University of Strasbourg
  • Doctorat du troisieme cycle University of Strasbourg
  • Master of Arts Monash University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) University of Sydney
  • Honorary Doctorate of the University The University of Newcastle

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