Dr Donella Caspersz

Started at UWA: 2001

Exploring family business identity in the information age

I love the ability to engage with people through research and find out curious things about their behaviour. Dr Donella Caspersz

Dr Donella Caspersz is a published researcher, teacher and supervisor at the UWA Business School. She is highly involved in supervising PhD students and focuses on family business, labour migration and employment relations. Originally born in Sri Lanka, Dr Caspersz completed her education in Australia where she was raised. She joined UWA after completing a master’s and PhD in industrial sociology, focusing on why people behave to change their world.

One of Dr Caspersz’s current research projects relates to family business identity and sustainability in the information age. She is collaborating with colleagues from the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, China, Sweden, France and Malaysia, and with a postgraduate student in Pakistan. She believes the work is highly important because it addresses key issues of identity and sustainability of business, people and the wider community.

In addition to her research, Dr Caspersz has adopted a workshop and conversational approach to teaching and supervising PhD students. She has been highly recognised throughout the University and most recently received a Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education Teaching and Service Award for Research Supervision.


  • BAppSc (SW), Curtin
  • GradDipCareerEd, Edith Cowan
  • MIR. PhD, Uni West Aust

External positions:

  • Board Member, International Family Enterprise Research Academy
  • Committee Member, Family Business Australia, WA
  • Western Region Coordinator, Enactus Australia
  • President, Zonta Club of Perth

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Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education Teaching and Service Award for Research Supervision, 2018

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Published in the Family Business Review, ‘Developing Positivity in Family Business Leaders’ and nominated for Best Practice Paper, 2015

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Freedman Fellow (Classical), 2012


Supervisor opportunities

Dr Caspersz has been a research supervisor for more than 10 years, supporting topics such as employment relations, family business and labour migration. She currently has no vacancies for supervision; however, she welcomes prospective researchers with a variety of interests after 2020.

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