Richard Bawden is currently an adjunct professor at Michigan State University, a visiting professor at the Open University in the UK, a Fellow and Director of the Systemic Development Institute (SDI), and a Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Sydney. He has recently retired (August 2007) as a Visiting Distinguished University Professor at Michigan State University: A full-time post he had held since the beginning of 2000. Prior to that appointment he had spent 20 years at Hawkesbury Agricultural College, which was incorporated into the University of Western Sydney (UWS) in 1989. For most of that time he was Dean of Agriculture and Rural Development and was appointed Professor of Systemic Development at the establishment of UWS. After his resignation from the Deanship he was appointed Foundation Director of the Centre for Systemic Development at UWS - a position he held until his retirement from that university in December 1999 at which time he was awarded Professor Emeritus status.
He has been a Visiting Scholar/Professor at the Open University in England, the University of Natal in South Africa, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in India, Silliman University in the Philippines, and Rutgers, Cornell, Michigan State and Minnesota Universities in the USA. He has also been a consultant to systemic development and evaluation projects in more than two dozen countries across five continents, in the process working with such international development agencies as The World Bank, The Asian Development Bank, FAO/UNDP, UNESCO, the Ford, Winrock and Kellogg Development Foundations and the international development agencies of Australia (AusAid) and the United States of America (USAID). He has co-authored 1 book and has published more than 200 journal articles, book chapters, and keynote conference papers. He is a member of the editorial boards of three international journals.
In addition to his academic posts, Richard Bawden is a foundation director of Global Business Network Australia (GBNA) and of the Systemic Development Institute (SDI), and is a senior consultant with the NevilleFreeman Agency (NFA) in Australia. Through these connections he has worked on systemic strategic development initiatives with more than thirty organizations across both private and public sectors within Australia including Warner Lambert Pty Ltd, Pacific Power, the Australian Taxation Office, CSIRO, the South Australian Department of Education, the Victorian Department of Primary Industry, Teaching Australia, and the Australian Business Foundation.
He was appointed to Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2000, in recognition of his national and international work in systemic development.