RDHP Advisory Committee

Malcolm Allbrook

Dr Malcolm Allbrook is a research fellow in the National Centre of Biography, School of History, ANU, and managing editor of the Australian Dictionary of Biography. After working with native title representative bodies in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne, he completed a PhD in history at Griffith University. He joined the ANU in August 2011 as a research associate on Professor Ann McGrath’s ARC project on the history of research at Lake Mungo. The author of Henry Prinsep’s Empire (2014), and co-author of Never Stand Still: Life, Land and Politics in the Kimberley (2013), Carlotta’s Perth (2017), and Barddabardda Wondjenangordee: We’re Telling All Of You: The Creation, History and People of Dambeemangaddee Country 2017), he has authored numerous articles and chapters. With Shino Konishi and Tom Griffiths, he is a chief investigator on the ARC Discovery Project ‘An Indigenous Dictionary of Biography.

Lorina L. Barker

Lorina Barker is a descendant of the Wangkumara and Muruwari people from northwest NSW, Adnyamathanha (Flinders Rangers SA), the Kooma and Kunja (southwest QLD), and the Kurnu-Baarkandji (northwest NSW). Lorina is an oral historian and filmmaker and teaches modern Australian history, Oral history and Local and Community History. Lorina uses multimedia as part of her multimedia projects to transfer knowledge, history, stories and culture to the next generations in mediums that they use and are familiar with, such as film, short stories, poetry and music. She wrote and directed the short film documentary, Tibooburra: My Grandmother’s Country.

Alison Bashford

Alison Bashford is Director of the New Earth Histories Research Program at the University of New South Wales. Previously she was Vere Harmsworth Professor of History at the University of Cambridge. She is author most recently of two books on population, Global Population: history, geopolitics and life on earth (Columbia University Press, 2014) and The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus (Princeton University Press, 2016, with Joyce E. Chaplin). Bashford is currently writing a book on the Huxley family of natural historians and biologists, including their investigations into deep human pasts and distant futures.

Valerie Cooms

Valerie Cooms belongs to the Nunukul people of Minjerribah or North Stradbroke Island.  Valerie is currently the Chair of the Quandamooka Yoolooburabee Registered Native Title Body Corporate.  Valerie is also a Director with Minjerribah Camping and is currently an Indigenous Research Fellow at the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland. Valerie was previously CEO of Queensland South Native Title Services and Member of the National Native Title Tribunal. Valerie holds a PhD from Australian National University and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University.  Valerie is undertaking post-doctoral research in relation to examining Commonwealth policies from the late 1960s to the early 1990s.

Emma Kowal

Emma Kowal is Professor of Anthropology at the Alfred Deakin Institute and Convener of the Science and Society Network at Deakin University. She is a cultural anthropologist who previously worked as a medical doctor and public health researcher in Indigenous health. Much of her work is at the intersection of science and technology studies, postcolonial studies and indigenous studies. Her publications include the monograph Trapped in the Gap: Doing Good in Indigenous Australia and the collection (co-edited with Joanna Radin) Cryopolitics: Frozen Life in a Melting World. Her current book project is entitled Haunting Biology: Science and Indigeneity in Australia.

Jane Lydon

Jane Lydon is the Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at the University of Western Australia. Her research centres upon Australia’s colonial past and its legacies in the present. She began her career as an archaeologist, and her eight-year research project in collaboration with the Aboriginal community at Ebenezer Mission in north-western Victoria was published as Fantastic Dreaming: the archaeology of an Australian Aboriginal mission (AltaMira Press, 2009). Since then she has worked as a historian interested in the ways that popular and especially visual culture has shaped ideas and debates about race, identity and rights.

Lynette Russell

Lynette Russell is Professor of Indigenous Studies (History) at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, at Monash University.  Her work is deeply interdisciplinary and collaborative, and her research outputs are focused on showing the dynamism of Aboriginal responses to colonialism, their agency and subjectivity. She is Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage; a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. She is the immediate Past President of the Australian Historical Association and the author or editor of fifteen monographs. 

Matthew Spriggs

Professor Matthew Sprigg’s research interests are the archaeology of Island Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, and also Cornish Studies. My thematic areas of interest are archaeology and linguistics, subsistence systems and agricultural origins, human-environment interactions, politics and archaeology and Cornish language history. Most recently I have been involved in a five year project (2015-2020) funded by the ARC Laureate scheme on the history of Pacific archaeology. I have carried out archaeological research in Indonesia, East Timor, New Guinea, the Bismack Archipelago, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Hawaii.

Julian Thomas

Julian Thomas is a Professor of Media and Communications at RMIT. He works on new media, information policy and the evolution of communications technologies, and has had a long involvement in the development of digital repositories and archives in the humanities and social sciences. Recent publications include Internet on the Outstation: The Digital Divide and Remote Aboriginal Communities (INC, 2016), Measuring the Digital Divide: The Australian Digital Inclusion Index (2016-2018), The Informal Media Economy (Polity, 2015), and Fashioning Intellectual Property (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Julian is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, and a board member of the Australian Communications Consumers Action Network (ACCAN). 

Jakelin Troy

Jakelin Troy is a Ngarigu woman from the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, and Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research at The University of Sydney. Professor Troy’s research and academic interests focus on languages, particularly endangered Aboriginal and ‘contact languages’, language education, linguistics, anthropology and visual arts.  She has extensive experience developing curriculum for Australian schools, focusing on Australian language programs.  She studied in Mexico and Japan, developing her interest in those countries’ art, culture and languages.  Professor Troy is Editor in Chief of ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations and First Peoples’ Cultures.

Asmi Wood

Asmi Wood's current research and publications include areas such as Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous people in Australia and Indigenous Participation in Higher Education.   His PhD was in the area of International Criminal Law/ Humanitarian law and examined the legality or otherwise of the use of force by non-state actors under international law and in cases, domestic Australian law.

The Australian Parliament, both Committees and individuals, Government agencies, community organisations, schools and Indigenous groups have all used Asmi's research to clarify key issues among staff, have invited him to speak at their public events and make contributions to their literature.  Asmi has presented several keynote addresses to large conferences interested in Indigenous issues including on issues such as 'recognition'.

He was made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2017, won the national Australian Award for University Teaching: Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Education in 2015 and the ANU Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010.

Peter Yu

Peter Yu is a Yawuru man from Broome in the Kimberley region in North West Australia withover 35 years’ experience in Indigenous development and advocacy in the Kimberley and atthe state, national and international level. Peter was a key negotiator on behalf of the Yawuru Native Title Holders with the Western Australian State Government over the 2010 Yawuru Native Title Agreement and is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Yawuru Corporate Group. He has been an advocate for the social, cultural and economic advancement and well-beingof Kimberley and other Aboriginal communities for his entire career. He hasbeen instrumental in the development of many community-based organisations and initiatives which have had an enduring influence on the Kimberley region. He was Executive Director of the Kimberley Land Council during the 1990s and had a national leadership rolenegotiating the Federal Government’s response to the 1992 Mabo High Court judgement on Native Title. He is currently the Chair for the Indigenous Reference Group (IRG) to the NorthernMinisterial Forum, Chair of the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA), Deputy Chair of the AFL Aboriginal Advisory Committee, Deputy Chair of Broome Futures Alliance Ltd, Council Member of the Governing Board of theAustralian National University and Committee Member for the Western Australian Aboriginal Water and Environment Advisory Group.

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