Dr Emma Lee
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellow
Dr Emma Lee is a Trawlwulwuy woman from Tebrakunna country, north-east Tasmania. Her research fields over the last 25 years have focused on Indigenous affairs, land and sea management, natural and cultural resources, regional development, policy and governance of Australian regulatory environments.
Dr Lee has published in diverse journals ranging from Biological Reviews to Annals of Tourism Research. She is the 2018 recipient of the University of Tasmania’s Foundation Graduate Award and has won prestigious fellowships to study in Europe and Asia.
Her PhD thesis assisted in establishing the first joint management plan for a Tasmanian protected area, namely the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and provided a leadership role for Aboriginal Tasmanians to engage and participate in a range of cultural, economic and conservation functions of management and governance.
She begun a postdoctoral project in 2017 to establish a market for cultural fisheries and food tourism in Tasmania to promote Aboriginal Tasmanian economies, traditional knowledge’s and connections to marine environments.
Emma is currently a sitting member to the Australian Government's National Co-Design Group, for developing models for a Voice to Parliament.
In 2020 Emma was awarded the Institute of Australian Geographers' inaugural William Jonas Award.
You can hear from Emma in the impact2021 webinar: Indigenous Voice: Engaging our community in the co-design process.
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