James Blackwell

Research Fellow (Indigenous Policy)

James Blackwell is a Research Fellow (Indigenous Policy) at the Centre for Social Impact UNSW.

A proud Wiradjuri man, James has been involved in the Indigenisation of higher education research and curricula for a number of years, as well as the strong embedding of anti-racism work within the sector.

He sees this work as a way to more deeply embed Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into spaces previously built around the exclusion of Indigenous voices. He is passionate about creating change and helping make institutions of higher learning more respectful of and less hostile to Indigenous peoples and cultures.

James is an international relations expert by training, specialising in civil-military relations, foreign and defence policy, the US-Australia alliance, and US electoral politics. He has media and publishing experience in field, including for the ABC and The Lowy Institute.

Before joining CSI he worked as a research academic at the University of Queensland’s School of Political Science and International Studies, and most recently as an Indigenous Engagement Advisor within the University of Canberra’s Ngunnawal Centre.

He is a current member of the Uluru Statement Education Project, working to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and on advancing a constitutionally-enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament.

James has a Master of International Relations from the University of Queensland, as well as a Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Science from the University of Sydney.


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