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’ work centres on prioritising Indigenous voices within predominately white systems of governance. He sees this work as a way to advance Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into these spaces previously built around the exclusion of Indigenous voices, and create a greater presence for his community.

He also works in the decolonisation of higher education spaces, especially research agendas and teaching curricula. He has experience working with remote and disadvantaged First Nations communities around Australia, and has large networks across these spaces. James is currently involved as an advisor with the Uluru Statement From the Heart campaign to see a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament, including through his research.

James also has expertise in the fields of international relations, defence policy, civil-military relations, and U.S. electoral politics. He is currently working on the issue of conceptualising Indigenous foreign policy approaches in the Twenty-First Century. He has media and publishing experience in both fields, including for the ABC, Canberra Times, and the Lowy Institute. He is also a Board Member of Croakey Health Media.

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.

James has a Master of International Relations from the University of Queensland, a Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Science from the University of Sydney, and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Heritage, and Culture at Charles Sturt University.


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