May 15, 2018


The Centre for Social Impact today announced the appointment of Dr Emma Lee, who will be working with The Centre for Social Impact -Swinburne as Swinburne’s 2018 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellow.

The role will be to undertake policy-focused research on Indigenous regional development, with a particular focus on cultural fisheries.

Emma was appointed because of extensive accomplishments and research potential in Indigenous business development and natural resources management. She has a very impressive background in research and practice leadership, which is both locally and internationally recognised.

Emma is a key architect of the first joint management plan for a Tasmania protected area, The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. This work brought her to the attention of the ICCA Consortium which operates in 75 countries for Indigenous conservation, where she is now an Honorary Member and Oceanic representative. She is currently establishing an Indigenous cultural fisheries and food market in Tasmania with Tasmanian and Australian Government support. Emma was recently awarded the University of Tasmania’s Foundation Graduate Award, the highest honour conferred upon graduates at that institution and the first Indigenous person to be a recipient.

“I am absolutely delighted to have Emma join us as the Swinburne Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellow.” Said Jo Barraket, National research Director, CSI “This is a university level appointment and Emma has chosen to locate the fellowship within CSI, reflecting our shared interests in progressive social change through practice-informed research and development.”

About the scholarship

The Swinburne University Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellowship Scheme enables one fellowship to be awarded annually to an Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander researcher to undertake full-time research in a field that will broadly align with one of Swinburne’s five Research Centres: Data Science, Health Innovation, Smart Cities, Social Innovation and Manufacturing Futures. 

Swinburne is strongly committed to our Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan and is seeking to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics at the university.

For further information, please contact Professor Andrew Gunstone, Executive Director Reconciliation Strategy and Leadership on

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