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Executive Director, The University of Melbourne

Dr Lilly Brown is an interdisciplinary educator, facilitator and researcher, and is an Executive Director at headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation.

Lilly has worked with organisations and institutions across the not-for-profit, government, corporate, arts and culture, and education sectors on the development of practices of racial literacy and cultural safety.

With a Masters degree in education from the University of Cambridge and a doctorate in youth studies from the University of Melbourne, Lilly’s research has focused on the social and emotional wellbeing of First Nations and other young people across Australia, particularly in education contexts.

Lilly’s work is informed by her relationships and work with different communities in Western Australia, NSW, Victoria and across Australia, including with Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal young people, their families, communities and schools.

Lilly belongs to the Gumbaynggirr people of the mid-north coast of New South Wales and lives on the lands of the Yawuru and Jugan people in Rubibi (Broome).


  • 2020–2021
    Lecturer, University of Melbourne


    University of Camrbridge , Master of Philosophy
    University of Melbourne , Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
    University of Western Australia, Bachelor of Arts
  • 2021 
    University of Melbourne, Doctor of Philosophy