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Dr Lily O'Neill is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research and the Energy Change Institute at the Australian National University (ANU).

At the ANU, Lily is working on the Grand Challenge Project 'Delivering zero carbon energy to the Asia Pacific'. She is examining whether and how Indigenous people can best benefit from renewable energy generation in north west Australia.

Her work as an academic researcher and independent consultant relates to negotiations and agreement making between Aboriginal traditional owners, resource companies and the state; natural resource, environmental, water and native title law;‘social license to operate’ and corporate social responsibility.

She is a former legal practitioner at a major Australian law firm, and has taught in Melbourne Law School’s JD program.

She has a PhD obtained from the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law at Melbourne Law School. Her research examined the Curtis Island and James Price Point liquefied natural gas land access agreements:


  • 2018–present
    Research Fellow, ANU


  • 2016 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 2007 
    University of Melbourne, BA/LLB(Hons)