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Associate Professor, School of Geography, The University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Lisa Palmer is a human geographer at the University of Melbourne where she teaches and researches on indigenous environmental and social governance. Her research is focused on south-east Asia (particularly Timor-Leste) and indigenous Australia. She has published widely and is the author of an ethnography on people’s complex relations with water in Timor-Leste titled Water Politics and Spiritual Ecology: Custom, environmental governance and development (2015, Routledge, London). Her most recent essay ‘Hola Wani: Courting Bees in a Divided Land’ is published in the Meanjin 2019 Summer edition. An accompanying film Wild Honey: Caring for Bees in a Divided Land is distributed by Ronin Films.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, School of Geography, University of Melbourne, University of Melbourne


  • 2001 
    Northern Territory University, PhD