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Senior Scientia Lecturer (Research), UNSW Sydney

Margaret is a Yamatji-Noongar and non-Indigenous woman from Western Australia.
She's a Senior Scientia Lecturer (Research Only) at UNSW Australia with the Social Policy Research Centre, and the Environment & Society Group in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
She is also a Chief Investigator with Daniel Robinson on the 5-year Australian Research Council Discovery Project 'Indigenous knowledge futures: protecting and promoting indigenous knowledge' (DP180100507).
Margaret holds a PhD from Murdoch University's School of Governance that focused on the use of protocols to protect Indigenous knowledge.
Margaret is a geographer with research interests related to protocols, biodiversity conservation and Indigenous knowledge, organisational forms and practices, food security/justice, and Indigenous and human rights. She has 20 years’ experience working on Indigenous knowledge related to biological resources and biodiversity conservation, Indigenous research (rights, health care and ageing), and food policy and food security..


  • 2019–present
    Senior Scientia Lecturer, UNSW Australia
  • 2016–2019
    Macquarie University Fellowship for Indigenous Researchers, Macquarie University
  • 2011–2016
    Research Fellow, UNSW Australia
  • 2009–2011
    Indigenous Human Rights Network Australia (IHRNA) Coordinator, Australian Human Rights Commission
  • 2007–2009
    Senior Policy Officer , tji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation


  • 2016 
    Murdoch University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2000 
    University of Western Australia, Bachelor of Science (Honors)