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Marlene Longbottom

Associate Professor, Indigenous Education & Research Centre, James Cook University

Dr Marlene Longbottom is a Yuin woman, from Roseby Park mission (Jerrinja) on the South Coast of NSW and is an Associate Professor with the Indigenous Education & Research Centre at James Cook University.

Marlene is a recipient of an Australian Research Council funded Discovery Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award of which her fellowship seeks to investigate the role and value of Indigenous community controlled organisations who provide support to young Indigenous people aged between 10-24. The project titled Navigating the Carceral Interface partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations in Rockhampton, Cairns and Thursday Island. This five year study includes Indigenous and non Indigenous researchers.

Marlene's research experience spans over fifteen years where she has collaboratively designed, implemented community-based research and evaluation projects of benefit, that are priority driven by the Indigenous community in both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in urban, regional and remote communities in New South Wales, Queensland. She has expertise in research in service systems and service provision to Indigenous communities in both Community Controlled and Government sectors. Marlene's research track record includes publishing in international and national journals, with her work recognized internationally having been invited to multiple universities in the United States. Marlene has been part of multiple teams winning nationally competitive grants. Marlene is also an Associate Investigator on two ARC Centre of Excellences awarded in 2022.

Dr Longbottom is currently completing a piece of work for the New South Wales Ombudsman Office where she is conducting an in-depth case review of 43 suicide deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Youth from 2011-2020, this work is due to be completed in October 2024. She is also completing a manuscript for her forthcoming book - Silent No More, based on her decade of research related to violence and Indigenous women in NSW and QLD Australia.

Dr Longbottom is frequently requested to provide expert opinion and advice to government on Indigenous issues in areas related to her work in violence, trauma and social justice matters. She has appeared on News outlets; NITV – The Point, SBS – Insight and ABC – The Drum.


  • –present
    Aboriginal Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Wollongong