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Dr Penny Taylor is an experienced human rights advisor, legal practitioner and researcher with 20 years of professional experience. She has worked throughout Australia and the Pacific.

Her research was awarded the 2020 Peter Saunders Paper of the Year by the Australian Journal of Social Issues.

She has a PhD in race relations, with a focus on building capacity in non-Indigenous Australians for constructive race relations with Australia's Indigenous peoples. She is particularly interested in Indigenous perspectives on the transformations within the White Australian population necessary to achieve reconciliation.

She has worked as a Senior Consultant for Murawin Pty Ltd and was Head of Research at the Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation in Darwin for 5 years. Under her management the Larrakia Nation Research Division undertook a major multi-year research project, in partnership with the University of Tasmania, investigating Indigenous perspectives on White Australian people, culture and race-relations.

Prior to this she was a lawyer working in the field of women's and children's human rights. She has worked as a children's human rights advisor for the United Nations throughout the Pacific. This was followed by over a decade in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Dr Taylor has developed a number of creative resources designed to increase awareness and understanding in the broader Australian population of Indigenous experiences and knowledges. These include the Darwin Radio Diaries and co-authorship of the autobiography of a Yolngu Senior Law Man entitled "Striving to Bridge the Chasm: My Cultural Learning Journey". His name is omitted here due to his recent passing.


  • 2014–present
    Researcher, University of Tasmania
  • 2023–present
    Manager Research & Development, Community Truth-telling Pathways Program, Reconciliation Australia
  • 2021–2022
    Senior Consultant, Murawin
  • 2014–2021
    PhD Candidate, University of Tasmania
  • 2010–2016
    Head Researcher, Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation


  • 2022 
    University of Tasmania, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2001 
    University of NSW, BALLB


  • 2023
    How Intergenerational Cycles of White Ignorance and Incapacity Perpetuate Indigenous Inequality, Handbook of Critical Whiteness
  • 2020
    Widening the Gap: White ignorance, race-relations and the consequences for Aboriginal peoples in Australia, Australian Journal of Social Issues
  • 2019
    White people have no face: Aboriginal perspectives on White culture and the costs of neoliberalism, Ethnic and Racial Studies
  • 2016
    Repositioning the Racial Gaze: Aboriginal Perspectives on Race, Race Relations and Governance, Social Inclusion

Professional Memberships

  • TASA