Native title and traditional ownership research team

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Dr Lisa Strelein

Lisa’s research and publications have focused on the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the state, and the role of the courts in defining Indigenous peoples’ rights.

Lisa has made a significant contribution to academic debate on native title in Australia, including her book: Compromised Jurisprudence: Native Title Cases since Mabo. Now in its second edition, the book has been heralded by members of the judiciary and Indigenous community alike.

Lisa maintains strong networks within the native title system, conducting research projects in partnership with, or in...

Dr Tran Tran

Dr Tran Tran

Tran Tran is a research fellow based in the Indigenous Culture and Heritage team. Her research focus is how native title intersects with other areas of land and water management with a focus on the development of governance. She is particularly interested in the transition from native title recognition to the realisation of community benefit. Tran completed her PhD thesis titled 'Water is Country, Country is Culture: the translation of Indigenous relationships to water into law' in 2013 which focused on the way in which knowledge structures are translated into legal institutions in the...

Dr Rod Kennett

Dr Rod Kennett

Senior Research Fellow, AIATSIS Centre for Land and Water.

Land and Water University Fellow, Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University.

Rod Kennett is a Senior Research Fellow and leads the AIATSIS Centre for Land and Water Research. He holds a PhD and an Honours degree in biology. He has written over forty research papers and articles, and has led numerous research and natural resource management programs in universities, non-government and government organisations. He worked in marine and terrestrial science and management in tropical...

stacey little

Stacey Little

Stacey Little is a senior research officer (legal) within the Centre for Native Title, Land and Water Research at AIATSIS. She completed her undergraduate studies (BA/LLB) at the Australian National University, where she focussed on the relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Australian law and policy, social justice, and environmental issues. She is currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Her background is in native title law, her experience being predominantly in litigation and compensation applications.

Stacey maintains the NTRB...

Dr Belinda Burbidge

Dr Belinda Burbidge

Belinda is an anthropologist who has previously worked in the academic and applied research industries.

After working for six years in the native title sector, around Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia, Belinda returned to university to complete her studies and graduated with a PhD in anthropology from The University of Sydney in 2014.

During the last two years Belinda has worked as a lecturer in anthropology at The University of Sydney, as well as a research consultant for Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) in central Australia. Belinda has joined the...

Alexandra Andriolo

Ms Alexandra Andriolo

Alexandra Andriolo (nee Muir) joined AIATSIS in 2012 and is the Native Title Research and Access Officer. Alexandra has a BA (International Relations) (Hons Applied Linguistics) and has worked in the Indigenous research sector for 5 years. Her background is in linguistics and archival research.

Alexandra’s research interests include using historical documents for evidence in native title claims, socio linguistics and perceptions of language use, document access and management, as well as archival research.

Alexandra is the first point of contact for people seeking...

Anaisel Lopez de Garcia

Ms Anaisel Gabriela Lopez de Garcia

Anaisel Gabriela Lopez de Garcia is originally from Venezuela and has been living in Australia for the past four years. Anaisel provides support to the research department by the analysing, designing, and implementing databases.

Anaisel joined AIATSIS in 2015 and is the Information System Analyst in the Research Business Team. Anaisel has a Master degree in Information Technology and System at the University of Canberra and has worked in IT for over seven years.

Anaisel research interests include ethical behaviours and technology as well as how technology can support social...

Luke Smyth

Luke Smyth

Luke Smyth is a research officer within the Centre for Native Title, Land and Water Research at AIATSIS. He obtained an undergraduate degree in development studies from the Australian National University, and is currently completing a Masters in Social Research, also at the ANU.

His university studies have included training in both traditional qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as network analysis. His previous research has focused on the interconnected demographic, social and environmental issues faced by indigenous peoples and marginalised groups in Australia...