Native title and traditional ownership research team
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
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
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 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
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 is the Native Title Research and Access Officer and is the first point of contact for people seeking information about native title resources held in the AIATSIS library and audiovisual archive. In addition, Alexandra coordinates the PBC Support Officer Network and is responsible for a number of the NTRU’s information services, including the Native Title Newsletter.
With academic qualifications in applied linguistics, Alexandra joined AIATSIS in 2012 as a project officer on the Second National Indigenous Languages Survey (NILS2). She has since worked on the OZBIB database...
Ms Anaisel Lopez de Garcia
Anaisel Lopez de Garcia is an Information System Analyst working in the Native Title, Land and Water research unit at AIATSIS.
Anaisel is originally from Venezuela and has been living in Australia for the past three years. In 2007 Anaisel graduated in Information Technology, from the Colegio Universitario Francisco de Miranda, Caracas, and is currently enrolled in her Masters of Information Technology and Systems at the University of Canberra. Anaisel provides support to the research department by the analysing, designing, and implementing databases, and her research interests...
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...