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 north Australia for over three decades where much his work has focused on increasing Indigenous participation in research and management.
He has lectured in science, been awarded several research fellowships and grants, including an Australian Research Council Fellowship and a Fulbright Scholarship; and regularly presents at national and international conferences.
He was previously the Natural and Cultural Resource Manager for the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park before joining the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA). At NAILSMA, Rod led the multi award-winning Saltwater Country Management Program (including the Saltwater People Network and I-Tracker) and represented Indigenous interests in a wide range of science related workshops and policy development processes.
Rod contributes to a wider conservation and development agenda through extra-curricular activities such as membership of the Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park), the Wunambal Gaambera Healthy Country Scientific Committee; the IUCN Species Specialist Commission and the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy; and the International Steering Committee for the Arafura Timor Sea Experts Forum.