Land and water research team

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...

Dr Tran Tran

Dr Tran Tran

Tran Tran is a research fellow based in the Indigenous Culture and Heritage team at AIATSIS. Her research focus is the transition from native title recognition to the realisation of community benefit. 

Tran completed her PhD on the way in which knowledge structures are translated into legal and political institutions in the context of water management in the Canning Basin Western Australia. Before completing her PhD, Tran worked in the Native Title Research Unit as a research fellow and managed the Native Title Representative Bodies Knowledge Management Project and PBC...

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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...

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...

Toni Bauman

Toni Bauman

Toni Bauman is an anthropologist, mediator, facilitator and trainer who has published widely and made presentations to a range of national and international audiences.

She has over thirty years’ experience in Indigenous matters including land and native title claims, consensus building, agreement-making, decision-making and dispute management processes, co-management of protected areas, government policy, program evaluation, feasibility studies, and governance training. Toni was the chief investigator for the Indigenous Facilitation and Mediation Project at AIATSIS...

Alexandra Andriolo

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...

Luke Smyth

Luke Smyth

Luke joined AIATSIS in 2015 and is a research officer in Native Title, Land and Water. He has a Bachelor of Development Studies and is currently completing a Masters in Social Research at the ANU. 

Luke’s research interests include management and use of natural resources by Indigenous peoples, ecosystem services valuation, social network analysis, land and resource conflicts, and sustainable development.