PVC Indigenous, Nura Gili, and Indigenous Law Centre

Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous

Professor Megan Davis is Cobble Cobble woman from Barrungam Nation, Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law at UNSW.

She is Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court and was recently appointed the Balnaves Chair in Constitutional Law. Prof Davis is also a current member of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous peoples.

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Director of Nura Gili Academic Programs

Nicole Watson is a Murri academic from south-east Queensland, whose family hail from the Munanjali and Birri Gubba peoples. Nicole is the Director of Nura Gili Academic Programs. She has an LLB, an LLM and a DCA. Nicole has published a large body of work on legal issues that are pertinent to Indigenous peoples. Her most recent work is looking at how the stories of Indigenous peoples can be incorporated into legal decision making.

Deputy Director, Indigenous Law Centre (ILC) and Lecturer, Nura Gili.
Dani is a Bundjalung, Kungarykany woman from Grafton, New South Wales and a public lawyer. Dani is a legal academic and advocate for constitutional reform and political empowerment of First Nations and her research interests include: Indigenous self-determination and cultural identity, electoral law and policy reform, Indigenous political participation, comparative constitutional law and international human rights.


Janine Gertz's cultural heritage is drawn from her connections to both the Gugu Badhun in the Upper Burdekin region & the Ngadjonji on the Atherton Tablelands. Janine is a lecturer at Nura Gili with research interests grounded in her work with the Gugu Badhun Nation.

Her doctoral project is titled Gugu Badhun Sovereignty, Self-Determination, and Nationhood. 

Arts, Design & Architecture

Scholars from the Schools of Art & Design, Built Environment, Social Sciences, Arts & Media, Humanities and Languages, and Education. 

Dr BJ Newton is a proud Aboriginal Australian living in Sydney, and her family comes from Erambie Aboriginal Reserve at West Cowra on Wiradjuri Country in NSW. 

Dr Newton is a Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre within the UNSW Sydney, specialising in qualitative inquiry, Indigenous research methods and child protection research and policy. 

Dr Raven is a Yamatji-Noongar and non-Indigenous woman from Western Australia. She's a Senior Scientia Lecturer (Research Only) at UNSW Australia with the Social Policy Research Centre, and the Environment & Society Group in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Dr Raven is also a Chief Investigator with Daniel Robinson on the 5-year Australian Research Council Discovery Project 'Indigenous knowledge futures: protecting and promoting indigenous knowledge' 

Dr Kevin Lowe is a Gubbi Gubbi man from southeast Queensland. He is a Scientia Indigenous Fellow at UNSW, working on a community and school focused research project on developing a model of sustainable improvement in Aboriginal education. Kevin has had experience in education as a teacher, administrator and lecturer.

Dr Liza-Mare Syron’s family clan is Biripi from the Mid North Coast of NSW.

Liza-Mare Syron is an Indigenous Scientia Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in the School of Arts and Media. Her broad area of research interest is indigenous performing arts, and her current research focuses on Indigenous language revival in play texts


Dr Laura Parker is an Indigenous Scientia Fellow and ARC DAATSIA Fellow in the Faculty of Science, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Laura is interested in understanding and overcoming the impacts of climate change and environmental stress on marine organisms. 

Shane is a Dunghutti (Bellbrook, Northern NSW) and Dharawal (Coastal Sydney) descendant and has a background in microbiology and molecular biology of bacteria and fungi that live within medicinal plants of Botany Bay.

Shane is a post-doctoral researcher in Science Communication with the Education and Engagement team (CABAH).


Dr Kyllie Cripps is a Scientia Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales. Kyllie as a Palawa woman has worked extensively over the past twenty years in the areas of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse with Indigenous communities, defining areas of need and considering intervention options at multiple levels.

Medicine & Health

Dr Kalinda Griffiths is an early career Scientia Lecturer at the Centre for Big Data Research at UNSW and holds honorary positions at Menzies School of Health Research and the University of Sydney. Kalinda is a Yawuru woman, and an epidemiologist who has worked in the research sector in a number of roles for over 20 years. Her interest is in empirically addressing complex health disparities in populations through existing data and Indigenous data governance. 

Dr Brett Biles is a Murrawarri man from Brewarrina. He has been living on Wiradjuri country for the last 16 years. He holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, a Masters in Indigenous Health and a PhD. He is currently the Director of Indigenous Health Education in the Office of Medical Education, UNSW Medicine. 

Dr Withall is a Kurial-Yuin woman, holding a combined research and teaching role in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, where she leads the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Theme. She is an expert on ageing and mental health and her research focuses on promoting wellbeing, care and cognitive health for at-risk populations. She leads a sub-stream on Ageing at the Margins in the recently funded UNSW Ageing Futures Institute

Dr Lauren Kelada is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Behavioural Sciences Unit (BSU), School of Women’s and Children’s Health at UNSW Sydney and the Sydney Children’s Hospital. Dr Kelada is the Team Leader of the Family Systems and Relationships team of the BSU and leads a busy team of eight (a research fellow, three research officers and four students).

Ms Telphia Joseph is a Wajarri Yamatji woman from Western Australia. Community Development was her first passion which led to her interest in environmental health and otitis media. Telphia has a qualitative research base and in a previous life acted in a liaison position between the National Immunisation Committee and service providers offering immunisation programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

Ebony Lewis has come from a background of Emergency nursing with a passion for improving the end-of-life experience for older people with advanced chronic illness. She has extensive experience in geriatrics assessment and gerontology research. 

Adam Howie is a Bardi man from the Kimberly’s in Western Australia. He spent the first part of his working life in the Navy on surface ships and then submarines. Upon leaving the Navy Adam stated on his journey within health. He has extensive experience working within Emergency Services in Western Australia and New South Wales as a Paramedic and Intensive Care Paramedic. He has performed this role in remote, rural and metropolitan locations.