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Emma Lee

Research Fellow

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Biography

Dr Lee has worked in the field of Indigenous rights and land management for the past two decades, undertaking a career as a consultant archaeologist and publishing an award-winning book on the Aboriginal heritage of Sydney’s northern beaches.  She has engaged in protected area management as a manager at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (2003-06), a past member of the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council (2010-15) and current Policy & Programme subcommittee chair of the ICCA Consortium, an international Indigenous advocacy body.

Dr Lee has built top-down, bottom-up policy frameworks that are collaborative and beneficial, such as in 2002 the first Australian government experience with Indigenous public/private partnerships in water management in NSW (the Aboriginal Water Trust). She has also developed policy sector programs that deliver capacity to Indigenous, government and business stakeholders in resource development negotiation with the Boomanulla Statement and Tuhbowgule Nangamay, both streams developed in NSW with, respectively, 55 Indigenous organisations and 19 local government agencies in Sydney.

Since returning to higher education in 2013, Dr Lee has been a Visiting Scholar at the International Institute of Sociology of Law, Oñati, Spain (2015), a co-lecturer in environmental studies at the University of Tasmania (2015-17) and has published papers in Annals of Tourism Research, Biological Revews and Antipode.

Career summary

Qualifications

PhD

Establishing joint management processes and models for Tasmania’s protected areas

University of Tasmania

Australia

21/08/17

Joint BA (Hons)

Ceremonial sites and communion foods

Australian National University

Australia

04/1996

Memberships

Professional practice

Tasmanian Research Advisory Committee (Fisheries Research & Development Corporation); ICCA Consortium; University of Tasmania’s Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Working Group; melythina tiakana warrana Aboriginal Corporation;

Administrative expertise

Managed Indigenous cultural heritage research, communications and consultation for Homebush Bay, 2000 Sydney Olympics; Negotiated with government a $5 million Aboriginal Water Trust, NSW 2002; managed a $250,000 Desert Knowledge CRC natural and cultural technology integration project at Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park 2005-06); established an Equity Committee at TasTAFE with initial 6% total VET budget investment (2007).

Teaching

Environmental studies, Indigenous studies, regional development, postgraduate study skills

Teaching expertise

2015-2017 - Co-lecturer with Dr Andrew Harwood and Dr Chia-Chin Lin, KGA539, Postgraduate Study Skills, Discipline of Geography and Spatial Sciences, School of Land and Food, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Research Appointments

2017 - RJIP Local Planning Committee for Regional Tasmania to implement priority planning themes for $25million Australian Government regional development pilot program;

2017 – Forum Invitation, Vilm, Germany, for development of IUCN Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) on Promoting the Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Nature in Protected Area Management and Governance. The activities are part of the WCPA Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas’ (CSVPA) programme on the cultural and spiritual significance of nature in protected and conserved areas governance and management.

2017 - Member of the Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC) Tasmanian Research Advisory Committee to oversee research funding and implement Australian Government fisheries planning priorities.

2015 – Parliamentary Invitation to give evidence to Tasmanian Standing Committee on Regional Development and Inquiry into Aboriginal Constitutional Recognition.

Research Invitations

2015 – Visiting Scholar, International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Oñati, Basque Autonomous Region, Spain.

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Expertise

Land and sea management

Indigenous rights and social justice

Indigenous postdoctoral research

Indigenous cultural fisheries

Governance, policy and regulation environments

Fisheries food tourism

Protected area management

Postgraduate study skills

Research Themes

The University of Tasmania’s research theme Marine, Antarctic and Maritime has been a particularly welcoming environment for research that centres Indigenous peoples and knowledges.  Dr Lee’s PhD work contributed to the development of a joint management agreement in Tasmania between Aboriginal Tasmanians and the Tasmanian Government.  Her research highlighted conservation benefits of Indigenous-led negotiations and Indigenous forms of governance, legitimacy, ethics and relationship-building in agreement making over a protected area.  These social and critical areas of inquiry have been appropriate to apply to the marine environment and focus on Aboriginal Tasmanian cultural fisheries.

Aboriginal Tasmanian cultural fisheries is poorly characterised and requires attention. Dr Lee’s research is focussed on drawing attention to regulatory and policy barriers that prevent greater engagement and participation in developing Indigenous fisheries and food tourism in Tasmania.  In doing so, opportunities to build Indigenous collaborations and networks with research, industry, government and wider communities are gained.  The University’s research theme of Marine, Antarctic and Maritime also presents opportunities for Indigenous knowledges to bridge gaps between the humanities, arts and social sciences with science, technology and engineering, in as much as strengthening research pathways for future Indigenous-led postdoctoral research.

Collaboration

Dr Lee is an Honorary member of the ICCA Consortium and chair of the Policy and Programme subcommittee.  The ICCA Consortium is dedicated to improving the rights of Indigenous and local peoples and conservation management through legal, policy and conservation discourses.  The Consortium is active in 75 countries and composed on over 250 Honorary members (including university members) and 109 civil society and Indigenous organisation members.  Policy, governance and conservation research has lead the production and dissemination of global policy briefs, UN submissions, case study preparation, best practice and guidance documents.  https://www.iccaconsortium.org/

Awards

2017:    Marine, Antarctic and Maritime Research Theme, University of Tasmania, STEM-HASS Seed Grant

2016:    Species on the Move Travel Grant, University of Tasmania

2016:    Indigenous Fellowship, Endeavour Award, Australian Government

2015:    Conference Travel Grant, Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

2015:    Visiting Scholarship, International Institute of Sociology and Law (IISL), Oñati, Spain

2014:    Riawunna Aboriginal Scholarship, University of Tasmania

2014:    University of Tasmania Travel Grant, University of Tasmania

2013:    Australian Postgraduate Award, Institute of Regional Development, University of Tasmania

2011:    Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Indigenous Scholarship, Company Directors Course, Hobart

1998:    WEH Stanner Fellowship, Australian National University

1997:    ANU 50th Anniversary Field Grant, Australian National University

Current projects

Fisheries Research & Development Corporation grant, 2017-2019: ‘Wave to Plate’: Establishing a market for Tasmanian cultural fisheries.  

The project is aimed at creating equity measures for Aboriginal Tasmanian communities to engage in cultural fisheries and develop partnerships that value the contributions Indigenous practices make to conservation, tourism and research.

Fields of Research

  • Heritage and Cultural Conservation (210202)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge (050201)
  • Fisheries Management (070403)
  • Environment Policy (160507)
  • Tourism Management (150603)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledge Management (080701)
  • Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy (160501)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology (210101)
  • Fisheries Sciences (070499)

Research Objectives

  • Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage (950302)
  • Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology (970121)
  • Environmental Services (940110)
  • Coastal and Marine Management Policy (960701)
  • Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism (900302)
  • Ahuatanga Maori (Maori Tradition) (950301)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development and Welfare (940102)
  • Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards (960799)
  • Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales (960805)
  • Environmental Education and Awareness (960703)

Publications

Total publications

41

Journal Article

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Bonebrake TC, Brown CJ, Bell JD, Blanchard JL, Chauvenet A, et al., 'Managing consequences of climate-driven species redistribution requires integration of ecology, conservation and social science', Biological Reviews pp. 1-22. ISSN 1464-7931 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/brv.12344 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Blanchard JL; Champion C; Clark TD; Frusher S; Hobday AJ; McCormack PC; McDonald J; Twiname S; Villanueva C; Wapstra E; Pecl GT

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2017Jonas HD, Lee E, Jonas HC, Matallana-Tobon C, Sander Wright K, et al., 'Will 'other effective area-based conservation measures' increase recognition and support for ICCAs?', Parks, 23, (2) pp. 63-78. ISSN 0960-233X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2305/IUCN.CH.2017.PARKS-23-2HDJ.en [eCite] [Details]

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2017Lee E, 'Performing colonisation: the manufacture of Black female bodies in tourism research', Annals of Tourism Research, 66 pp. 95-104. ISSN 0160-7383 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2017.06.001 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Lee E, 'Protected areas, country and value: the nature-culture tyranny of the IUCN's Protected Area Guidelines for Indigenous Australians', Antipode, 48, (2) pp. 355-374. ISSN 0066-4812 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/anti.12180 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

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2016Lee E, Tran T, 'From boardroom to kitchen table: shifting the power seat of Indigenous governance in protected area management', Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2016, (2) pp. 81-93. ISSN 0729-4352 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2002Lee E, 'The Tale of a Whale: Significant Aboriginal Landscapes of the Northern Beaches', Warringah Council, Dee Why, NSW, pp. 77. ISBN 1875116397 (2002) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Lee E, 'Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Protection in Tasmania: The Failure of Rights; the Restorative Potential of Historical Resilience', The Right to Protect Sites: Indigenous Heritage Management in the Era of Native Title, AIATSIS Research Publications, PF McGrath (ed), Canberra, Australia, pp. 315-341. ISBN 9781922102393 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2016McGrath PF, Lee E, 'The Fate of Indigenous Place-Based Heritage in the Era of Native Title', The Right to Protect Sites: Indigenous Heritage Management in the Era of Native Title, AIATSIS Research Publications, PF McGrath (ed), Canberra, Australia, pp. 1-25. ISBN 9781922102393 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2000Lee E, 'Histories of Homebush Bay and the Sydney Aboriginal Fight for Recognition', Papers from The First International Conference on Sports and Human Rights, 1-3 September, 1999, Sydney, Australia, pp. 121-123. ISBN 1863655662 (2000) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Lee E, Evans JD, 'Indigenous fisheries: weaving the research net', University of Tasmania; Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Hobart, Tasmania (2017) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Evans JD

2001Lee E, 'The community approach to recording Aboriginal heritage: a case study at North Head, Sydney Harbour National Park, NSW', New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service, Sydney (2001) [Contract Report]

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1998Lee E, 'Aboriginal history of Homebush Bay Olympic site', Olympic Co-ordination Authority, Sydney (1998) [Contract Report]

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Other Public Output

(29 outputs)
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2017Lee E, 'Talking Point: Our history belongs to all Tasmanians', The Mercury, Newscorp Australia, Hobart, Tasmania, 9 January 2017 (2017) [Newspaper Article]

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2017Lee E, 'Talking Point: gradual approach takes us closer to a considered treaty', The Mercury, News Corp Australia, Hobart, Tasmania (2017) [Newspaper Article]

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2017Lee E, 'Recreational fishers should be allowed to sell excess catch, Tasmanian proposal says', ABC News, ABC News, Hobart, Australia (2017) [Media Interview]

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2016Lee E, 'Premier bravely made history addressing Aboriginal identity crisis', The Mercury, News Corp Australia, Hobart, Australia, 29 January (2016) [Newspaper Article]

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2016Lee E, 'Talking point: wilderness plan benchmark to renew relations', The Mercury, News Corp Australia, Hobart, Australia, 8 January (2016) [Newspaper Article]

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2016Lee E, 'Talking point: Aboriginal inclusion in world heritage management good move', The Mercury, News Corp Australia, Hobart, Australia, 11 April (2016) [Newspaper Article]

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2016Lee E, 'What it means to be Tasmanian Aboriginal: four people share their stories', ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hobart, Australia, 23 February (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Lee E, 'Learning from the Basques to connect food and cultural practice', ABC Northern Tasmania, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, 13 January (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Lee E, 'We're ready to heal together', 936 ABC Hobart, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hobart, Tasmania, 27 May (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Lee E, 'Community conversation on ABC Hobart with Louise Saunders', 936 ABC Hobart, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hobart, Australia, 17 February (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Lee E, 'Talking Point: Heritage value to retaining Trucanini's name in Relics Act change', The Mercury, Newscorp Australia, Hobart, Tasmania, 30 December 2016 (2016) [Newspaper Article]

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2016Lee E, 'Bridge-building needed for Indigenous fisheries research', FISH, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Australia, 24, 2, pp. 32-22 ISSN 1833-4784. (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Lee E, Hamilton F, 'Talking point: draft reform of constitution is a step towards keeping historic promise', The Mercury, News Corp Australia, Hobart, Australia, 10 June (2016) [Newspaper Article]

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2016Lee E, Hamilton F, 'Talking Point: Cultural voice for Tasmania's World Heritage', The Mercury, Newscorp Australia, Hobart, Tasmania, 16 July 2016 (2016) [Newspaper Article]

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2016Lee E, Hamilton F, 'Tasmania - After a long journey, World Heritage Area delivers Indigenous rights', ICCA Consortium Newsletter, ICCA Consortium, 12, pp. 19-22. (2016) [Magazine Article]

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2016Lee E, McCormack P, Michael P, Molloy SW, Mustonen T, et al., 'The language of science: Essential ingredients for indigenous participation', [squared brackets], Convention on Biological DIversity, Canada, 10, pp. 22-24. (2016) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: McCormack P

2015Lee E, 'Talking Point: Wilderness talks leading to regional Aboriginal approach', The Mercury, Hobart, 15 August (2015) [Newspaper Article]

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2015Almeida F, Borrini-Feyerabend G, Garnett S, Jonas HC, Jonas HD, et al., 'Collective Land Tenure and Community Conservation: Exploring the linkages between collective tenure rights and the existence and effectiveness of territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs)', ICCA Consortium, Switzerland (2015) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Lockwood M

2015Lee E, 'Saturday Soapbox: green glitter hides cultural truth', The Mercury, Hobart, 24 January (2015) [Newspaper Article]

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2015Lee E, 'Talking Point: Put the one community, one voice' myth out to pasture', The Mercury, Hobart, 26 June (2015) [Newspaper Article]

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2015Lee E, 'Talking Point: Wilderness plan holds key to dealing with Aboriginal rights', The Mercury, Hobart, 11 July (2015) [Newspaper Article]

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2015Lee E, 'Talking Point: More voices in World Heritage wilderness plan', The Mercury, Hobart, 12 February (2015) [Newspaper Article]

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2015Almeida F, Borrini-Feyerabend G, Garnett S, Jonas HC, Jonas HD, et al., 'Collective Land Tenure and Community Conservation: Exploring the linkages between collective tenure rights and the existence and effectiveness of territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs). Companion document to Policy Brief No. 2 of the ICCA', Produced in collaboration with Maliasili Initiatives and Cenesta (2015) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Lockwood M

2015Lee E, 'Relics Act reflects an ignorant era', The Mercury, Hobart, 21 September (2015) [Newspaper Article]

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2015Lee E, 'Talking point: unhealthy division underlies Aboriginal 'one community' dogma', The Mercury, News Corp Australia, Hobart, Australia, 7 November (2015) [Newspaper Article]

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2015Lee E, 'University of Tasmania PhD candidate awarded Indigenous Fellowship in 2016 Endeavour Awards', University of Tasmania Communications and Media, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, 24 November (2015) [Media Interview]

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2015Lee E, 'Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships fund researchers' efforts overseas', Senator The Hon Richard Colbeck Media Release (2015) [Media Interview]

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2015Lee E, 'Indigenous research students from around Australia assemble in Melbourne', Musse, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, 1, 153, pp. 1-2. (2015) [Media Interview]

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2015Lee E, 'Tasmanian Aboriginal group backs plans for wilderness tourism as 'essential to Indigenous livelihoods'', ABC News, ABC News, Hobart, Australia (2015) [Media Interview]

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Grants & Funding

Fisheries Research & Development Corporation grant, 2017-2019: ‘Wave to Plate’: Establishing a market for Tasmanian cultural fisheries.  $255,000

Marine, Antarctic and Maritime research theme, seed grant, 2017: Indigenous fisheries: weaving the research net. $3500

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$258,695

Projects

Indigenous fisheries: weaving the research net (2017)$3,500
Description
Indigenous fisheries in Tasmania lacks characterisation and research inputs (Lee 2016). These factors inhibit greater HASS-STEM collaboration and investment in Indigenous partnerships and knowledges. For example, commercial on-sale of Indigenous seafoods caught under cultural activities is not permitted (Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment 2017). This regulatory condition prevents Indigenous peoples and communities engaging in cultural food festivals and similar. However, one of only two Indigenous led and managed Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) grants (Susman, pers. comm. April 2017) is currently being undertaken at the Centre for Marine Socioecology, UTAS, over 2 years (2017-2019) to investigate the barriers and opportunities in establishing a commercial market for Indigenous fisheries.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($3,500)
Scheme
Grant-MAM Research Theme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lee E; Evans JD
Year
2017
Wave to Plate: establishing a market for Tasmanian aboriginal cultural fisheries (2016 - 2018)$255,195
Description
The project looks at the application of a terrestrial cultural business model to the marine environment and evaluates opportunities for indigenous engagement in marine activities. The project also develops indigenous research capactity.
Funding
Fisheries Research & Development Corporation ($255,195)
Scheme
Grant-Annual Open Call Round
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Frusher SD; Haward MG; Denny B; Sayer M; Richardson BJ; Lee E
Period
2016 - 2018