Amanda is an Australian anthropologist, whose academic career has been informed by the disciplines of cultural geography, heritage and ethnic studies. Her career is distinguished by a near 20 year committment to ethnographic fieldwork and collaborative research with Aboriginal communities in northern Australia and New South Wales. The particularity of her theoretical innovations around contemporary race relations and Indigenous lived experiences in Australia, born of collaborative fieldwork, defines her professional standing as a leader of praxis based and applied Australian and Indigenous Studies, and Anthropology. Her research is addressing themes of Indigenous experience, ways of knowing, land rights and the prevailing impact of settler colonial violence on Indigenous lives and lands and waters. Her research has developed with the kind support of Yanyuwa families, the Indigenous owners of land and sea in the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. Since 2008 Amanda has also undertken research in Brazil on the rise of affirmative action movements, racial quotas, and African Brazilian cultural expressions.
Ph.D, University of Melbourne, 2005
Bachelor of Arts, Honours, University of Queensland, 1998
Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland, 1997
Amanda is a Matthew Flinders Fellow, a research intensive role.
Her additional roles include being the Chair of the Flinders University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and leader of the 'Ethical Futures Australia' Research theme, in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
Chair of the Edmund Rice Human Research Ethics Committee
Advisor, Aurora Social Sciences Internship Program, RIO Tinto
Excellence in Research Australia, Peer Reviewer, Australian Research Council
Amanda's current ARC funded projects include,
Investigating the impacts and future of land rights and land resitution - DP190101522 (with Prof John Bradley, Monash University) 2019-2021
More than artefacts: Contemporary Indigenous relationships to rock art - DP170101083 (with Profs Liam Brady & John Bradley, Monash University and Prof Karen Steelman, US) 2017-2020
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