Professor Amy Roberts

Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (231)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Amy Roberts is an archaeologist and anthropologist who is committed to meaningful and long-term collaborations with Traditional Owners. She primarily works with Aboriginal communities in South Australia. In particular she has worked closely with Aboriginal peoples from the Mid Murray / Riverland and Yorke Peninsula regions. In recent years she has focused on the rock art of the Mid Murray, the ways in which Narungga people have and continue to engage with their seascape and the pre and post-contact archaeology of the Riverland (Amy is the lead investigator for the ARC projects 'Rockshelters and Rock Art in the River Murray Gorge: New Data and Syntheses' LP200200803 and 'White People had the Gun: Interrogating the Riverland's Colonial Frontier' LP170100479 and is a CI on the projects 'Ochre Archaeomicrobiology' DP190102219 and 'A National Facility for the 3D Imaging of the Near Surface' LE210100037. Prior to her appointment as an academic at Flinders University Amy worked as an expert to the Federal Court for a number of native title cases – including for the First Peoples of the River Murray and Mallee Region which achieved a successful determination. She continues to work in a consulting capacity on native title, Aboriginal heritage and stolen generations matters.

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) Flinders University
  • Graduate Certificate of Applied Anthropology (Native Title and Cultural Heritage) University of Western Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Archaeology) Flinders University
Honours, awards and grants

Awards

  • 2022: Flinders University Reconciliation Award
  • 2022: Flinders University Certificate of Excellence in HDR Supervision
  • 2020: Flinders University College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Research Excellence Award
  • 2015: Flinders University Faculty of Education, Law and Humanities Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2014: Australian Archaeological Association: Bruce Veitch Award for Excellence in Indigenous Engagement

Grants

  • 2022: ANSTO Award AS223/PD/18922
  • 2021: ARC LP200200803 (Lead CI)
  • 2021: ARC LE210100037 (CI)
  • 2021: ANSTO Award AP16560
  • 2021: ANSTO Award AP12957
  • 2020: ANSTO Award AP12393
  • 2020: ANSTO Award AP12553
  • 2019: ARC DP19012219 (CI)
  • 2019: ANSTO Award AP12115
  • 2018: ANSTO Award AP11925
  • 2018: ANSTO Award AP11268
  • 2018: ANSTO Award AP11268
  • 2017: ARC LP170100479 (Lead CI)
  • 2016: International Society for Archaeological Prospection
  • 2018: Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
  • 2016: ANSTO Award AP10306
  • 2015: AINSE Award 15018
  • 2014: AINSE Award 14516
  • 2014: AINSE Award 14011
  • 2013: AINSE Award 13503
  • 2012-2014: Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage/Social Sciences and Humanities Research of Canada
  • 2011: AINSE Award 11036
  • 2011: Flinders University Re-entry Fellowship
  • 2010: State Government of South Australia - PIRSA
  • 2010: State Government of South Australia - Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Division
Key responsibilities

Administrative and Organisational Roles

Amy has been a detailed assessor for the following ARC categories: Laureates, Future Fellowhips, DECRAs, Discovery Projects, Linkage Projects, SRI and LIEF. She has also been a reviewer for numerous Q1 journals as well as Oxford and Routledge Books.

Amy has held various external organisational roles since 2000 including:

  • Editorial Committee Member for Australian Archaeology.
  • Member of the Australian National Committee for Archaeology Teaching and Learning.
  • Short Reports Editor and Editorial Commeitte Member for Australian Archaeology.
  • Editorial Committee Member, Book Review Editor and State Convenor for the Alternative Law Journal.
  • Editor of the Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia.
  • Councillor for the Anthropological Society of South Australia.
  • South Australian Representative for the Australian Archaeological Association.

She is currently a member of the South Australian Museum Board Research Advisory Committee, the Editorial Advisory Board for Rock Art Research and the La Trobe Univeristy's Archaeological Course Advisory Committee.

Amy has also held numerous high-level positions at Flinders University including:

  • Acting Dean of Education for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Teaching Program Director for History, Archaeology, Geography and Indigenous Studies.
  • Head of the Archaeology Department.
  • Member of the Education, Humanities and Law Faculty Board.
Topic coordinator
ARCH8017 Cultural Heritage and the Law
ARCH8410 Archaeology of the First Australians
ARCH2202 Archaeology of the First Australians
ARCH8020 Research Methods in Archaeology
Supervisory interests
Aboriginal archaeology
Anthropological archaeology
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Fishtraps and Coastal Economies (1), Cultural Modified Trees (1), Murray-Darling Basin Archaeology (1), Aboriginal Earth Mounds (1)
Associate supervisor: Maritime Archaeology (1), Lithic Analysis (1), Archaeological Science (2)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Archaeological Science (1), Maritime Cultural Landscapes and Indigenous Missions (1), Archaeology of WWII (1), Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Analysis (1), Murray-Darling Basin Archaeology (1), Stone and Glass Artefact Analysis (1)
Associate supervisor: Maritime Archaeology (2), Post-Contact Aboriginal Heritage
Higher degree by research student achievements
Madeline Fowler

Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - MAR 2016

Catherine Bland

Flinders University EHL Student Research Project Funding - MAR 2014

Julie Mushynsky

CNMI Humanities Council Grant - AUG 2014

Julie Mushynsky

Flinders University Overseas Field Trip Grant - JUL 2014

Madeline Fowler

AIMA Scholarship - DEC 2013

Madeline Fowler

Flinders University EHL Student Research Project Funding - AUG 2013

Madeline Fowler

Berndt Post-Graduate Award - OCT 2013

Catherine Bland

AINSE International Travel Scholarship - MAR 2015

Bianca Petruzzelli

AINSE International Travel Scholarship - MAR 2015

Julie Mushynsky

Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - APR 2018

Bianca Petruzzelli

Flinders University EHL Student Research Project Funding - MAR 2015

Craig Westell

Australian Archaeological Association Student Research Grant Award - MAY 2019

Belinda Liebelt

Berndt Foundation Award - JAN 2017

Catherine Bland

Flinders University Research Scholarship - JAN 2014

Madeline Fowler

Australian Postgraduate Award - JAN 2013

Madeline Fowler

Society for Historical Archaeology ACUA George Fischer International Student Travel Award - DEC 2015

Catherine Bland

Ruth and Vincent Megaw Award for Outstanding Collaboration in Archaeological Research and Practice - DEC 2017

Craig Westell

Flinders University Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - DEC 2022

Adrian Mollenmans

Australian Postgraduate Award - JAN 2015

Kate Greenwood

Flinders University Overseas Field Trip Grant - JUN 2023

Kate Greenwood

Australian Archaeological Association Student Research Grant Award - MAY 2022

Enrique Nunez

Flinders University Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - DEC 2020

Bob Jones

Royal Society of South Australia Research Grant - DEC 2021

Further information

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Anthropological Association - Fellow
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies - Member
  • Australian Archaeological Association - Member
  • Anthropological Society of South Australia - Member
  • World Archaeological Congress - Member
  • Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage - Associate Scholar
  • Australian Rock Art Research Association - Member