Dr Liam Brady

ARC Future Fellow

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (254)

I am an Associate Professor and Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow. My research is designed to challenge traditional, western-oriented approaches to interpreting and understanding the archaeological record, generate new insights into deep-time social interaction, and draw attention to new ways of thinking about partnership-based research practice with Indigenous communities.

After being awarded my PhD from Monash University, I held two successive postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Western Australia (funded by the ARC and UWA). In 2012 I returned to Monash University to take up a position at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre where I lectured on cultural heritage, Indigenous archaeology, the archaeology and anthropology of art, and research methods. I began my Future Fellowship at Flinders University in January 2020.

Since 2002 I have carried out my partnership-based archaeological research with Indigenous communities in northern Australia, USA, and Canada. I have been awarded over 3m AUD in external research funding from the ARC, the Wenner Gren Foudnation for Anthropological Research, Australian Insititute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Department of the Environment and Water Resources, and the McArthur River Mine Community Benefits Trust. My research is published in some of the world's leading presses and featured in key handbooks and top-tier journals that encourage interdisciplinary approaches to studies of human culture.

My Future Fellowship project is a partnership with the Palyku Aboriginal community and aims to develop new insights into Australia's past by telling the story of Aboriginal people's extraordinary long-term connections and changing relationships with prominent places. The project aims to analyse rock art and excavated materials from key sites in the eastern Pilbara region (Western Australia) to learn how these places acted as beacons through time to structure and shape people's movements, encounters, and connections with others.


BA (Hons), Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)

DPhil, Monash University

Honours, awards and grants

Future Fellow, Australian Research Council (2019-2022)

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice (American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, 2018)

Dean's Nominee, Emerging Academic Leaders Program (Monash University, 2018)

Bunting Fellow (School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2015)

Emerging Research Excellence Fellow (Monash University, 2014)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian Research Council (2009-2012)

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Western Australia (2008)

Mollie Holman Medal for Best Doctoral Thesis (Monash University, 2006)

Supervisory interests
Australian Indigenous art and material culture
Australian anthropology
Australian museums and indigenous people
Contact archaeology
Cultural heritage management
Cultural landscapes
History, Indigenous
Indigenous Australian art
Indigenous archaeology
Indigenous cultural heritage