Dr Emma Lee is a trawlwulwuy woman of tebrakunna country, north-east Tasmania.
As an Aboriginal researcher, Dr Lee’s fields of work are ‘anchored in country and all the threads and parts that allow me to care for it’. She often publishes under the authorship of ‘tebrakunna country and Lee, E.’ to denote country as a co-author and to signal an Indigenous practice of centring identity connected to place.
‘I work in land and sea governance and management, policy and regulatory environments, and social impacts of Indigenous-led regional development.
My current research is focused on establishing a market for cultural fisheries in Tasmania, where we are able to use our cultural strengths and assets of connections to sea country to build strong and healthy communities alongside sustainable business.’
Country and research has also led Dr Lee into democracy, voice and self-determination projects. She is a sitting member to the National Co-Design Group, Australian Government, for developing models for a Voice to Parliament.
‘It is of the highest honour to engage with this level of public service and build on the many Indigenous, and other Australian, voices who are creating the good negotiating environment that allow for transparent, inclusive and diverse democracy.’
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