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Ms Emma Gavin

Lecturer, Indigenous Studies


Emma Gavin is a Garrwa Aboriginal woman from the Rrumburriya mob of Garrwa country, on the Calvert River in the Gulf of Carpentaria in Australia’s Northern Territory. Emma is a Lecturer of Indigenous Studies in the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, within the Department of Social Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology. Emma teaches across a range of units within the Indigenous Studies discipline, with a focus on Indigenous voices and representation in teaching materials. Students learn of Indigenous histories and cultures in Australia and globally through an ethical and rigorous examination of the past, coupled with cotemporary Indigenous narratives examined through cultural and political frameworks.

Emma holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of International Relations, with a specialisation in Political Science. Emma is currently completing her PhD by artefact and exegesis in Indigenous Knowledges at Swinburne University. Her PhD is a two-part film, the first part of the film explores the limitations of western academic systems in supporting Indigenous research and Indigenous researchers.  The second part of the film documents in detail a framework for effective consultation practices between researchers and Indigenous communities, to ensure ethical research practices; a new consultation framework entitled: The Yadji (country) Principles to guide consultation practices. The artefact has been filmed on her people’s country in Borroloola, and in Darwin, with Indigenous community and elders and in-studio in Melbourne with Indigenous academics.  Her research focus with Indigenous Northern Territorians provides a unique insight as she both walks through and documents, two worlds (Indigenous and western), and their engagement with each other. 

Research interests

Indigenous Knowledges; Indigenous Creative Writing; Indigenous Realist Writing; Indigenous Health; Indigenous Studies

Teaching areas

Indigenous Studies;Indigenous Knowledges;Global Indigenous Studies;Australian History;Global Imperial and Colonial History;Indigenous Health


Also published as: Gavin, Emma; Gavin, E.
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