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Dr Emma Lee

Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., University of Tasmania, Australia


Dr Emma Lee is a trawlwulwuy woman of tebrakunna country, north-east Tasmania, Australia.  She is an Associate Professor (Indigenous Leadership) and co-established the RegionxLink program office in Burnie, Tasmania, for the Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology.  Her research fields over the last 25 years have focused on Indigenous affairs, land and sea management, policy and governance of Australian regulatory environments. Dr Lee’s work in Tasmania has assisted in constitutional reform, the first joint management plan of a protected area and establishing a market for cultural fisheries.

In 2021, she became the first Indigenous Australian editor of a Best Practice Guideline for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In 2021, Emma was a finalist for Australian of the Year - Tasmania. In 2018 she became the first Aboriginal Tasmanian recipient of the University of Tasmania’s Foundation Graduate Award and in 2020 the inaugural recipient of the William Jonas Award, Institute of Australian Geographers.  In 2019, she was awarded The Australian Sociological Association’s Most Distinguished Paper Award for an ECR.  Dr Lee has previously won prestigious fellowships to study in Europe and Asia.  In 2020 she was appointed by the Federal Government to the National Co-Design Group, Indigenous Voice.

Research interests


PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Social Impact And Program Evaluation - 450522
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Land And Water Management - 450306
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Politics - 450521


  • 2021, International, Wakayama University Visiting Research Fellowship, Wakayama University, Japan
  • 2020, National, The William Jonas Award, Institute of Australian Geographers
  • 2019, Swinburne, Research Impact Award, Swinburne University
  • 2019, National, Most Distinguished Peer-Reviewed Paper by an Early Career Researcher, The Australian Sociological Association
  • 2019, National, 2019 Best Paper Award, Centre For Social Impact (National)
  • 2018, International, Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellowship, University of Tokyo
  • 2018, Other, Foundation Graduate Award, University of Tasmania
  • 2016, National, Endeavour Award, AZTI Tecnalia


Also published as: Lee, Emma; Lee, E.; Lee, E. (tebrakunna country); Lee, E. J.; Lee, E. J. (tebrakunna country); Lee, Emma (tebrakunna country); Lee, Emma J.; Lee, Emma J. (tebrakunna country); Lee, Emma M.; Lee, Emma M. (tebrakunna country); tebrakunna country
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Blue Economy CRC - Cultural licence to operate in the Blue Economy (BE CRC Project 5.20.006) *; Blue Economy CRC-CO Ltd Fund Scheme
  • 2022: ‘Reset the Relationship’: modelling a Voice to Parliament in Tasmania *; Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • 2020: Making policy reform work: a comparative analysis of social procurement *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2020: Unlocking Potential for Indigenous Women’s Entrepreneurship, Economic Empowerment and Leadership *; Menzies Foundation Partnerships

* Chief Investigator

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