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Dr Emma Lee

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellow
Ph.D., University of Tasmania, Australia



Dr Emma Lee is a trawlwulwuy woman of tebrakunna country, north-east Tasmania, Australia.  She is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Research Fellow at 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 has published in diverse journals ranging from Biological Reviews to Annals of Tourism Research.  She is the 2018 recipient of the University of Tasmania’s Foundation Graduate Award and one of Swinburne’s 2019 Research Impact Award alumni.  In 2019, she was the recipient of The Australian Sociological Association’s Most Distinguished Paper Award for an ECR and shared authorship for the Centre for Social Impact’s (National) Best Paper Award.  Dr Lee has previously won prestigious fellowships to study in Europe and Asia.

Dr Lee is a key architect of the Tasmanian Government’s Reset the Relationship strategy, a whole-of-government initiative to make sweeping reforms for Indigenous rights.  Her work has assisted in the first joint management plan of a protected area in Tasmania and establishing an Indigenous fishery food tourism industry through rights to access marine resources.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.


  • 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