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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 a key architect of the Tasmanian Government's ‘Reset the Relationship’ whole-of-government strategy, contributing to shaping of the first joint management plan of a protected area in Tasmania, constitutional reform and establishing a market for cultural fisheries in Tasmania. For this work she was awarded the UTAS Foundation Graduate Award in 2018 for exceptional community outcomes and high-quality research, is Swinburne’s Faculty of Business and Law 2019 recipient for their Research Impact Award and won two national Best Paper Awards in 2019, including 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.

Dr Lee is currently a sitting member to the National Co-Design Group, Australian Government, for developing models for a Voice to Parliament.

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


Also published as: Lee, Emma; Lee, E.; Lee, E. J.; Lee, Emma J.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2020: Unlocking Potential for Indigenous Women's Entrepreneurship, Economic Empowerment and Leadership *; Menzies Foundation Partnerships
  • 2018: Wave to Plate: Establishing a market for Tasmanian aboriginal cultural fisheries *; University of Tasmania

* Chief Investigator