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Dr Marcus Barber

Principal Research Scientist


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Marcus Barber is an environmental anthropologist in Land and Water. He has 20 years field research experience with Aboriginal Australians, focused on water issues, livelihood development, and building contemporary Indigenous cultural and natural resource management. His postgraduate research in Blue Mud Bay, NT contributed directly to a High Court decision recognising Aboriginal rights to the intertidal zone along the Northern Territory coastline and he has researched and written about Aboriginal freshwater values, rights and interests in key locations in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and Queensland. He has expertise in the interface between scientific and indigenous knowledges, and has co-directed documentary films with Indigenous rangers in the Northern Territory and Cape York. He has published in Human Ecology, the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Ecology and Society, and Settler Colonial Studies.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2005

    Australian National University

  • 1999

    BSc (Hons)
    University of Melbourne

  • 1996

    Bachelor of Arts
    University of Melbourne

Professional Experiences

  • 2019-ongoing

    Principal Research Scientist

Achievements and Awards

  • 2016-Ongoing

    Adjunct Associate Professor
    University of Queensland

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