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Dr Leah Talbot was supported by CSIRO to undertake her PhD, in the area of investigating conservation and Indigenous governance, knowledge, rights and interests in Protected Areas, in Australia and in Sweden. Leah has experience in conservation and environmental management, high level Indigenous negotiations and developing collaborative Indigenous research methodologies, participative planning with Indigenous communities. She also has experience in International forums particularly in environment policy, community engagement and Indigenous involvement. Her employment history incorporates extensive time working with Indigenous community organisations in the areas of native title, cultural heritage, protection of significant cultural sites, oral and community history, and natural and cultural resource management. Generally, her interests have always included social justice issues, Indigenous peoples rights and responsibilities, environmental issues, protection of cultural and natural resources, and finding ways and methods to develop a better future for our planet and people. Leah is also a Board Director with the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Leah also has a Masters of Science (with the thesis topic Indigenous Land Management Techniques Thesis) and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences. Leah has spent time living in Costa Rica, and has travelled extensively throughout South America and other parts of the world. Leah is also an Aboriginal descendant of the Kuku Yalanji People, Indigenous people from Far North Queensland, Australia.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2018

    James Cook University

  • 2015

    Professional Certificate - Indigenous Research Methodolgies - First Class Honours
    Melbourne University

  • 2005

    Masters of Science
    James Cook University

  • 1996

    Bachelor of Science in Australian Environment Science
    Griffith University

Professional Experiences

  • 2003-2013

    Program Officer
    Australian Conservation Foundation

  • 1999-2001

    Native Title Program Officer
    Brisbane City Council

  • 1998-1998

    Research Officer
    Department of Families, Youth and Community

  • 1997-1998

    Native Title Research Officer
    Goolburri Aboriginal Corporation Land Council

  • 1995-1997

    Native Title Research Officer
    FAIRA Aboriginal Corporation

Achievements and Awards

  • 2002-2005

    Scholarship holder
    Rainforest Co-operative Research Centre


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