Affiliated Researchers

The Australian Centre brings together scholars who are interested in contributing to and furthering the Centre's focus on advancing a critical understanding of Australia as a colonial project. Underpinned by our commitment to working in a collaborative manner, the Australian Centre utilises the expertise of each of its members to present a unique and nuanced perspective on the settler state, its culture, institutions, sovereignty and identities.

Craig Ritchie

Craig Ritchie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Elise Klein

Associate Professor Elise Klein

Elise Klein is an Associate Professor in Public Policy at the Crawford School in Public Policy at the Australian National University. Her research focuses on development policy with a specific interest in work, redistribution, decoloniality and care.

Dr Jacynta Krakouer

Jacynta Krakouer (she/her) (BSc, MSW, MSP Melb) is a Mineng Noongar woman originally from southern Western Australia who lives and works on Wurundjeri Country in Naarm. She is a Research Fellow in the Health and Social Care Unit (HSCU) at Monash University. An early career researcher, Jacynta is in the final stages of a PhD Candidature at the University of Melbourne, with expertise in cultural connection for First Nations children and young people in out-of-home care. A social worker by background, she previously worked as an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Social Work at the University of Melbourne. Jacynta's expertise centres around child protection and out-of-home care practices, policies and systems, particularly for First Nations children, young people, families and communities. She is passionate about Indigenous self-determination and Indigenous-led research in these contexts.

Liz Strakosch

Dr Liz Strakosch

Elizabeth Strakosch is a senior lecturer in public policy and governance at University of Queensland, and her work focuses on Indigenous policy, colonialism, political relationships, bureaucracy and new public management. Her research explores the connections between political relationships and policy systems in Australia and other settler contexts. contexts. Elizabeth is a non-Indigenous scholar who aims to carry out politically located research that respects Indigenous sovereignty. Elizabeth is currently working with colleagues at the University of Melbourne on the ARC project Revitalising Indigenous-State Relations and developing a comparative study of Australian and US Indigenous policy relationships.

Lorenzo Veracini

Associate Professor Lorenzo Veracini

Lorenzo Veracini teaches history and politics at Swinburne University of Technology. His research focuses on the comparative history of colonial systems and settler colonialism as a mode of domination. He has authored Israel and Settler Society (2006), Settler Colonialism: A Theoretical Overview (2010), The Settler Colonial Present (2015), and most recently The World Turned Inside Out: Settler Colonialism as a Political Idea (2021). Lorenzo co-edited The Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism (2016), manages the settler colonial studies blog, and is Founding Editor of Settler Colonial Studies.

Associate Professor Morgan Brigg

Morgan Brigg is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies in the School of Political Science and International Studies at The University of Queensland. He is a specialist in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, governance, development and innovative approaches to cross-cultural relations and the politics of knowledge. Morgan’s work facilitates exchange between Western and Indigenous political philosophies and socio-legal orders as part of a wider exploration of the politics of cultural difference, governance, and selfhood. His current research examines how ideas of relationality can be used to a) re-theorise improved engagement with diverse global peoples and traditions, b) de-colonise political science, and c) to advance Indigenous-Settler relations. He regularly writes with Dr Mary Graham on Indigenous governance and Aboriginal political concepts:

Associate Professor Sheryl Lightfoot

Sheryl Lightfoot (PhD – University of Minnesota, Political Science) is Anishinaabe, a citizen of the Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe, enrolled at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Baraga, Michigan. In 2018, Sheryl was appointed to the role of Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs, a position within the First Nations House of Learning. She is an associate professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and the Department of Political Science. Sheryl is Canada Research Chair in Global Indigenous Rights and Politics at the University of British Columbia.