Anthropologist and geographer

Distinguished Professor Marcia Langton AO FTSE FASSA

Marcia Langton


Distinguished Professor Marcia Langton AO FTSE FASSA

Distinguished Professor Marcia Langton is a descendant of the Iman people of Central and South Western Queensland. 

She is an anthropologist, geographer and public intellectual, and has made an enormous contribution to Australia.

Marcia is recognised internationally for her ground-breaking work modernising the mining industry’s engagement with Indigenous people, particularly in the difficult area of negotiating and settling agreements.

Her research has established a body of data examining public and private sector practices of negotiation and settlement with Indigenous groups in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and elsewhere. This innovative approach, incorporating detailed case studies of good practice models, extended analysis of agreement-making into new territory, informing practitioners and scholars worldwide.

Marcia has contributed to education policy nationally, and established new courses of study at universities, ensuring the inclusion of Indigenous students and Indigenous knowledge in education. This work is driven by the recognition of education’s critical role in Aboriginal cultural survival.

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Anthropology, Indigenous studies

ATSE Division

Role and organisation (at time of election)
Foundation Chair of Indigenous Studies & Associate Provost
The University of Melbourne

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Distinguished Professor Marcia Langton AO FTSE FASSA was elected a Fellow of the Academy in 2021.

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