Dr Richard Martin

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
r.martin3@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53170

Overview

Richard is a cultural anthropologist in the School of Social Science at UQ. His research focuses on Indigenous land rights and native title, cultural heritage, Australian anthropology, and Australian history and culture.

Richard has a PhD in social and cultural studies from The University of Western Australia. His PhD research examined relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the remote Gulf Country of northern Australia, where he began fieldwork in 2007. After completing his PhD in 2012, Richard has continued to work in the Gulf Country on a range of academic and applied research projects, continuing to develop friendships and collaborations with Indigenous and non-Indigenous people across this area.

Since joining UQ in 2012, Richard has published a range of scholarly articles in leading academic journals as well as the popular book, The Gulf Country: The story of people and place in outback Queensland (Allen & Unwin, 2019). He has also carried out extensive applied research with Indigenous people on native title claims and cultural heritage matters across Australia, and given expert evidence in the Federal Court of Australia.

Research Interests

  • Australian anthropology
  • Indigenous culture and heritage
  • Cultural loss and compensation

Research Impacts

Richard's applied anthropological research has had a significant impact beyond academia. This work has involved participation as an expert researcher on multiple native title claims, where his research has contributed towards the successful resolution of legal proceedings relating to Indigenous rights and interests in land and waters, including in the Kurtjar people's native title claim (Rainbow on behalf of the Kurtjar People v State of Queensland (No 2) [2021] FCA 1251). His work on Indigenous cultural heritage management has further contributed towards the successful protection of significant sites and areas in the context of resource extraction, economic development, and environmental restoration projects.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Western Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Education, University of New South Wales

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • I am interested in supervising projects relating to the issue of compensation and reparations for harm to Indigenous culture and heritage in Australia.

  • I am interested in supervising projects relating to Christianity in Indigenous Australia.

  • I am interested in projects focused on native title and cultural heritage management.

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Martin, Richard J. (2020). Applied Anthropology and Indigenous Land Justice in Australia. AY2019 International Workshop: Call and Response in Indigenous Research: Cases from Australia and Japan, Kyoto, Japan, 15 December 2019. Kyoto, Japan: Ryukoku University Press.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • I am interested in supervising projects relating to the issue of compensation and reparations for harm to Indigenous culture and heritage in Australia.

  • I am interested in supervising projects relating to Christianity in Indigenous Australia.

  • I am interested in projects focused on native title and cultural heritage management.