Dr Siobhan McDonnell: Advocating for our most vulnerable

There are fundamental areas of disadvantage and vulnerability around us all that Dr Siobhan McDonnell from the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific has dedicated her life to researching and advocating.

Dr McDonnell is a Lecturer in the Crawford School of Public Policy in the Resources, Environment and Development team, and a is a lawyer and an anthropologist.

As a self-proclaimed activist scholar, Dr McDonnell has more than 20 years of experience working with Indigenous people in Australia and the Pacific on climate change, land, resource management, environment and development issues.

She was a contributor to the Group of Eight’s recent COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery - A Report for the Nation, which explored a future pathway for Australia from the very best academics and specialists.

Dr McDonnell says transformative social and climate change is possible and she speaks with us about her research work in gender, climate justice, Indigenous Australia, and developing equitable policies as the region recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research priorities at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific reflect challenges facing the world today. If you are interested and able to support this important work, please consider a donation.


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