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Executive Leadership Advisory Team

Professor Steve Larkin
B.Soc.Wk, M.Soc. Sc, PhD
Chief Executive Officer

Professor Steven Larkin is a Kungarakan man. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Queensland University of Technology, a Master’s degree in Social Science from Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Queensland.

Professor Larkin has served on numerous national advisory committees in Indigenous affairs. He chaired the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Advisory Council (ATSIHEAC) for three years (2009-2012); and continues to provide invaluable input as a member of professional affiliations such as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC), the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN), Beyond Blue, Member of the New Colombo Plan Reference Group and Chair of the Healing Foundation.

Dr Sue Stanton
BA (History), MA (American Indian Studies), PhD (History)
Elder Academic

Kungarakan and Gurindji woman, Dr Sue Stanton, is a Scholar and Poet, Aboriginal Rights Defender and Human Rights Activist. She is a Fulbright Scholar and is a Colonial Historian who serves on a number of national and NT advisory committees across a broad range of national and local affairs, especially design, development and delivery of education programs to improve the quality and standard of education at all levels for the benefit of Aboriginal people.

Dr Stanton has been involved in teaching and research in Aboriginal Education in the higher education sector for 30 years. Dr Stanton has also been a history teacher-educator and researcher. She promotes the development of Aboriginal/First Nations Research and Researchers and insists on best practice in Aboriginal/First Nations research and research training at Batchelor Institute as fundamental component in addressing ongoing socioeconomic inequalities and injustice.

Dr Stanton is dedicated to principles of Aboriginal self-determination through an education that is rooted in land and water-based cultural practices and a commitment to honouring relationships that promote and commit to the health and well-being of Aboriginal communities. Dr Stanton believes that the reconstruction and revolution of representation through the creation of a new literature of writing, theorising and research by Aboriginal scholars must replace current ideologies, attitudes and structures ingrained in Euro-Western thought and practice, such as the measuring of Aboriginal knowledges against western criterion – which can only be described as academic racism and colonialism.