PROF Marcia Langton

PROF Marcia Langton


  • Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Alcohol Management Plans (Harm Minimisation)
  • Anthropology (Australian land tenure, social organisation, cultural values)
  • Australian Indigenous Studies (Australian land tenure, land rights, native title, resource extraction industry and corporate social responsibility)



  • Professor Marcia Langton AM is an anthropologist and geographer, and since 2000 has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. She has produced a large body of knowledge in the areas of political and legal anthropology, Indigenous agreements and engagement with the minerals industry, and Indigenous culture and art. Her role in the Empowered Communities project under contract to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and as a member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians are evidence of Professor Langton's academic reputation, policy commitment and impact, alongside her role as a prominent public intellectual. Her 2012 Boyer lectures titled: The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the Resources Boom is one of her recent contributions to public debate, and have added to her influence and reputation in government and private sector circles. In 1993, she was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her work in anthropology and the advocacy of Aboriginal rights. Professor Marcia Langton is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of Trinity College, Melbourne and an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College at The University of Queensland. In 2016 Professor Langton is honoured as a University of Melbourne Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor. As further recognition as one of Australia's most respected Indigenous Academics, in 2017 Professor Marcia Langton is appointed as the first Associate Provost at the University of Melbourne.   

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Member of

  • Commonwealth Review of Indigenous Training and Employment Programmes. Member 2013 -
  • Empowered Communities Project (Jawun Indigenous Partnerships). Advisor 2013 -
  • Australian Employment Covenant. Advisory Committee 2011 -
  • Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council. Patron 2011 -
  • Murrup Barak Institute of Indigenous Development Associates Forum, The University of Melbourne. Member 2010 -
  • Rotary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Indigenous Scholarships. Advisory Committee 2010 -
  • Yothu Yindi Foundation. Advisor 2005 -
  • Australian Anthropological Society. Member 2000 -
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Member 2000 -
  • Institute of Australian Geographers. Member 2000 -
  • Expert Panel on the Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians. Member 2011 - 2012
  • Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership. Chair 2004 - 2009
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Advisory Council. Chair 2002 - 2005
  • Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Anthropologist 1989 - 1991


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, Macquarie University 2005
  • BA (Hons), The Australian National University 1984

Awards and honors

  • Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, The University of Melbourne, 2016
  • Macquarie University Alumni Award For Distinguished Service, 2009, 2009
  • Shortlisted for 2009 Prime Ministers Prize For Australian History for First Australians, 2009
  • The Victorian Premiers Literary Awards, Alfred Deakin Prize For Best Essay Enhancing Public Debate, 2007, 2007
  • Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2001
  • Member of the Order of Australia, AM, 1993



Available for supervision

  • Y