Indigenous Knowledge Institute

Institute Staff

Inaugural Director

Professor Aaron Corn has some three decades experience of close collaborations with Indigenous colleagues. He has worked towards broader recognition for the significance of Indigenous knowledge through multiple research and education initiatives, including major grants and fellowships led by Indigenous colleagues.

He has been involved in many collaborative projects with Indigenous colleagues, as well as partners including the Yothu Yindi Foundation, the Mulka Project, and the College of Indigenous Studies at National Dong Hwa University.

His previous work as a lecturer in Australian Indigenous Studies and completion of a PhD at the University of Melbourne involved extensive collaboration with Indigenous colleagues in Arnhem Land, including founders of the band Yothu Yindi and the Yothu Yindi Foundation.

Professor Corn has recently been Director of the National Centre for Aboriginal Language and Music Studies, and the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music, at the University of Adelaide. He has served as a Director of the National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia since 2010, and has previously served on the Australian Research Council College of Experts.

Institute Manager

Aurora Milroy is a Palyku woman from Western Australia, and the Institute Manager at the Indigenous Knowledge Institute. Before joining the University of Melbourne, Aurora was the Advisor, First Peoples Programs and Strategy at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. Aurora has a Masters of Public Policy from the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, as well as a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Western Australia.

Institute advisory

Indigenous Strategy Reference Group

The Indigenous Knowledge Institute is currently governed by a strategic advisory group consisting of senior academic and professional staff from across the University of Melbourne.