Director of Research Capability joins the Indigenous Knowledge Institute
The Indigenous Knowledge Institute welcomes Associate-Professor Michael-Shawn Fletcher as Director of Research Capability. Michael is a Wiradjuri man and currently the Assistant Dean (Indigenous) in the Faculty of Science and an academic with the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne.
Michael’s research focuses on long-term interactions between humans, climate, disturbance (such as fire) and vegetation. Earlier this year, Michael worked with the Institute to lead submissions for the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements calling for greater investment in Indigenous land management and cultural burning as a way to prevent catastrophic bushfires.
Alongside his continuing duties in the Faculty of Science, Michael will be responsible for leading Institute initiatives that develop and foster Indigenous knowledge research, spanning graduate research programs, research themes and publication series.