PhD scholarship prioritises Indigenous Land Management

Monday, 26 April 2021

Last year’s devastating bushfires prompted calls for a closer look at how Indigenous people have managed the land for generations.

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Community member Joss De Iuliis, inspired by conversations with Ikara-Flinders Ranges Challenge trekker and University of Newcastle Conjoint Professor, Joe Herbertson, was keen to help find ways to combine traditional Indigenous knowledge with cutting- edge scientific research for the benefit of us all.

As a result, Joss has provided generous philanthropic support to create the Kau-tilliko PhD Scholarship, named with an Awabakal word for assembling together. It will pave the way to explore Indigenous land management in the context of commercial innovations in regenerative agriculture and carbon build up in soils today; and provide meaningful opportunities for Indigenous Australians to lead the investigations. We thank Joss and Joe for their vision and commitment to this shared understanding.

To find out more about supporting Indigenous-led research projects, contact Connor Brown on 02 4921 8612 or

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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.