Indigenous Researcher, CSIRO
Leah Talbot is currently employed by CSIRO as an Indigenous Researcher. She is a descendant of the Kuku Yalanji People, Indigenous people from Far North Queensland, Australia. Leah has recently completed her PhD, exploring the integration of conservation management and Indigenous knowledge and governance systems. In particular she investigated the conditions that enable Indigenous knowledge to be recognised and supported by Indigenous governance in Protected Areas and undertook a comparative study between the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in Australia and the Laponia World Area in Sweden. Leah has many years of experience in conservation and environmental management, high level Indigenous negotiations and developing collaborative Indigenous research methodologies and participative planning with Indigenous communities. She also has experience in International forums particularly in environment policy, community engagement and Indigenous involvement. Generally, her interests have always included social justice issues, Indigenous peoples rights and responsibilities, environmental issues, protection of cultural and natural resources, and finding ways and methods to develop a better future for our planet and people. Leah is also a current Board Director with the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee to the Minister for Department of Environment and Energy. Leah has a Masters of Science (with a Thesis: Indigenous Land Management Techniques) and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies.