Gemma Wickens

M.Sc (Law and Environmental Science), M.Sc (Tropical Urban and Regional Planning), B.Sc (Hons) Marine Biology

PhD Candidate

Gemma is from England where a fondness for the sea led her to study Marine Biology and work managing scuba diving businesses. She then joined the British Marine and Fisheries Science Unit, which translates science and policy between researchers and policy makers.

Gemma came to Australia in 2007 on holiday but never left. She became interested in sea country planning after a trip to Cape York and was privileged to work with the staff and members of Jabalbina Aboriginal Corporation to look at sea country planning. Gemma moved to Darwin in 2013 to start a PhD with the Northern Institute on a Collaborative Research Network Scholarship.

PhD Project Title

Commercial Aboriginal Fishing in the Northern Territory

Research Interests

  • Aboriginal property rights
  • Marine management
  • Tropical planning


Professor Ruth Wallace, Principal (Northern Institute)
Dr Linda Ford (Northern Institute)
Dr Sharon Harwood (James Cook University)

Gemma Wickens


T: +61 8 8946 7326

Darwin, NT