Dr Jackie Gould


Research Fellow

Jackie received her PhD in Anthropology from the ANU in 2011. Her thesis examined the ways in which Indigenous Territorians engage with enterprise development as a means of pursuing self-defined community development agendas, and the different sets of values, social and economic practices, and contemporary modes of being, which inform this engagement. 

From 2008 to 2014 she worked at the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority, the statutory body created under the Northern Territory Aboriginal Sacred Sites Act. As a Research Office/Anthropologist and then as Research Manager, she worked collaboratively with traditional custodians from across the Arnhem Land coast to assist in the documentation and protection of their sacred sites. During this time she worked with several Indigenous land and sea management groups, and has moved to CDU in order to pursue new collaborative projects with these groups. Her current research focuses on Indigenous knowledge of the marine environment, and the management strategies deployed by coastal Indigenous groups. 

Research Interests

  • Contemporary issues affecting the management of Indigenous ‘saltwater country’
  • Contemporary Indigenous relationships to country, country-based planning, and land and sea management strategies
  • Indigenous marine knowledge
  • Livelihood aspirations of people living in remote North Australian communities
  • Emerging trends in Indigenous governance
  • Collaborative management of marine resources by government, industry and Indigenous sectors
  • Participatory Action Research/participatory mapping

Recent Research Projects

Cultural Mapping of the Layhapuy Indigenous Protected Area (IPA): using participatory cultural mapping methodologies, this research – in collaboration with Traditional Owners and the Yirralka Rangers – is identifying sites of cultural and ecological significance in Northern Blue Mud Bay.  

Crocodile Islands Maringa IPA Planning and Consultations: collaborative research with the Crocodile Islands Rangers and TOs to: identify land and sea management priorities within the proposed Crocodile Islands Maringa IPA; develop an IPA Plan of Management for the strategic pursuit of the identified management priorities; liaise with government and industry stakeholders to collaboratively manage the marine components of the IPA; and seek formal government recognition of the IPA.

Laynhapuy IPA Stage 2 Dedication: research to map out opportunities for collaborative management of the marine components of the Laynhapuy Stage 2 IPA.  This project involves engagement with a broad range of government (NT and Federal), commercial, community, statutory authority, NGO, and other marine stakeholders, to inform the development of a collaborative management framework for the sea country components of the Laynhapuy Stage 2 IPA.

Djelk Sea Country IPA Dedication: research to map out opportunities for collaborative management of the Djelk IPA.  This will involve stakeholder engagement and the development of a collaborative governance framework as per the Laynhapuy Stage 2 project (above).

Mapping Indigenous Ecological Knowledge of the Anindilyakwa Sea Country IPA: collaborative research project with the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences (AIMS) and Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) to identify Traditional Owner knowledge of the marine environment in parallel with an AIMS/ALC benthic mapping of the marine environment around Groote Eylandt.

Warruwi Fisheries & Aquaculture Knowledge Project, delivering sustainable futures and protecting Warruwi's marine and coastal areas. For now, and for the generations after us. http://yagbaniac14.wix.com/aquacultureknowledgeproject

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Associate Supervision

  • Rens van der Vegt
  • Harriet Davis (UWA)

Link to Research Publications

Dr Jackie Gould


T: +61 8 8946 6652
E: jackie.gould@cdu.edu.au

Casuarina Campus, CDU
Darwin NT

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