Professor Helen Verran

PhD, B.Sc (Hons)

Senior Researcher 

Helen has had a varied career in the academy, teaching and researching—seven universities, four continents. Before taking up her professorship at Charles Darwin University, Helen spent twenty-five years teaching and researching in History and Philosophy of Science, at the University of Melbourne in Australia. During that time she worked closely with Yolngu Aboriginal knowledge authorities and scientists as they tried to work together in respectful ways. She published many papers on this work.

In the 1980s Helen worked in Nigeria for eight years, learning a lot from the Yoruba teachers she worked with. Her book Science and an African Logic (Univ of Chicago Press, 2001) won several prestigious international prizes. 

Helen has worked in the Northern Territory on and off since 1987. Most of her work has been with Indigenous organisations particularly focussed in Arnhem Land. She has investigated use of digital technologies, environmental management, and provision of education in remote Indigenous settlements.

Nowadays her research is concerned with governance, policy and politics in the areas of environmentalism and indigeneity, in Australia.  She travels to Europe each year to work in Germany, Norway, and Denmark.

In addition to working in several research projects with the Indigenous Knowledge and Governance Team, and supervising PhD students.

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Research Interests

  • Studies in method: narrative, and ethnography in social science research
  • What does governance have to do with culture?

Link to Research Publications

Professor Helen Verran


T: +61 8 8946 7338

Melbourne, VIC & Darwin, NT


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