Dr Jennifer Macdonald

B. Sc (Hons) – Human Geography

CDU-CSIRO Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Jennifer is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with CDU and CSIRO, part of the Responsible Innovation Future Science Platform (RI FSP) at CSIRO and with the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society (CIFAS) at CDU. She is interested in data ethics and digital inclusion for remote and regional Australian's and the opportunities and challenges for ethical-AI-driven technologies in environmental decision-making. Her work of co-designing appropriate and acceptable technologies with Indigenous people for environmental management disrupts the idea that autonomous technology is about taking people out of the landscape and out of the loop of design thinking. She is working with Traditional Owners to build Indigenous governance into the loop of innovation design-thinking, and developing methods that ensure young people are benefiting and Traditional Owner authority is respected.

Jennifer has experience working with Traditional Owners and their land and sea enterprises and organisations in Kakadu National Park, South-East Arnhem Land, NT, and the APY Lands, SA. Her background is in Human Geography, with a growing interest in Science and Technology Studies (STS). She completed my doctoral studies with the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL) at CDU, where she focused on building the evidence base to successfully care for Indigenous estates. 

Research Interests

  • Indigenous land and sea management strategies and country-based planning
  • Environmental politics and decision making practices
  • Contemporary practices of knowledge and governance
  • Livelihood aspirations of people in remote Australian communities
  • Indigenous research development
  • ‘Ground Up’ and good faith research practices
  • Human geography

Professional Positions, Memberships & Awards

  • Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, Charles Darwin University
  • Dwight’s Assessment Prize for the highest ranked student in Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geography, University of Melbourne

Link to Research Publications

Jennifer Macdonald


T: (08) 8946 7334
E: jennifermairi.macdonald@cdu.edu.au

Darwin, NT