Dr Michaela Spencer

Ph.D, M.A., B.Sc/B.A

Research Fellow

Michaela is a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University. Her background is in environmental science, sociology, geography and Science and Technology Studies (STS), with her doctoral studies focusing on recent practices of environmental management and governance in Tasmania.

Her current research involves working from the ‘GroundUP’ with Indigenous knowledge authorities, and differing traditions of knowledge and governance. This involves collaborative research for policy development, and engaging with government, service providers, university staff and Indigenous people in remote communities. So far this research has been focused around issues such as disaster resilience, emergency management, governance and leadership, remote engagement and coordination, volunteering and women’s health and wellbeing. Michaela also facilitates the Indigenous Community-based Researcher Micro-credential program/s. 

This work drives her current interest in how social science may recognise itself as an active participant in contemporary governance practices, and as working at the interface of differing means for knowing and governing Australian people-places.  

Research Interests

  • Contemporary practices of knowledge and governance
  • Contemporary environmental politics
  • Indigenous research development
  • Collaborative services design
  • Ethnography
  • STS


  • Asia Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network (APSTSN)
  • Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)
  • European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)
  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)
  • The Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom


  • Australian Postgraduate Award, Melbourne University
  • Overseas Research Students Award Scheme (ORSAS), Lancaster University
  • Commonwealth Scholarship, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK
  • Ronayne Prize for the equal best First Class Honours result in the Bachelor of Arts in Science and Technology Studies, UNSW

Link to Research Publications

Michaela Spencer


T: +61 8 8946 7251
E: michaela.spencer@cdu.edu.au

Darwin, NT 


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