UNSW has appointed Law Professor Megan Davis, one of Australia’s most respected lawyers specialising in public law, as its first Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous.
A Cobble Cobble Aboriginal woman from southwest Queensland’s Barrungam nation, Professor Davis has worked at UNSW since December 2001 and will help ensure the University fulfils its 2025 Strategy for Indigenous students when she commences 1 June. Her substantial experience includes:
- A wealth of research work focused on reform in constitutional law and violence against Aboriginal women
- Leading the Indigenous Law Centre and its research agenda, including her work on various Australian Research Council (ARC) grants and publishing the Indigenous Law Bulletin
- Being an expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples for six years
- A current Acting Commissioner role on the NSW Land and Environment Court and member of the NSW Sentencing Court
- Being a current member on the Prime Minister’s Referendum Council
- Former membership on the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution.
Professor Davis will focus on showcasing and developing UNSW research excellence across key areas of Indigenous policy that affect communities locally.