Dr Richard Martin

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 53170


Richard is a socio-cultural anthropologist in the School of Social Science at UQ. His research focuses on the politics of land, identity, indigeneity, and development in Australia.

Richard has a PhD in social and cultural studies from The University of Western Australia. His PhD research examined relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the remote Gulf Country of northern Australia, where he began fieldwork in 2007. After completing his PhD in 2012, Richard has continued to work in the Gulf Country on a range of academic and applied research projects, continuing to develop friendships and collaborations with Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in this area.

Since joining UQ as a Research Fellow in 2012, Richard has published a range of scholarly articles in leading academic journals, and co-edited a Special Issue of The Australian Journal of Anthropology. He has also carried out extensive research with Indigenous people on native title claims and cultural heritage matters around the Gulf.

Research Impacts

Richard's applied anthropological research has had a significant impact beyond academia. His work has involved participation as an expert researcher on multiple native title claims around the Gulf Country, where his research has contributed towards the successful resolution of legal proceedings relating to Indigenous rights and interests in land and waters. His work on Indigenous cultural heritage matters in the same region has further contributed towards the successful protection of significant sites and areas in the context of economic development, resource extraction, and environmental restoration projects.

Richard has also undertaken applied research into the Indigenous and non-Indigenous history of Gulf Country, and been active in broadly disseminating the results of such work throughout the region.

Indirectly, his published research, including academic book reviews and critiques, has contributed towards public debate about remote livelihoods and futures in Australia.


  • Bachelor of Education, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of New South Wales
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia


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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Martin, Richard J. (2020). Applied Anthropology and Indigenous Land Justice in Australia. AY2019 International Workshop: Call and Response in Indigenous Research: Cases from Australia and Japan, Kyoto, Japan, 15 December 2019. Kyoto, Japan: Ryukoku University Press.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision