Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Community-based environmental monitoring
  • Aboriginal activism & politics
  • Cultural & linguistic diversity - Australian languages
  • Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Sovereignties
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander education

Available to supervise research students

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About Jillian Marsh

Jillian's professional background includes academic roles (research, teaching, academic support), public and private sector consultancies, Aboriginal Education in schools, community-based research, and environmental health.

Her community-based work and academic expertise is recognised internationally and in Australia – she was awarded the Jill Hudson Environmental Award (SA) in 1998, and the Nuclear Free Futures Award in 2008.  Her doctoral program was in the multi-disciplinary areas of Human Geography, Environmental Studies, Linguistics, and Aboriginal Studies.

Jillian is thought to be the first Adnyamathanha person to graduate from a PhD program.


  • PhD (Environmental Studies)
  • BA (Aboriginal Studies)

Key publications

Year Citation
2022 Nursey-Bray, M., & Marsh, J. (220101). Co-Management and Conservation Below Water in Australia In Guerriero, G. (Ed.) Switzerland: springer.
2021 . (210101). Ruraling Education Research Springer Singapore.

doi: 10.1007/978-981-16-0131-6

2020 Marsh, J., Downes, N., Roberts, P., Reid, J., & Fuqua, M. (200101). Valuing the rural: The ethics of defining, doing and disseminating rural education research SPERA.
2015 Marsh, J., & Sehlin-MacNeil, K. (150101). Indigenous Research across Continents: A Comparison of Ethically and Culturally Sound Approaches to Research in Australia and Sweden In Huijser, H. ;. (Ed.) (pp. 130-137). Batchelor NT: Batchelor Press.

Year Citation
2021 Marsh, J., Daniels-Mayes, S., MacNeil, K., Nursey-Bray, M., & Marsh, J. (210625). Learning through an undisciplined lens: The centring of Indigenous knowledges and philosophies in higher education in Australia and Sweden In MacNeil, K. (Ed.), Paper presented at online program. Society of International Ethnology and Folklore.
2020 Marsh, J. (200711). Bushfires and Dispossession A pathway for repatriation of Indigenous views of climate change ISSRM Conference.
2018 Marsh, J., & Ireland, S. (180812). Building Partnerships on Solid Ground: Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers exploring decolonised healthy research relationships Mental Health Innovation Network.

Year Citation
2021 Macneil, K. S., Danielsmayes, S., Akbar, S., Marsh, J., Wikkarlsson, J., & Ossbo. (210101). Social life cycle assessment used in indigenous contexts: A critical analysis. Sustainability (Switzerland), 13(9),

doi: 10.3390/su13095158

2020 Marsh, J. K., & Green, J. (200701). First nations rights and colonising practices by the nuclear industry: An Australian battleground for environmental justice. Extractive Industries and Society, 7(3), (870-881).

doi: 10.1016/j.exis.2019.01.010

2015 Marsh, J. (150701). A master plan for Indigenous freedom. Open Democracy beyond trafficking and slavery, (1-1).

Research funding for the past 5 years

Funding details for this researcher are currently unavailable.

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor
1 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (1) Principal supervisor

Other supervision of research students

Dr Kristina Sehlin-MacNeil, Ethnology and Saami Studies, Umea University, Sweden; Dr Kathryn Gilbey, Indigenous Education, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, NT Australia; Dr Steve Kelly, Ethnography, Curtin University, WA Australia

Teaching activities & experience

Jillian has a teaching and curriculum building record in academia that includes first-year undergraduate, honours, HDR masterclass and postgraduate coursework. Her teaching focuses primarily on Indigenous Knowledges and Philosophies, Indigenous Research, Indigenous standpoints in Education, and Indigenous Perspectives in Planetary Health. She is an experienced HDR supervisor and mentor in the area of Indigenous research, Indigenous ethics, and Indigenous philosophies.

Currently Jillian is unit coordinator of:


Year Award

Jill Hudson Environmental Award - Conservation Council of South Australia


Nuclear Free Futures Award - Franz Moll Foundation, Munich