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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). Her current research involves working from the ‘Ground Up’ 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.

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Research Output

From Cyclones to COVID-19: Disaster Management from a Yolŋu perspective

Bulkanhawuy, J., Wanambi, G., Spencer, M., Hayashi, Y., Maliku, S. & Gundjarranbuy, R., 30 Apr 2020, Northern Institute.

Research output: Other contributionOther types of outputs

Open Access

Un/common grounds: Tracing politics across worlds

Dányi, E. & Spencer, M., 1 Mar 2020, In : Social Studies of Science. 50, 2, p. 317-334 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Asymmetries and Climate Futures: Working with Waters in an Indigenous Australian Settlement

    Spencer, M., Danyi, E. & Hayashi, Y., Sep 2019, In : Science, Technology and Human Values. 44, 5, p. 786-813 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Choreographies of Magic and Mess: AusSTS in Melbourne and Darwin

    Macdonald, J., Howey, K., Spencer, M., Bow, C., Schuberg, E. L., Norrington, L. R. & Campbell, M. J., 21 Aug 2019

    Research output: Other contributionOther types of outputs

    Open Access

    State-Funded Services Delivery as Cosmopolitical Work: Opportunities for Postdevelopment in Practice in Northern Australia?

    Spencer, M., 2019, Postdevelopment in Practice : Alternatives, Economies, Ontologies. Klien, E. & Morreo, C. (eds.). Routledge, p. 203-216 14 p. (Routledge Critical Development Studies).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Thesis

    An ethnography of growing old in Darwin

    Author: Stuart, S. E., Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Verran, H. (Supervisor), Gibb, H. (Supervisor) & Spencer, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Masters by Research - CDU


    The importance of including Indigenous knowledge in pre-service teacher education

    Author: Woodroffe, T., Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Wallace, R. (Supervisor) & Spencer, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU