Professor Steven Larkin

Professor Steven Larkin

Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Education and Research, University of Newcastle

 Professor Steven Larkin is a Kungarakany man from Darwin in the Northern Territory. He is one of Australia’s foremost Indigenous academic leaders, and is the University of Newcastle’s first Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Education and Research. A role he has held since 2016.

In his current role Professor Larkin has a cross-institutional executive leadership role with responsibility for embedding and championing Indigenous education and research throughout the University, and for overseeing the work of UON’s flagship Wollotuka Institute.

Professor Larkin will join UON from Charles Darwin University (CDU), where he has led the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education and occupied the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership since 2009.

Professor Larkin holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Queensland University of Technology, a Master’s degree in Social Science from Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Queensland.

Professor Larkin has served on numerous national advisory committees in Indigenous Affairs. He has chaired the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Advisory Council or ATSIHEAC (then Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council) for three years (2009-2012); and continues to provide invaluable input as a member of several well-respected professional affiliations which include:

  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Advisory Council (ATSIHEAC)
  • National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN)
  • Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
  • The Healing Foundation
  • Beyond Blue