Scientific Advisory Committee chair

Jim Walker is an Aboriginal man of the Yiman and Goreng Goreng First Nations peoples of Australia.

He is a lecturer within the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences within the Faculty of Science at the University of Queensland. He is also a member of the Science Advisory Committee of Earthwatch Australia; Interim Chair of the First Nations Advisory Team for the Cooperative Research Centre on Transformation in Mining Economies; Member of the Science Advisory Committee for Australia’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Network; Member of the Queensland Chief Scientist’s Native Vegetation Scientific Expert Panel; and a Member of the Board of Advice for the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation.

He has been involved in advocating for the rights of Indigenous Peoples in excess of 20 years both in Australia and internationally. He has worked within the Australian Government at executive and senior management level in Indigenous affairs and was former Manager, Office of Indigenous Engagement at CSIRO.

He has been involved in development and implementation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research, policies, and programs in the fields of environment protection, science research, housing and community infrastructure, social justice, education, health, economic development, Indigenous rights advocacy, and Indigenous cultural protection.