Master Class 2 Facilitator

Professor Steven Larkin is a Kungarakany and Yanyula man from Darwin in the Northern Territory, Australia

Professor Larkin is the Pro Vice Chancellor (PVC) for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Newcastle. He was previously the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Indigenous Leadership at Charles Darwin University. Professor Larkin’s appointment as PVC at Charles Darwin University in 2009 was historic as he became the first Aboriginal person to be appointed to a senior executive position at an Australian university. He was also Director of the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE) at CDU.

Professor Larkin holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Queensland University of Technology, a Masters 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 was a member of the Panel for the Behrendt Review on Indigenous higher education in Australia.

Professor Larkin 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)
  • National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN)
  • The Healing Foundation
  • Beyond Blue