Liam Brady

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Liam M. Brady is an Associate Professor and Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre. His research is characterized by an innovative research program designed to challenge traditional, western-oriented approaches to interpreting and understanding the archaeological record, generate new insights into deep-time social interaction, and draw attention to new ways of thinking about partnership-based research practice with Indigenous people.

Since 2002 he has built an impressive record of scholarship that emphasizes his skills and expertise in the broad areas of Indigenous archaeology, anthropology and history, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. His research is published in some of the world’s leading presses and featured in key handbooks and top-tier journals that encourage interdisciplinary approaches to studies of human culture.

After being awarded his DPhil from Monash University in 2006 (awarded the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for best doctoral thesis in the Faculty of Arts) he held two successive postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Western Australia (UWA), funded by UWA and the ARC. In 2012 he returned to Monash to take up a position at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre where he lectures on cultural heritage-related issues in a global context (repatriation, heritage management, politics of heritage) as well Indigenous archaeology, the archaeology and anthropology of art, and research methods. In 2014, he was awarded a Monash University Emerging Research Excellence Fellowship, and in 2015 a prestigious Bunting Fellowship from the School for Advanced Research (Santa Fe, New Mexico) exploring contemporary Indigenous relationships with rock art.  

He has carried out archaeological and anthropological research in partnership with Indigenous communities in northern Australia (Torres Strait islands, southwestern Gulf of Carpentaria region, inland Pilbara, and western Arnhem Land), USA (Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico), and Canada (Algonquin Park, Ontario). Liam has also been awarded over 2.5m AUD in external research funding from the Australian Research Council (Discovery Grant program), Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Department of the Environment and Water Resources, and the McArthur River Mine Community Benefits Trust.

His ARC Future Fellowship (2019-2022) project is a partnership with the Palyku Aboriginal community and aims to develop new insights into Australia’s past by telling the story of Aboriginal people’s extraordinary long-term connections and changing relationships with prominent places. The project builds on new deep-time discoveries in the northwest arid zone by conducting archaeological research at highly prominent and distinctive landforms in the eastern Pilbara region (Western Australia). The project aims to analyse rock art and excavated materials from key sites to learn how these places acted as beacons through time to structure and shape people's movements, encounters and connections with others.

Education/Academic qualification

Indigenous Archaeology , DPhil, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Anthropology, BA (Hons), Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)

Research area keywords

  • Archaeology
  • Indigenous Archaeology
  • Rock Art
  • Material Culture
  • Indigenous Australians - history
  • Seascapes
  • Ethnoarchaeology
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Aboriginal history
  • Anthropology

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Projects 2002 2023

Research Output 2002 2019

Kincentric Ecology, Species Maintenance and the Relational Power of Place in Northern Australia

Kearney, A., Bradley, J. & Brady, L. M., 1 Nov 2019, In : Oceania. 89, 3, p. 316-335 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A Place of Substance: Stories of Indigenous Place Meaning in the Southwest Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Australia

Kearney, A. J., Brady, L. M. & Bradley, J. J., 2018, In : Journal of Anthropological Research. 74, 3, p. 360-387 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Recording Rock Art: Strategies, Challenges, and Embracing the Digital Revolution

Brady, L. M., Hampson, J. & Domingo Sanz, I., 2018, The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art. David, B. & McNiven, I. J. (eds.). Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, p. 763-785 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


ARC Future Fellow

Liam Brady (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow

Liam Brady (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Dean's Commendation for Excellence in Teaching

Liam Brady (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Fellow

Liam Brady (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Activities 2003 2018

Australian Archaeology (Journal)

Liam Brady (Peer reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Australian Archaeology (Journal)

Liam Brady (Editorial board member)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

The Cultural Significance of the Woodstock Abydos Protected Reserve

Liam Brady (Director)
2018 → …

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsCollaboration on community projects

Weld Range Archaeology Project

Liam Brady (Director), Bruno David (Director), Lynette Russell (Director)
2018 → …

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsCollaboration on community projects

ARC LP Reviewer

Liam Brady (Reviewer)

Activity: External Academic EngagementGrant review responsibilities