The work of Maiam nayri Wingara Indigenous Data Sovereignty Collective is overseen by a core working group. The members INCLUDE: 

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Associate Professor Ray Lovett

NHMRC Research Fellow and Program Leader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Epidemiology for Policy and Practice

ANU College of Health and Medicine

Raymond Lovett (Wongaibon/Ngiyampaa) is an Associate Professor and leader of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health program at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Research School of Population Health, The Australian National University. Ray is a social epidemiologist with extensive experience in health services research, public health policy development and health program evaluation. He is a founding member of the Indigenous Data Sovereignty group in Australia (Maiam Nayri Wingara) and is a member of the International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Interest group at the Research Data Alliance.


Professor Maggie Walter

Professor of Sociology and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Aboriginal Research and Leadership at the University of Tasmania.

Professor Maggie Walter is a Palawa woman and sociologist whose research is focused on race relations, inequality, research methods and methodologies. She is the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor of Aboriginal Research and Leadership at the University of Tasmania. Professor Walter is passionate about improving the position of Aboriginal people in Australian society and changing the dynamics around race relations. Professor Walter is widely published in her fields of research. She is the editor and co-author of the best-selling Social Research Methods  and co-author of Inequality in Australia: Discourses, Realities and Directions and Indigenous Statistics: a quantitative methodology.


Associate Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews

Associate Professor, Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges

Core Member, SIC - Strengthening Indigenous Communities

Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews, of the D'harawal nation, is a researcher and lecturer whose outputs are increasingly encapsulating and promoting Aboriginal Australian standpoints and perspectives across a diversity of disciplines (most notably education and psychology). He has managed and led numerous research grants investigating a diversity of topics including, mental health, mentoring, identity, Traditional Knowledges, education, racism, and bullying. His projects have led to the development of a strong foundation in developing robust and diverse research designs, with an increasing dedication to Indigenous Research Methodologies. From this framework, he is continually developing his experience in applying quantitative and qualitative methods within his scholarly work. His research has also attracted a number of national and international awards (including the AARE Betty-Watts Indigenous Researcher award), and he has produced the Healing the Wounds of the Heart documentary focusing on developing resiliency against racism ( for Aboriginal youth.


dr Professor vanessa lee

Snr Lecturer Behavioural and Social Sciences │
Faculty of Health Sciences
Director - Suicide Prevention Australia
Chair - Public Health Indigenous Leaders in Education Network
Honorary Associate - National Centre for Cultural Competence

Vanessa Lee (Yupungathi and Meriam people, Cape York and the Torres Strait), is a social epidemiologist and senior academic within the discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Sydney. Vanessa’s overarching focus addresses the social issues of the burden of disease to break the cycle of inequality that potentially lead to suicide in First Nations communities, and to strengthen the health and wellness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural identity, particularly for women. She is a founding member of the Indigenous Data Sovereignty group in Australia - Maiam Nayri Wingara.