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Christopher Lawrence

Associate Dean (Indigenous) | Monash University Faculty of Information Technology

Christopher Lawrence

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Professor Lawrence is a proud Wadjak/Ballardong man from the Noongar Nation of the South West of Western Australia. He also identifies with, and has blood ties to, the Pilbara, Gascoyne and Goldfields regions.Professor Lawrence has a strong track record of creating greater opportunities to support Aboriginal students, staff, partners and community members. He has exemplary experience, networks and academic performance across research, education and engagement – particularly in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.Underpinning his work at Monash is a focus on collaborating with Aboriginal communities in Victoria – using technology and innovation to improve their health, wellbeing and education while fostering more ‘tech-smart’ communities through co-design. Working with researchers across the faculty, he is engaging Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in schools to nurture the next digital and space explorer workforce.Professor Lawrence has successfully integrated Indigenous knowledge systems in curricula and infrastructure, and devised inaugural Indigenous strategies. He also led the development of the first Indigenous Graduate Attribute across STEM in Higher Education, established and directed the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Centre for Indigenous Technology Research and Development, and created the cross-disciplinary SMART Indigenous Community program that co-designed a smart health hub for an Aboriginal Medical Service.

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