The project seeks to map the diverse uses of Indigenous knowledge and support its future potential. This promises equity for knowledge custodians and to help prevent cultural misappropriations. 

Using innovative fieldwork and community-based methods, we examine customary laws regulating Indigenous knowledge and biocultural diversity. Our research will be used to develop and test community protocols and related tools to help regulate Indigenous knowledge use. We analyse the social, environmental and legal contexts in which Indigenous knowledge is collected, used and regulated.

Our research assists custodians and other users of Indigenous knowledge to meet their obligations under the 2014 Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biodiversity. This contributes to new ways of protecting and promoting Indigenous knowledge in Australia and the Pacific into the future.

Funding agency

Australian Research Council / Discovery Project (DP180100507)


•    Associate Professor Daniel Robinson
•    Dr Margaret Raven