Emma Garlett is an Industry Fellow at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the University of Queensland. Emma is a First Nations leader in the resources sector who holds and has held roles in the private sector, minerals industry, legal services, and academia. Previously, Emma practised as a solicitor in planning and environmental law at a top-tier law firm in Perth

Emma has an appointment at Curtin Law School where she has taught Administrative Law and Guest Lectured in legal research methodologies to Honours Law students.

Emma is a member of both the Law Society of Western Australia’s Commercial Law Committee and Indigenous Legal Issues Committee. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Women Lawyers of Western Australia.

She conducts research into Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) standards and metrics, sustainable investment which includes First Nations interests, traditional owner involvement in mining strategy, and the interface of First Nations groups and renewable energy projects and decarbonisation initiatives. She also conducts research into water law, native title, and cultural heritage.

Emma has presented her legal research to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and various international and domestic conferences and events. She is also a recipient of a John Monash Scholarship (the Australian equivalent to a Rhodes and Fulbright Scholarship).

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