Professor Sarah Holcombe

Sarah Holcombe


Principal Research Fellow


Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining/ Sustainable Minerals Institute

Areas of research & interest:

  • Behaviour change
  • Circular economy
  • Climate change
  • Communities & society
  • Critical minerals & resources
  • Energy & fuels
  • Environment
  • First Peoples
  • Land use & planning
  • Policy & regulation
  • Social issues
  • Sustainability


  • Agriculture & environment
  • Communities in transition
  • Energy & infrastructure
  • First Nations
  • Industry & business solutions
  • Policy & regulation
  • Technology solutions
  • Land Use & Regional Planning

Research Institution:


Associate Professor Sarah Holcombe has more than 20 years’ experience in applied and academic research with Indigenous Australians. In her formative years, she worked as a regional anthropologist for the two major Northern Territory Land Councils. Most of Sarah’s research has remained focused on working and collaborating with Aboriginal people in the NT and other remote areas, including the Pilbara and Kimberley regions in WA. She has undertaken research on and published widely on a diverse range of issues in the Indigenous Australian context, including; human rights and intersectional challenges to implementation, extractive industries and sustainable development, social exclusion, marginality and post-coloniality, gender violence, Aboriginal community governance and service delivery in remote settlements and the ethical governance of Intellectual Property and collaborative knowledges.