Professor Kate Auty joins the University as a VC Fellow

April 14 / 132

Professor Kate Auty, Vice-Chancellor's Fellow.
Professor Kate Auty, Vice-Chancellor's Fellow.

Professor Kate Auty, the former Victorian Government Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability has been appointed as a 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowships were founded in 1997 to provide a residency for distinguished public intellectuals to contribute to the public life of the University. Past Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow appointments include Ms Maxine Mckew, Dr Fiona Stanley and Professor Suzanne Cory.

Professor Auty said she was looking forward to contributing in the areas of environmental policy and management, and environmental public participation. 

“When it comes to climate change the evidence is in and the time for skepticism about the link to greenhouses gases emissions and climate change has passed, its now about implementing more action plans”, she said.

Professor Auty will be involved in writing, speaking and lecturing on Indigenous justice issues at the Melbourne Law School. 

Her former roles include senior lawyer for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (Victoria, Tasmania, WA). She was the inaugural Koori court magistrate in Victoria and set up similar justice procedures in the goldfields of WA.

Professor Auty’s professional worlds of environmental sustainability and Indigenous issues have merged. She works with Aboriginal communities such as the Yorta Yorta Climate Change group.

“I met Aboriginal communities of north east Victoria when I was a very young lawyer at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and continued this relationship into my work as the chair of the Victorian Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation. 

“I plan to document and compare environmental and Indigenous issues associated with red-green tape, institutional management, communication and public participation,” she said.

Professor Auty will commence her position as a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow in April 2014.

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