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Dr Francesca Robertson

Research Assistant

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6508, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML15.216
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6508
Facsimile: +61 8 9370 6055
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML15.216  


Francesca is a Senior Research Fellow at Kurongkurl Katitjin.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2015.
  • Bachelor of Social Work, Curtin University of Technology, 2002.


Recent Research Grants

  • Exploring the different and shared experiences of informal and formal grandparent carers in Western Australia,  Lotterywest,  Grant,  2017 - 2021,  $584,145.
  • Western Australian Aboriginal Journeys And Traditional Water Use,  Main Roads WA,  Grant,  2016 - 2019,  $150,000.
  • Yinhawangka Community Survey,  Yinhawangka Aboriginal Corporation,  Tender,  2016 - 2018,  $311,614.
  • Moort Project Phase 2: Windo ngop yinyoong bidi (Old blood, new veins),  University of Western Australia,  NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence: Improving Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children,  2018,  $17,500.
  • Wyalkatchem - the Nyoongar story,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $30,000.
  • Provision of Advisory and Research Services Category 2: Specialist Advice And/Or Research on Aboriginal Matters,  Commissioner for Children and Young People WA,  Tender,  2013 - 2015,  $40,000.
  • Research a design and implement an evaluation of the Rural In-Reach program,  Women's Health Care Association Inc,  Grant,  2012 - 2015,  $31,817.
  • Synergies of Meaning: A documentary film series exploring the relationship and unity between traditional Indigenous Noongar knowledge and western natural and social scientific knowledge.,  Lotterywest,  Grant,  2014 - 2015,  $171,541.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Robertson, F., Nannup, N., Barrow, J., (2019), Great Journeys made by Aboriginal People in Ancient Times., Batchelor, Northern Territory, Batchelor Institute Press.

Journal Articles

  • Hill, B., Robertson, F., Winmar, G., Taraia, T., Casey, T., Lindsay, K., Bennell, D., (2020), The Development of an Evidence Based, Evidence Generating Framework for Enhancing Indigenous Student Success at an Australian University. Journal of the Australia and New Zealand Student Services Association, 28(1), 21-33, Australia/New Zealand, DOI:
  • Robertson, F., Coall, D., McAullay, D., Nannup, A., (2019), Intergenerational influences of hunger and community violence on the Aboriginal people of Western Australia: A review. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 12(2), 1-13, Australia.
  • Robertson, F., Barrow, J., Wajrak, M., Nannup, N., Bishop, C., Nannup, A., (2017), Participatory Action and Dual Lens Research. Qualitative Research Journal, 17(4), 283-293, Bingley, United Kingdom, Emerald Publishing Limited, DOI: 10.1108/QRJ-12-2016-0075.
  • Robertson, F., (2017), Challenging the generational transmission of tobacco smoking: a novel harm reduction approach in vulnerable families. Child and Family Social Work, 22(1), 106-115, UK, John Wiley & Sons, DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12204.
  • Robertson, F., Stasiuk, G., Nannup, N., Hopper, S., (2016), Ngalak koora koora djinang (Looking back together): a Nyoongar and scientific collaborative history of ancient Nyoongar boodja. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 1(1), 40-54, Australia, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Starit Islander Studies.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Robertson, F., Stasiuk, G., Nannup, N., Hopper, S., (2015), Synergies: Walking Together - Belonging to Country. Synergies Walking Together Belonging to Country, State Theatre Perth.
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