Brendan Kennedy

Melbourne Enterprise Principal Fellow in Cultural Economies and Sustainability, Life Course Centre of Excellence


Brendan Kennedy is a Tati Tati and Wadi Wadi Traditional Owner who has deep knowledge and extensive work experience in the areas of Indigenous culture, language, art, science and advocacy.

Brendan is the current Co-Chair of the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Language; a Tati Tati delegate and Vice Chair of Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN) where he has been instrumental in elevating the profile of  First Nations Water Rights in the Murray Darling Basin; a member of the First Peoples Yulendj Group, who collaborated with Museum Victoria to produce the award-winning First Peoples exhibition; and has served on the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee.

Brendan also works with a range of government and regulatory agencies to enable opportunities and outcomes for Indigenous communities. This includes the Murray Darling Basin Authority, Departments of Environment and Planning in NSW and VIC and the Commonwealth and Victorian Water Holders.

In his role as Melbourne Enterprise Principal Fellow in Cultural Economies and Sustainability with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Lifecourse (Life Course Centre) Brendan will liaise with the community, and work with the researchers at the Life Course Centre Places Program and key stakeholders to facilitate research and engagement on the themes of cultural economies, wellbeing and the environment, as well as lead research and engagement on Indigenous use and occupancy mapping over the life course.

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