Professor Marcia Langton AM PhD Macq U, BA (Hons) ANU, FASSA, has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at The University of Melbourne since February 2000. As an anthropologist and geographer, Professor Langton has made a significant contribution to government and non-government policy as well as to Indigenous studies at three universities. Her research concerns Indigenous relationships with place, land tenure and environmental management, agreement-making and treaties in the Northern Territory and Cape York Peninsula.
Her work in anthropology and the advocacy of Aboriginal rights was recognised in 1993 when she was made a member of the Order of Australia. In 2001, Marcia Langton became a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and was awarded the inaugural Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Teacher of the Year in 2002. She was installed as a Fellow of Trinity College in 2012.
In November 2012, Professor Langton delivered the annual Boyer Lectures. Titled The Quiet Revolution and the Resources Boom, the lectures explored the dependency of Aboriginal businesses and non-for-profit corporations on the resources industry and their resultant vulnerability to economic downtowns.
She is the editor of Community Futures, Legal Architecture: Foundations for Indigenous Peoples in the Global Mining Boom , published by Routledge 2012.