Associate Professor Liam Brady

Associate Professor & ARC Future Fellow


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Liam M. Brady is an Associate Professor and Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow. His research is characterized by an innovative research program designed to challenge traditional, western-oriented approaches to interpreting and understanding the archaeological record, generate new insights into deep-time social interaction, and draw attention to new ways of thinking about parternship-based research practice with Indigenous people. 

Since 2002 he has built an impressive record of scholarship that emphasizes his skills and expertise in the broad areas of Indigenous archaeology, anthropology and history, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. His research is published in some of the world's leading presses and featured in key handbooks and top-tier journals that encourage interdisciplinary approaches to studies of human culture.

After being awarded his DPhil from Monash University in 2006 (awarded the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for best doctoral thesis in the Faculty of Arts) he held two successive postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Western Australia (UWA) funded by UWA and the ARC. In 2012 he returned to Monash to take up a position at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre where he lectured on cultural heritage-related issues in a global context (repatriation, heritage management, politics of heritage) as well as Indigenous archaeology, the archaeology and anthropology of art, and research methods. In 2014 he was awarded a Monash University Emerging Research Excellence Fellowship, and in 2015 a prestigious Bunting Fellowship from the School for Advanced Research (Santa Fe, New Mexico) exploring contemporary Indigenous relationships with rock art. 

His ARC Future Fellowship (2019-2022) project is a partnership with the Palyku Aboriginal community and aims to develop new insights into Australia's past by telling the story of Aboriginal people's extraordinary long-term connections and changing relationships with prominent places. The project builds on new deep-time discoveries in the northwest arid zone by conducting archaeological research at highly prominent and distinctive landforms in the eastern Pilbara region (Western Australia). The project aims to analyse rock art and excavated materials from key sites to learn how these places acted as beacons through time to structure and shape people's movements, encounters and connections with others. 

He is also the Lead Chief Investigator of the ARC Linkage project: Investigating the archaeological values of Marra cultural heritage sites (2024-2008). This project is a collaboration with Marra Families, the Parks & Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory, the McArthur River Mine Community Benefits Trust, Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Indigenous Corporation, and a team of researchers from Flinders, Monash, JCU, UWA, and San Diego State University. We are investigating the archaeological landscape of Limmen National Park to inform the creation of a cultural heritage management plan. It builds on a long-standing relationship with the Marra and the urgency to preserve their cultural knowledge associated with the Park. The project will use a two-way thinking methodology, combining contemporary Aboriginal knowledge with archaeological and anthropological data to understand the meaning of the archaeological record for Aboriginal people today.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Monash University

Award Date: 1 Apr 2006

Bachelor (Honours), Wilfrid Laurier University

Award Date: 29 Jun 2001


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Research Areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Indigenous studies

Supervisory Interests

  • Indigenous archaeology
  • Cultural heritage management
  • Anthropological archaeology
  • History, Indigenous
  • Australian Indigenous art and material culture
  • Australian museums and indigenous people
  • Contact archaeology
  • Indigenous Australian art
  • Indigenous cultural heritage
  • Anthropology
  • Rock Art


  • CC Archaeology
  • Archaeology
  • Rock Art
  • Material Culture
  • Seascapes
  • Ethnoarchaeology
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Aboriginal History
  • Anthropology
  • Ethnography
  • Indigenous Knowledge
  • Decolonisation


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