Season 1, Episode 7: Dr Marlene Longbottom

“As an Aboriginal student in these situations you do sit on a knife’s edge, and you can fall either way” (15)

My guest for Season 1, Episode 7 is the remarkable DR MARLENE LONGBOTTOM

In this episode we yarn up about:

  • The value fo connection, mentorship, and uplifting/supporting mob in the academy and community
  • What does being a ‘post-doc’ mean?
  • Working in Hawai’i
  • The Australian bushfire crisis, and how Dr Longbottom contributed to mobilising community support via social media



Guest Bio

Dr Marlene Longbottom is a Yuin woman, from Roseby Park mission (Jerrinja) and is the inaugural Aboriginal Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Ngarruwan Ngadju First Peoples Health & Wellbeing Research Centre, based within the Australian Health Services Research Institute at the University of Wollongong. Her research experience spans over a decade where she has co-designed, implemented community-based research and evaluation projects. Dr Longbottom has extensive working experience in the health and human services sector with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in urban, regional and remote communities, in additional to conducting research that is of benefit and priority driven by the community. Dr Longbottom’s approach to research is emancipative, it unapologetically centers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through a social justice lens, that is informed by critical Indigenous Feminism, Indigenous Research Methodologies, critical theory, Critical Race Theory, Black Feminism and Intersectionality. Dr Longbottom’s focus is to ensure those often considered to be on the margins are centered. Their stories and voices told and heard through the research she conducts.


Her Postdoctoral work, is a cross national study between Australia and United States, that is seeking to understand the service system responses to violence and trauma experienced by Aboriginal Australians in NSW and Native Hawaiians in Hawai’i, United States. She is currently the International Visiting Scholar based within the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa.


For an early career researcher Dr Longbottom’s track record includes publishing in international and national journals, her work is recognised internationally having been invited to universities in the United States, while also being part of multiple nationally competitive grants totalling over $5 million. Marlene has and is also leading her own research, on an international comparative study with her Postdoctoral work and is currently an Investigator on an Australian Research Council grant developing a Place Based Model for Community led Solutions. Her work in systems approaches and responses to community  Co-Lead of a New South Wales focused grant – Systemic entrapment: Factors associated with First Nations People and multigenerational contact with systems through a Human Rights Perspective.


You can read more about Dr Longbottoms work here, here, and here!

Dr Longbottom tweets @DrMLongbottom

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