Megan Kelleher is embarking on her PhD as one of RMIT’s Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Pre‑Doctoral Fellows in the School of Media and Communication. The working title of her thesis is ‘Blockchain, Black chains and the battle for systems sovereignty: mutual solutions for governance using Indigenous Knowledge (IK) systems and Indigenous-controlled protocols within the Blockchain’. The research seeks to explore the logical, structural or architectural synergies – or incompatibilities – between IK systems and Blockchain technologies, and the opportunities to embed IK approaches into second-wave automation. Grounded in her Barada/Baradha and Gabalbara/Kapalbara heritage, the research will be approached from an Indigenous standpoint, contributing to the field from an important Australian research perspective.
Previous to RMIT Megan was at Creative Victoria in Indigenous Partnerships, and in the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Strategic Communication and Protocol Branch.