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Professor Peter Radoll

Professor Peter RadollPeter is a descendant of the Anaiwan people. He is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous in the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Strategy at the University of Canberra and Director of the Ngunnawal Centre. Prior to returning to the University of Canberra, Peter was the inaugural Dean of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Research at the University of Newcastle, and Academic and Research Director of the Wollotuka Institute. Being one of Australia’s early Aboriginal graduates in Information Technology, Peter is recognised as a national and international authority in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Indigenous research and Digital Inclusion, and is one of the most influential Indigenous educationalists in Australia today. He holds a concurrent role as Professor of Information Technology at the University of Canberra, was Professor of Information Systems at the University of Newcastle, and has taught and researched in Information Systems in the College of Business and Economics at Australian National University and the Faculty of Business, Government and Law at the University of Canberra. His PhD examined the adoption and effective use of ICTs in Remote, Rural and Urban Aboriginal households.

Significant contributions include:

  • ‘Research on Indigenous use of Information and Communication Technologies’, Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 2015, sub-editor
  • ‘Information and Communication Technologies in the classroom: Implications and considerations’, in Kaye Price (ed), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education: An Introduction for the Teaching Profession, Port Melbourne, Cambridge University Press, 2012 and 2015

Peter is one of the research team who worked on the Telstra Foundation commissioned research titled ‘Digital Inclusion and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: A Discussion Paper’, exploring what it means for Indigenous Australians to be digitally excluded and what impact the NBN will have. This resulted in a $5 million Indigenous Digital Excellence Agenda (IDEA) operated through the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence. He also co-authored and was a key driver of Inspiring Australia’s Indigenous Engagement in Science report, titled Indigenous Engagement with Science: Towards Deeper Understandings. Peter has worked with Digital Careers Australia, in both the ACT and NSW, and has been a judge for Young ICT Explorers. He is a patron for the CSIRO Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science. Peter is a Chief Investigator and drives the Science and Technology Stream on the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN).

Peter is Chair of the Collaborative Indigenous Research Initiative (UC CIRI) at the University of Canberra; a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; and a member of the UC Academic Board and UC Collaborative Leadership Group. He is also a non-Executive Director of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre and a member of The Smith Family Board of Directors. Peter has been a member of the Australian Computer Scoeity since 2000, and holds Adjunct positions at the Australian National University and the University of Newcastle.

Peter has been profiled by SBS Science in collaboration with NITV for their Indigenous Australian Scientists series (

Significant awards include:

  • 2016 Honorary Membership to the Golden Key Society
  • 2012 ACT NAIDOC Scholar of the Year.
  • 2011 Australian National University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Reconciliation.

Peter presented the 2016 Don Aitkin Lecture at the University of Canberra on ‘Indigenising the Internet’ ( The Don Aitkin Lecture is an annual event presented by a prominent Australian or international scholar about their research and insights on major contemporary social, scientific and cultural issues.