Daphne Nash specialises in interdisciplinary cross-cultural research on topics relevant to Indigenous Australians. Her research interests and publications focus on people–environment relationships, qualitative research methods, ethnobotany and cultural heritage as well as social issues, including Indigenous housing and homelessness.

Daphne holds a PhD from the Australian National University (ANU) in the field of Interdisciplinary Cross-cultural Research that explores representations of Indigenous knowledge in south-eastern Australia. She also holds an MA and a BLitt (with merit) from the ANU both of which focus on environmental knowledge of Pintupi/Luritja people in Central Australia.

As a Research Fellow at the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre, Daphne has been involved in research on social and environmental policy projects as well as graduate student supervision. Recent work has focussed on working with Aboriginal organisations in Queensland and the Northern Territory on strategies for enhancing governance and cultural competency. Currently Daphne is a co-investigator on the ARC Discovery Project Health Architecture: Understanding Indigenous experiences of architectural settings to improve Indigenous health outcomes: Does design matter?

Professional affiliations:

  • Fellow of the Australian Anthropological Society
  • Member of the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
  • Member of the Society of Ethnobiology (SoE)


  • PhD (ANU) Interdisciplinary Cross-cultural Research
  • Grad. Cert. Applied Science (UC) Cultural Heritage Management
  • MA (ANU) Human Sciences, School of Archaeology & Anthropology
  • B. Litt. (ANU) Pass with merit. Human Sciences
  • Grad. Dip. Ed. (Sydney Teachers’ College)
  • BA (ANU) Human Sciences and Philosophy

Areas of research