Emma Woodward

Emma Woodward

Ms Emma Woodward: revealing social and cultural values of water places

Emma Woodward is a geographer researching the social and economic connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, and northern river and wetland systems.

  • 18 September 2008 | Updated 15 October 2012

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History


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Current activities

Emma is involved in the following projects:

  1. Indigenous values of floodplains in Kakadu National Park as part of the project ‘Managing threats to floodplain biodiversity and indigenous values’, a project of the Northern Hub of the National Environmental Research Program (NERP). Working within a multidisciplinary team, Emma is working closely with Kakadu Traditional Owners and other Indigenous residents to determine the potential impacts of climate change, particularly salt water inundation, and weeds on Indigenous wetland values.
  2. ‘Engaging remote Indigenous communities in climate change science’, funded by the Australia Government’s Inspiring Australia grant program. In partnership with key representatives of the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory, the project team are developing a locally-tailored climate-change awareness and education package, and identifying opportunities for community-based monitoring of environmental change.
  3. Working with six Aboriginal language groups from across northern Australia to collate Indigenous knowledge, including meteorological, hydrological and ecological understanding of the environment, and the cues that notify the observer of significant resource events (e.g. when the red kapok flowers, freshwater crocodiles are laying their eggs). This information has been compiled into a series of unique seasonal calendars that assist with the management and monitoring of Australia’s northern regions. One of these calendars is currently being digitized to make the information more readily accessible to educational institutions and the wider public.


Emma joined CSIRO in 2005 and is based at the Tropical Ecosystems Research Centre in Darwin.


Ms Woodward has completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science with First Class Honours at the University of Western Australia (UWA).

She is currently completing a PhD through the School of Earth and Environment at UWA.


Emma is:

  • A national finalist in the 2012 Fresh Science competition
  • A Fellow of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) College
  • A representative on the Northern Territory Indigenous Land and Sea Management Working Group.

Find out more about our research in Water for the environment.