Siobhan McDonnell is a lawyer, economist and an anthropologist with an interest in applied research.
She has previously worked as a policy advisor at the Central Land Council and at Reconciliation Australia. She began her research career at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research. She has served two terms as the Legal Advisor to Vanuatu’s Minister for Lands, Mr Ralph Regenvanu. In 2014, she was the principal drafter of a new set of land laws in Vanuatu, as well as amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Vanuatu. In 2015, she worked with the Solomon Islands Government to develop a pathway for land reform discussions. She also worked as a Researcher in Professor Margaret Jolly’s ARC Laureate project ‘Engendering Persons, Transforming Things: Christianities, Commodities and Individualism in Oceania’.
Siobhan convenes and lectures in a number of courses at The Australian National University and is regularly engaged as a consultant by both government agencies and non-government organisations.