Luke Godwin

James Cook University has recognised the enormous contribution of Dr Luke Godwin to archaeology and Indigenous cultural heritage management in Australia with the conferral of the title of Adjunct Professor.

Luke’s ground-breaking work in managing cultural heritage and collaborating with Indigenous communities has set new standards in the field. He has a formidable international reputation as a thought leader in cultural heritage management. Luke's many accomplishments have been recognised by his peers in the award of the Bruce Veitch Award for Excellence in Indigenous Engagement as well as the Laila Haglund Prize for Excellence in Consultancy an unprecedented three times.

In supporting the appointment, Professor Ian McNiven (Monash University) noted that “Godwin’s work has been the benchmark for cultural heritage management in Australia … and the quality of his work is intellectually cutting edge on a national and international stage.”

Gavin Scott (Norton Rose Fulbright Australia) said that “Luke is highly regarded as one of, if not, the leading consulting archaeologist in Australia … He has not only unparalleled expertise and experience, but also a sharp strategic focus when planning major projects.”

Professor Jo McDonald (University of Western Australia Centre for Rock Art Research + Management) noted that “his innovative approaches and mediation skills have led to major changes in cultural heritage management practice in Australia.”

Emeritus Professor Ian Lilley (University of Queensland) said that Luke “brings a grounded but highly-innovative and intellectually well-founded approach to cultural heritage management … His intellect, commitment and energy are formidable.”

Professor Richard Fullagar (University of Wollongong) noted that “Godwin is highly regarded throughout Australia as a leader in cultural heritage management with an outstanding track record in providing expert advice (on projects that include some of the largest mining and infrastructure projects in the country) to companies, government and indigenous organisations.”

Professor Peter Veth (UWA Oceans Institute) concluded that “Luke has shown outstanding calibre, technical expertise and ethical mediation between groups with a timely delivery of recommendations.”