Our Research Associates include a large panel of academic researchers with expertise in diverse areas of public policy, drawn from across several universities in Queensland and beyond. Many researchers also have significant experience inside the public service. 

These experts can offer an additional source of policy advice for those developing or commenting on public policy in Queensland. All members, their research fields, and their contact details, are listed below. 

NameKevin Smith
PositionChief Executive Officer
Organisation/CompanyQueensland South Native Title Services
Specialisations / Bio

Kevin Smith is a descendant of the Meriam Peoples of the Torres Strait with traditional connections to Ugar (Stephen Island) and Erub (Darnley Island). Kevin has nearly twenty years’ professional experience in Indigenous affairs including senior positions with the National Secretariat of Torres Strait Islander Organisations, the Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service and the National Native Title Tribunal. Kevin is currently the Deputy Chair of the National Native Title Council and the Chairman of Aboriginal Hostels Limited (AHL). Since 2008 Kevin has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Queensland South Native Title Services, an organisation providing statutory services to Aboriginal Traditional Owners in the southern half of Queensland. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from The University of Queensland and was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of QLD in 1994.

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