Top honour for early career researcher

23 November 2020

The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia has named The University of Queensland Law School’s Dr Dylan Lino as one of four leading early career researchers in the country.

Dr Dylan Lino
Dr Dylan Lino

Dr Lino received a 2020 Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research, an honour bestowed on early career social science researchers who have achieved 'excellence in scholarship’ in their field.  

Dr Lino is an expert in the history and politics of law, with a special interest in the rights and status of Indigenous peoples within Australia’s settler constitutional order.

The award recognises his influential work in informing debate on Indigenous constitutional recognition in Australia.

“It’s an incredibly humbling experience to receive such recognition from the leading voice of the social sciences in Australia,” Dr Lino said.

“This award underscores the imperative for those working in the social sciences to think about how our research can help to reshape our society for the better.

“When it comes to Australia’s political relationship with First Nations, the most profound and urgent call for justice can be found in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

“This is a political document of the highest national importance, one that scholars and indeed all Australians must pay attention to.”

Dr Lino’s monograph, 12 journal articles and two book chapters have already been cited more than 60 times in publications around the world.

In addition to his published work, Dr Lino has made submissions to parliamentary and other government enquiries that have helped shape the debate on Indigenous constitutional recognition in Australia.

Although he is only four years into his full-time academic career, Dr Lino has received several prestigious awards including a Qantas Fellowship and the 2018 Wedderburn Prize for best article published in the Modern Law Review. His monograph, Constitutional Recognition of Australia's Indigenous People: Law, History and Politics, won the 2017 Holt Prize.

In 2015, Dr Lino was awarded a visiting researcher position at Harvard University, where he worked with colleagues on his doctoral research on Indigenous constitutional recognition.

As one of only four recipients of the 2020 Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research, Dr Lino has joined a select group of Australia's best young researchers. This group includes Dr Lino’s UQ Law School colleague Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh, who received the honour in 2019. 

WATCH: Dr Dylan Lino speaks about his work and what the 2020 Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research means to him. 

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