Emily Munro-Harrison

  • Emily Munro-Harrison

    Researcher, evaluator and lecturer (Academic)

    Contact for:

    Board and governance
    Education and training
    Media and publications


Emily Munro-Harrison is a Wiradjuri woman and an early career academic. Her professional background includes working in policy, evaluation and research, with a focus on participatory and community led methods in Indigenous youth justice, prevention of violence, place-based research, and health and wellbeing. She currently works as a Senior Research Officer at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Emily is in the process of completing her PhD examining the experiences and expressions of culture and identity by young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Melbourne, in the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. She has qualifications in social science, environment and creative writing. Emily’s research approach focuses on community identified and driven needs, using qualitative methods which centre the voice of those who the research is designed to benefit. In 2016 Emily Co-Founded the Indigenous Group of Learning, a cultural support and visitation program for Aboriginal men at Port Phillip Prison. This program uses culture, art, music, literacy and aspirations to develop goals for the future with participants. The Group makes connections with support organisations and collaborators to provide the information and support that might assist participants to achieve these aspirations, or at least see a possible pathway to do so. Emily has worked closely with a range of youth-focused organisations and programs, including the Koorie Youth Council, VACCA, Whitelion and 100 Story Building, to provide advice and support, and to share findings from research and evaluation activities. In 2019 Emily joined the Working Group for the Justice Involved Young People’s Network.

Professional Details

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Candidate (currently completing) – Public Health – University of Melbourne
  • Post-Baccalaureate in Creative Writing – Columbia University (New York)
  • Master of Environment – University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Social Work) – RMIT

Area of Expertise

  • Indigenous youth health and wellbeing
  • Social and youth justice
  • Health program evaluation
  • Community-driven and involved research methods


  • Board Member and Co-Founder, Port Phillip Prison Indigenous Group of Learning
  • Advisory Group Member, Justice Involved Young People’s Network
  • Peer Review Panel Member (2018), National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Former Chair of the Indigenous Graduate Student Association (2017-2018), University of Melbourne
  • Poche Indigenous Leadership Fellow (2017), University of Melbourne
  • Program and Evaluation Sub-Committee Member (2015-2018), 100 Story Building

Areas of current leadership enactment

  • Evaluation and research design with a community-driven focus
  • Aboriginal youth justice and health
  • Workshops and consultation
  • Creative and arts-based research methods
  • Health and wellbeing relating to place


  • Trounson, J. S., Peters, A., Munro-Harrison, E. (2019). Evaluation of a culturally safe education support program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in prison. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 22.
  • Kingsley, J., Munro-Harrison, E., Jenkins, A., and Thorpe, A. (2018), “Here we are part of a living culture”: Understanding the cultural determinants of health in Aboriginal gathering places in Victoria, Australia, Health & Place, 54: 210-220, doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.10.001.
  • McKenzie, R., Yates, A., Munro-Harrison, E., and Rawding, C (2018) Evaluation of After Hours Projects for the Murray Primary Health Network.
  • McKenzie, R., Yates, A., and Munro-Harrison, E. (2017) Guiding Principles for Investment in After Hours Care Strategy 2017-2019 for the Murray Primary Health Network.
  • Munro-Harrison, E., Trounson, J., & Ironfield, N. (2016), "A Culturally Safe Education Engagement Model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men in Prison" Aboriginal & Islander Health Worker Journal, 40: 34-35.
  • Munro-Harrison, E & Arabena, K (2016), Tiddas Count to Ten - In the voices of our girls for the Yoowinna Wurnalung Healing Service.
  • Thorpe, A, Munro-Harrison, E & Kingsley, J (2016) Health and wellbeing outcomes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gathering place model in Victoria: A place for inclusion, connection and empowerment - Final report, for the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Kingsley, J, Munro-Harrison, E, & Thorpe, A (2016) A place for inclusion, connection, and empowerment: An evaluation of two ‘gathering places’ in the eastern metropolitan region of Melbourne for the Department of Health and Human Services and HICSA and Mullum Mullum Gathering Places.
  • Munro-Harrison E, Arabena K, Yarram I, Yarram, D, (2016) Chapter 20 - Our Safe Place – Community Responses to Koori Youth Violence, in Moore E (Ed.), Case Management: inclusive community practice, 2nd Ed. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Chamberlain C, MacLean S, Bawden G, Kelaher M, Munro-Harrison, E, Boyle J & Freeman, K. (July, 2016) An ‘equity’ domain could strengthen the utility of a framework for assessing care coordination for Australian Aboriginal families, International Journal of Care Coordination. doi: 10.1177/2053434516657497.
  • Munro-Harrison, E, & Thorpe, A (2015), Tiddas Count to Ten – Service Mapping Report for the Yoowinna Wurnalung Healing Service.
  • Munro-Harrison, E. (2015), Weaving this and that way - ghost net connections in an Aboriginal community in Northern Australia. Learning Communities International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts, Special Edition: Objects of Governance, ISSN 1329-1440, Issue 15, pp 8-11, Charles Darwin University.
  • Munro-Harrison, E. (2013), An ethnographer searching for the hybrid economy realises she’s been doing it all along: Pandanus, Participation and Perseverance. Learning Communities International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts, Special Edition: Ethnographic stories of disconcertment, ISSN 1329-1440, Issue 12, pp 44-50, Charles Darwin University.

To get in contact and engage any of the Fellows, please contact the Alumni Manager (Indigenous Leadership) at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health on:

Email:              poche-alumni@unimelb.edu.au

Phone:             03 9035 8185