Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney is an expert in Aboriginal Education and Schooling who has published over 120 articles, book chapters and keynote conference papers. Dr Rigney has taught in secondary schools and university teacher education courses across South Australia since 1991. He currently is Professor of Education at the University of South Australia. Professor Rigney has worked in Aboriginal Education for over 20 years whose academic career includes former Dean and Director of Wirltu Yarlu the University of Adelaide and the Director of the Yunggorendi First Nations Centre at Flinders University. He has a Doctorate PhD by Research and is a Professor of Education.
In 2011 he won the National Aboriginal scholar of the Year NAIDOC. In the same year he was appointed by the Australian Government Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, The Hon Peter Garrett to the First Peoples Education Advisory Group that advises on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early childhood and school education. He was also appointed Australian Ambassador for Aboriginal Education.
He is recognised as a national and international authority in the area of Indigenist Research Methodologies.
Professor Rigney is in constant demand as a commentator on national and international Indigenous matters and has published widely on Education, Languages and Knowledge transmission. His 2006 co-edited book titled Sharing Spaces: Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Responses to Story, Country and Rights, is an Australian text on Indigenous and non-Indigenous race relations and how this converges in the vulnerable, vital and contested space called ‘education’.