Martin Nakata is the Director of the Aboriginal Research Institute at the University of South Australia in Adelaide.
He is the first Torres Strait Islander to receive a PhD from an Australian university and his current research work is in the curriculum development areas and online pedagogies with a particular focus on Indigenous learners.
He has presented several plenary and keynote addresses at national as well as international conferences and published over forty articles on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and education in various academic journals and books in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Japan and the United States. He is the editor of the Kaurna Higher Education Journal and member of the editorial board of The Australian Educational Researcher.
He convened the second national Indigenous Researchersí Forum in Adelaide in 2000 and was a leading member of the organising committee for a Conference of Indigenous peoples from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US on Indigenous Peoples and Racism in Sydney 2001. The UN High Commissioner designated this conference as a regional meeting for the United Nations World Conference against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.
He twice represented the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on Indigenous issues in Australia, and later provided research and technical support to the Commissionís delegation at the UNís World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa and the 2002 inaugural session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York.
He is currently working towards the incorporation of a national association of Indigenous researchers in Australia.