Dr Penny Taylor

Dr Penny Taylor

Senior Consultant


Penny is an experienced social researcher. She is the former Head of Research at the Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation and has a PhD in building non-Aboriginal capacity for constructive engagement with Aboriginal people. Prior to this she was a human rights lawyer.

Penny is passionate about advancing social justice and social cohesion. She enjoys finding creative and entertaining ways to facilitate communication and understanding. 

Penny joined Murawin in 2021 as a Senior Consultant in the Placemaking team.  

She brings to the team a strong background in social research having recently completed a PhD on Aboriginal perspectives on race-relations and mainstream Australian culture. She is experienced in the design and delivery of qualitative research with vulnerable populations. Early in her career she worked for UNICEF Pacific assessing legal systems throughout the Pacific for compliance with international human rights standards for children.

Prior to this she was a corporate lawyer with the Sydney office of King & Wood Mallesons. 

Penny is a strong communicator and group facilitator. She is co-author of a popular autobiography of a Senior Law Man from Arnhem Land, developed radio materials that deliver a window for non-Aboriginal people into the experiences of Aboriginal people in Australian society and has designed and delivered cross-cultural training programs for a variety of audiences. 


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology), The University of Tasmania
  • The Australian Journal of Social Issues Peter Saunders Prize for Paper of the Year for Academic Merit and Contribution to Social Policy
  • Admitted as a practitioner to the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
  • Member of the Law Society of New South Wales
  • Admitted as a practitioner to the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Bachelors of Arts and Laws, University of New South Wales