Heather Goodall is a Professor of History and has researched and published in three major areas:
- indigenous histories and relationships in Australia.
- environmental history, focused on water, rivers and oceans and tracing in particular the ways environmental issues are used in social conflicts and inter-cultural social relations.
- intercolonial networks, particularly those between Australia and India and around the Indian Ocean, and including the decolonization conflicts of the mid-20th century in India, Indonesia and Australia.
Heather has worked in collaborative research projects with Aboriginal communities in NSW and in central Australia. She has been historical researcher in two Royal Commissions, that into British Nuclear testing in Australia [reporting 1985] and that into Black Deaths in Custody . Her book Invasion to Embassy [1996, NSW Premier’s Prize for Australian History] charts the sustained focus on land in NSW Aboriginal politics from the 1860s to the present.