Mr Bruce Gorring

Assistant Manager – Community Development, Nyamba Buru Yawuru

BA (Hons), MSocSci (Environment and Planning)

Phone: 08 9192 0670

  • Biography

    Bruce Gorring is a kartiya (non-Aboriginal person) of European and Chinese heritage. He is profoundly interested in the reflexive relationship between ‘Country’, people, the sustainability of complex cultural and natural landscapes, and deliberative concepts of governance that foster transformative social, cultural, political and economic change in remote Australia. This interest has influenced his professional journey over time. Bruce’s career commenced at the Centre for Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies (University of Western Sydney Macarthur) in 1995 as an Associate Lecturer. In 1998, he joined the Kimberley Land Council initially as a Project Development Officer and was subsequently appointed as Manager of the Native Title Services Unit in 2003. From 2006 to 2009, he was Assistant Director of the Land Branch in the WA Department of Indigenous Affairs in Perth. In October 2009, he was appointed as Research Coordinator in the Nulungu Research Institute at the Broome campus of the University of Notre Dame Australia and in 2016 was invited to become an Adjunct Research Fellow. In 2015, he joined Marrugeku Inc, Broome’s pre-eminent intercultural dance theatre company, as its inaugural General Manager. In 2017, he took up the role as Assistant Manager of the Community Development Unit at Nyamba Buru Yawuru.

    Bruce obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in geography and sociology from the University of Newcastle in 1991 and a Master of Social Sciences (Environment and Planning) from RMIT University in Melbourne in 2013.

    Bruce is a member of the Editorial Board for the Australian Studies Centre at the Universitat de Barcelona; holds professional memberships to the Institute of Australian Geographers, the Royal Geographical Society of NSW, and the Planning Institute of Australia; and was admitted into the Golden Key International Honour Society in 2013 by virtue of his academic prowess at RMIT. He is a former Board member and Deputy Chairperson of Environs Kimberley and currently a Board member and Deputy Chairperson of Theatre Kimberley.