Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney is the recipient of the Menzies Australia Institute and University of South Australia Joint Distinguished Fellowship for 2018. He has worked in Aboriginal Education for over 20 years. His previous appointment was the Dean Indigenous Education at the University of Adelaide.
He has worked on Indigenous Education in New Zealand, Taiwan and Canada. Professor Rigney was a member on the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Research Advisory Committee as expert on education and cultural transmission. His professional standing in education saw him inducted into the Australian College of Educators (ACE) in 1998.
He is recognised as a national and international authority in the area of Indigenist Research Methodologies. Interest in his work by National and International universities has seen him uptake several prestigious Visiting scholar invitations including Cambridge University, UK; Fort Hare University, South Africa; and University of British Columbia, Canada.