Indigenous Studies Research is the first theme formally endorsed by the University as an emerging area of strength hosted by the Sustainability Research Centre (SRC). It commenced in 2013 and Associate Professor Jennifer Carter and Associate Professor Maria Raciti are co-leaders of the theme.
The group aims to publish, conduct scholarly research, attract research students, and link with external partners around the multidisciplinary body of knowledge that comprises Indigenous Studies.
Another purpose of the group is to strengthen the research-teaching nexus in line with the Universities Australia Indigenous Cultural Competency Best Practice Framework (2011) that names Research Capacity as one of five Guiding Principles.
Research is connected with the other four principles (Governance, Teaching and Learning, Human Resources, and External Engagement).
As such, the group actively seeks to link to the Buranga Centre and the Reconciliation Action Plan, as well as Indigenous communities in Australia and internationally.