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 with Associate Professor Jennifer Carter and Associate Professor Maria Raciti as co-leaders of this research group.
Our research focuses on the cultures, histories, rights, interests, knowledges and perspectives of Indigenous peoples throughout the world.
It also incorporates the intercultural spaces of colonialism, neocolonialism and postcolonialism with particular attention to racism, and the global and national state structures and processes that impact on Indigenous peoples, including Indigenous peoples’ responses to these issues.
Current research themes
Land and territories
Indigenous peoples and sustainable livelihoods, protected areas, climate change
Cultural, heritage and identity studies
place-based identity, self-concept, literature, representation and art, curatorial and museum studies
The cultural, social, historical, and institutional systems and contexts that affect Indigenous peoples
local knowledges, governance, racism studies, community aspirations, industry practices
reconciliation, cultural competency, educational transition pathways
factors that enable or constrain Indigenous peoples' interest in business
Indigenous Studies latest news
7 August 2015
USC backs efforts to stamp out racism
The University of the Sunshine Coast has joined a national campaign supporting AFL player Adam Goodes and calling for “renewed efforts to stamp out racism in sport and everyday life”.
2 July 2015
Art academic co-curates national exhibition
USC academic Dr Lisa Chandler has co-curated a national art exhibition which uses Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives to reimagine the encounter between Captain James Cook’s crew and Aboriginal people in 1770.
10 February 2014
USC geographer has finger on national pulse
USC Associate Professor of Geography Jennifer Carter has gained prestigious roles with the Institute of Australian Geographers.
1 October 2013
Creative Writing academic to launch book
USC Creative Writing academic and award-winning author Dr Paul Williams will launch his new book, Cokcraco, at the USC Gallery at 1pm tomorrow (Wednesday 2 October).
21 November 2012
USC researcher collaborates with Inuit communities
The University of the Sunshine Coast has joined four Canadian universities in a three-year northern hemisphere project to research global climate change issues.