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