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
University holds Indigenous leadership camp
USC has held an innovative Indigenous leadership camp aimed at inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students to set their career aspirations high.
Influence of comic strips to feature in exhibition bound for USC
The opening of USC Art Gallery’s next exhibition on Saturday 24 March looks set to be a very colourful affair, with guests encouraged to dress as their favourite comic strip characters.
Record numbers tipped for Indigenous health check day
USC is preparing to host the biggest health and wellbeing day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families ever held on the Sunshine Coast.
USC hosts Close the Gap Day event
USC will host a Close the Gap Day event at its Sunshine Coast campus at Sippy Downs as part of a call for action to address disadvantage facing Indigenous Australians.
USC appoints new Deputy Vice-Chancellor
The University of the Sunshine Coast has appointed Professor Tim Wess as its first Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).
Horse therapy for Indigenous people the goal of fellowship trip
Equine therapy programs helping Indigenous Americans complete university could be tailored to help Indigenous Australians, says Dr Bindi Bennett.