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Associate Professor Jennifer Carter
Tel: +61 7 5430 1238

Associate Professor Maria Raciti
Tel: +61 7 5430 1153

Our people

  • Dr Clare Archer-Lean
    Dr Clare Archer-Lean

    Senior Lecturer, English

    Clare’s main research interests include human / animal interactions and conflicts in various cultural moments and products, as well as representations of diversity and agency in fiction.

  • Professor Jennifer Carter
    Professor Jennifer Carter

    Co-leader Indigenous Studies Research Theme; Professor, Geography

    Professor Jennifer Carter is a geographer who has published on cultural competence with Indigenous students and within the context of a globalised world. She has worked on how understandings of the university as a 'place' impacts Indigenous students and how to make it a place of belonging. As a geographer she has worked on how the university as a place affects Indigenous students and she has published in decolonising geography.

  • Associate Professor Lisa Chandler
    Associate Professor Lisa Chandler

    Associate Professor, Art and Design

    Lisa's research involves cross-cultural curatorship, including the representation and display of Indigenous Australian art. She is also interested in ways that art and other creative practices can be used to re-present Australian historical encounters and to foreground Indigenous perspectives. Her research also encompasses art and visual culture addressing environmental issues; and visual technologies and approaches in education and research.

  • Dr Chris Jacobson
    Dr Chris Jacobson

    USC Senior Research Fellow; Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences

    a USC Research Fellow with expertise in adaptive and collaborative natural resource management with Indigenous communities in Aotearoa New Zealand and Canada.

  • Professor Patrick D. Nunn
    Professor Patrick D. Nunn

    Professor of Geography

    For more than 30 years, Patrick has worked with Indigenous communities in the Pacific Islands to understand the nature of their culturally-grounded resilience and attitudes towards climate change. He has also carried out research into Pacific oral traditions and myths and how some might be memories of ancient geological events (large waves, volcanic eruptions): research he has recently extended to Australian Aboriginal cultures.

  • Associate Professor Sandy O'Sullivan
    Associate Professor Sandy O'Sullivan

    Associate Professor, Creative Industries

    Sandy’s research focus is on empowering and engaging national and international First Nations’ Communities, scholars, industry, and practitioners in agentic and aspirational approaches to nation(s)- building through the creative industries.

  • Associate Professor Maria Raciti
    Associate Professor Maria Raciti

    Director of USC Indigenous and Transcultural Research Centre; Professor of Marketing

    A/Professor Maria Raciti Maria’s is a marketing academic who is passionate about widening participation in Australian higher education. Maria uses social marketing and services marketing tools and techniques to bring about the greater good—being the active pursuit of equity, (e)quality of life and betterment.

  • Dr Paul Williams
    Dr Paul Williams

    Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing

    Paul’s main research interests include experimental writing, creative writing pedagogy, creative writing as academic discourse, practice research methodologies, and applied creative writing in the community (literacy and empowerment).


Professor David Hollinsworth

David’s research mainly focuses on Australian racism and ways to counter all forms of racism, especially systemic. This has included work on representations of Aboriginality and discourses that ‘other’ Indigenous people. One area has been ways to effectively embed Indigenous knowledges and perspectives in curriculum across all programs in higher education, alongside strategies to address resistance from students and staff to such decolonizing education.

Tel: +61 7 5478 5749

Madeleine Page

Doctor of Philosophy

Local knowledge, communities and disaster management - a case study in South East Queensland

Delia Siivola

Doctor of Philosophy

Protected Area Management in the Circumpolar North: Adaptation, Sustainability and Opportunities

Lavenie Tawake

Doctor of Philosophy

Indigenous approaches to learning with the Apudthama people, Northern Cape York Peninsula, Australia

Justine Grogan

Doctor of Philosophy

Does prior knowledge matter? Exploring how prior study and informal learning affects the study of compulsory tertiary Indigenous Studies.

Eric Lede

Master of Arts

Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Context of Multiple Stressors in the Arctic

Flora Kwapena

Master of Arts

Land reforms in Papua New Guinea:  Will they empower the rural woman?

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