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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

    Discipline Leader, English

    Clare’s recent research focuses on human–animal studies (HAS), in particular how people value and create stories about animals. She is also interested in how Indigenous storytelling provides insight into dwelling in more sustainable ways.

  • Associate Professor Jennifer Carter
    Associate Professor Jennifer Carter

    Co-leader Indigenous Studies Research Theme; Associate Professor, Geography

    Associate Professor Jennifer Carter's geographical research specialises in designing and critiquing equitable processes that are inclusive of Indigenous peoples in the intercultural spaces of environmental management and on issues affecting Indigenous peoples living in rural and regional areas and their implications for those places.

  • Associate Professor Lisa Chandler
    Associate Professor Lisa Chandler

    Leader, Arts Research in Creative Humanities; 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

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

  • Dr Umi Khattab
    Dr Umi Khattab

    Senior Lecturer, Public Relations

    Umi's research examines public communication and communication as culture, with a focus on the power of new(s) media to impact cultures and identities. Some of her published works include crisis communication, mediatized terrorism, media and ethnic diasporas, issues of indigeneity in Southeast Asia as well as refugee and asylum seeker images and discourses in the Australian region.

  • Professor Patrick D. Nunn
    Professor Patrick D. Nunn

    Professor of Geography and Associate Director, Sustainability Research Centre

    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.

  • Dr Tristan Pearce
    Dr Tristan Pearce

    USC Senior Research Fellow

    Tristan has expertise linking social, physical and health sciences and indigenous knowledge in climate change vulnerability and adaptation research in northern Canada.

  • Associate Professor Maria Raciti
    Associate Professor Maria Raciti

    Associate Professor, Marketing; Co-leader USC Indigenous Studies Research Theme

    Maria's research interests are in the area of student attrition and Indigenous student pathways and transition into university.

  • Dr Paul Williams
    Dr Paul Williams

    Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing

    Paul’s research interests encompass areas such as post colonialism and postmodernism in fiction; African literature; autobiographic / historiographic metafiction and narrative constructions of the ‘self’; children’s and young adult fiction; and the nexus between critical and creative writing.


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.

+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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