Dr Ali Black

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Dr Ali Black


Senior Lecturer, Education

PhD Qld.UT, MEd Qld.UT, BEd, BCAE, DipT (EC), BCAE.

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Dr Ali Black


Dr Ali Black is an innovative arts-based and narrative researcher. Her research and scholarly work seeks to foster connectedness, community, wellbeing and meaning-making through the building of reflective and creative lives and identities.

Ali is a highly regarded early childhood specialist who lectures into the Education Programs at USC. She contributes to understandings about children, families, learning and education through a range of academic and community forums.

Recognised internationally as a leader in her discipline and research areas, Ali has published extensively for a range of audiences. She is a member of the Register of Experts of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). This register recognises Ali as an expert in the following areas for the discipline of early childhood:  Learning and teaching in higher education; work integrated learning; learning technologies; and curriculum development and design. Reward and recognition of excellence in learning and teaching is supported through the Advance HE Higher Education Academy Fellowships of which Ali is a Senior Fellow.


Many of Dr Ali Black's publications are available from the USC Research Bank under:

Recent publications

Lived Experiences of Women in Academia - Metaphors, Manifestos and Memoir. These chapters share meaningful stories of women working in the academy, from numerous disciplines, backgrounds and countries, to unveil the complex and distinct dimensionalities they experience in their life and work.

Women Activating Agency in Academia - Metaphors, Manifestos and Memoir. This collection offers the stories of women academics from around the globe and across disciplines and showcases their efforts to meaningfully listen and conferse in order to resist self-audit and diminished identities.

Potential research projects for HDR and PhD students

Inquiry using arts-based research methods

  • Narrative and visual inquiry
  • Memoir
  • 'Research as writing'
  • Autoethnography, self-study, narrative constructions of the 'self'
  • Digital, visual and aesthetic pedagogies
  • Arts-based representations

Understanding lives and learning

  • Participatory research with children
  • Child/nature relationships
  • Academic identities
  • Women's lived experience
  • Gender studies and agency
  • Wellbeing and holistic education
  • Explorations of creativity, connection, identities, relationships
  • Relational knowledge construction


  • Certificate of commendation for exemplary practice: Recognition for making a genuine difference to student learning through quality teaching, USC's Advance Awards, 2016
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA), Senior Fellowship, 2019, in recognition and reward of teaching excellence
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