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Associate Professor Sandy O'Sullivan

PhD Newcastle(NSW), BCA Hons W'gong.

  • Associate Professor, Creative Industries
+61 7 5459 4451; 0431 957 955
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D.G.19, Building D, USC Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast
Associate Professor Sandy O'Sullivan

Associate Professor Sandy O'Sullivan is a Wiradjuri (Aboriginal) academic, researcher and creative practitioner. Their research and teaching include queer studies, art and design, built environment, music, performance, and cultural representation, with a particular focus on First Nations’ agency and aspiration.

Sandy was the inaugural director of the Centre for Collaborative First Nations’ Research and across that role completed an ARC funded review of 470 national and international museums that examined their capacity to engage and represent First Nations’ Peoples; continues to work across the museums, curatorial and interpretation space.

An enduring Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow, Sandy is the recipient of multiple national competitive ARC and OLT grants and awards and has given keynotes nationally and internationally. Sandy’s research focus is on empowering and engaging national and international First Nations’ Community/ies, scholars, industry, and practitioners in agentic and aspirational approaches to nation(s)-building through the creative industries.

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Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows
  • Sandy is the current National Indigenous Convenor for the ALTF. Contact Sandy if you require information or consultancy on embedding processes.
  • Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow (2009-enduring) and National Indigenous Representative

Professional memberships

  • Editorial Board of Aboriginal Studies Press 
  • Ambassador, IndigenousX 
  • Member, AWGSA 
  • Member, ACRAWSA 
  • Adjunct Professor, Koori Centre, Deakin University 
  • Adjunct A/Prof, QLD Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University 
  • Member of the Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence 
  • Member of AIATSIS 
  • Associate Member of Creativities in Interarts Network (CIAN – Cambridge) 
  • ​Research Associate with Thinking Through the Museum: Museum Queeries, Canada

Awards and Fellowships

  • Office for Learning and Teaching Fellow, now Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow (2009-enduring)
  • Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous Research Fellowship (2010-2014)
  • Australian Feminist Research Network Fellowships (2015-16)
  • Academic in Residence at James Cook University (2014)
  • Academic fellowship funding from Forum for Indigenous Excellence/Croakey (2016)
  • Artist in Residence at Nova Scotia School of Art and Design (2004)
  • Artist in Residence at Wollongong City Art Gallery (1995-6)

Research grants

Grant / Project Name Investigators Funding body & A$ value Year(s) Focus (of research grant
Creative Barkly

With Prof Brydie Bartleet, Dr Naomi Sunderland, Prof Phil Hayward w., Regional Development NT and Barkly Regional Arts.


ARC – Linkage

2015-2019 The project aims to map creative practice across the remote Barkly region of the Northern Territory.

Collaborative Research Network – Develop CCFNR

Lead CI, w/co-lead -Dr Peter Stephenson


A$1.5 m
2011-2017 The development of the Centre for Collaborative First Nations’ Research and a higher degree program aimed at Indigenous candidates across education, creative practice and languages.

Museum Queries: Intersectional Interventions into Museum Cultures and Practices

Keynote/workshop/funding with 

University of Winnipeg/Canadian Museum of Human Rights

Canadian Government Connection Grant


2017 Funded to travel to give keynote/workshop, and to work with team at the University of Winnipeg.

Reversing the Gaze

ARC / Discovery Indigenous
Lead CI w/PI Dr Peter Stephenson, PI Dr Lyn Fasoli

ARC Discovery Indigenous


Representation and engagement with First Nations’ Peoples in the national museum


Reversing the Gaze

Bachelor Institute Internal funding

Lead CI

Internal funding



Matching ARC Discovery on Museums

New Media resources for Indigenous researcher training

Lead CI

OLT Australian Learning and Teaching Fellowship and Development

A$90,000 + A$30,000



 The fellowship and development, focused on engaging supervisors of Indigenous research candidates, to encourage alternative dissemination of research findings

Research areas

  • queer and genderqueer studies
  • museums: curatorial practice and cultural interpretation
  • First Nations’ cultural practice and built environment
  • First Nations’ visual arts and design
  • First Nations’ higher education
  • First Nations’ social media
  • First Nations’ sound and music performance and production
  • ingesting culture/food and cultural resistance

Associate Professor Sandy O'Sullivan's specialist areas of knowledge include Global Indigeneity, Indigenous Research Excellence, Music Australia, Australian Feminist Research Network.

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