Dr Ali Black is an innovative arts-based and narrative researcher. Her research and scholarly work seeks to foster connectedness, community, and wellbeing through the building of reflective and creative lives and identities.
Ali is a highly regarded educator and researcher who teaches into the undergraduate and postgraduate Education Programs at UniSC. As an early childhood specialist she contributes to understandings about children, families, learning, the arts, sustainability, and early childhood education. In the postgraduate space, Ali supports the development of researcher identities through reflective and reflexive processes and concern for lived experiences, and personally relevant, meaning-centred research inquiry.
Ali is the program coordinator for the Master of Education program. This program offers a pathway for educators and leaders seeking to learn more about education issues, and translate ideas and passions into a research project.
Recognised internationally as a leader in her discipline and research areas, Ali has published extensively for a range of audiences. 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.
- Certificate of commendation for exemplary practice: Recognition for making a genuine difference to student learning through quality teaching, UniSC's Advance Awards, 2016
- Higher Education Academy (HEA), Senior Fellowship, 2019, in recognition and reward of teaching excellence
Ali is part of the Indigenous and Transcultural Research Centre, working together for culturally responsive knowledge and respectful policies and practices.
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Potential Research Projects for HDR Students
Inquiry using arts-based research methods
- Narrative and visual inquiry
- '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
- arts-based research methods including narrative and story
- knowledge construction and representation (ways of knowing and making meaning)
- social cohesion, wellbeing, community connectedness and capacity building
- building reflective and creative lives and professions through aesthetic inquiry
- gender studies and stories from the academy and the community
- participatory research with children
- Early childhood education
- Children and the environment, education for sustainability, nature play
- Arts in Education
- Teacher knowledge, becoming a teacher, teacher identities, what it means to teach
- Curriculum theory and pedagogy
- Well being and holistic education
- Adult learning
- Education research
As part of her extensive publication Ali has supported arts-based and storied exploration of academic identities in the following edited collections:
- Black, A.L. and Dwyer, R. (2021). Reimagining the academy: shiFting towards kindness, connection, and an ethics of care. Palgrave Macmillan. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-75859-2#about This book explores the capacities and desires of academic women to reimagine and transform academic cultures. Embracing and championing feminist scholarship, the research presented by the authors in this collection holds space for a different way of being in academia and shifts the conversation toward a future that is hopeful, kind and inclusive.
- Henderson, L., Black, A.L, Garvis, S. (2020). (Re)birthing the feminine in academe: Creating Spaces of Motherhood in Patriarchal Contexts. UK: Palgrave Macmillan. https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030382100 Written collaboratively as international, interdisciplinary and intergenerational collectives, this book engages expansively with the concept of motherhood in academia, to offer insights into re-imagining a more responsive higher education.
- Black, A., and Garvis, S. (2018). Lived Experiences of Women in Academia: Metaphors, Manifestos and Memoir. UK: Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781315147444 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.
- Black, A., and Garvis, S. (2018). Women Activating Agency in Academia: Metaphors, Manifestos and Memoir. UK: Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781315147451 This collection offers the stories of women academics from around the globe and across disciplines and showcases their efforts to meaningfully listen and converse in order to resist self-audit and diminished identities.
Dr Ali Black’s areas of expertise include early childhood education; arts and sustainability education; storied and arts-based ways of researching and representing experience; creative methodologies; women in academia; and academic and research identities.