Indigenous research

Staff at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit are skilled and experienced in conducting cutting-edge research with Indigenous people and communities.

Led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers, we are committed to growing the opportunities for Indigenous people to lead and conduct their own research through employment and collaboration, through research student support, and through occasional opportunities for short-term residencies at UQ.

We provide a challenging, rigorous and collegiate environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research scholars and students to develop their ideas, skills and expertise.

We use the latest in Indigenist and transdisciplinary methodologies and we are driven by a strong commitment to ethical and empowering research. We can provide advice on working ethically with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, on developing research questions that matter, and on designing and decolonising research programs and projects to create change in the lives of Indigenous people.

Our current specialisations include critically Indigenist approaches to public health, critical race studies, anthropology, archaeology and cultural studies, and we have strong research links to other schools within the University including political science, history, philosophy, linguistics, human movement, nursing, and geography.

We also have well-developed relationships with other Indigenous research organisations locally, across Australia and internationally, and we are constantly looking for opportunities to collaborate with new partner organisations.

Considering Indigenous research?

Higher Degree by Research programs at UQ include the Doctor of Philosophy, the Master of Philosophy and the Doctor of Biotechnology. HDR students produce new knowledge and expertise that is innovative, relevant and progressive. 

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UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at UQ brings together Indigenous and health expertise across the university, and works collaboratively with Indigenous community organisations and health providers, on improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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