Indigenous Education Research

The Indigenous Education Research Program vision is to achieve and support cultural integrity of Indigenous peoples within our research program; and to ensure a professional commitment by all C4IE members to build in Indigenous perspectives into their own research areas.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities are culturally diverse, and as such the Indigenous Education Research Program aims to provide high quality research that is respectful and inclusive of all Indigenous peoples. The Indigenous Education Research Program must be led by Indigenous peoples’ standpoints, histories and perspectives; ensuring that approaches to research are conducted respectfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, families and communities in reciprocal, inclusive and socially just ways.

The Centre for Inclusive Education understands the importance of conducting ethical research aligned to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Guidelines for ethical research Australian Indigenous studies (GERAIS) that will develop and strengthen positive relationships when working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities.

Researchers in C4IE’s Indigenous Education Research Program will:

  1. Identify policies, programs and practices that support best practice in Indigenous education,
  2. Develop and maintain mutually-beneficial relationships with Indigenous peoples and community partners that reflect the research priorities of Indigenous peoples,
  3. Privilege Indigenous voices and build Indigenous and non-Indigenous research-capacity within communities and within a university context.

To support the Indigenous Education Research Program vision, C4IE will:

  1. Recruit and support Indigenous academics,
  2. Provide a culturally safe environment for Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics,
  3. Provide professional development and support for Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics,
  4. Assist with applications for highly competitive grants and,
  5. Provide support to Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics to publish their research in high quality publications.

Guiding documents

Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies (GERAIS)

Uluru Statement from the Heart

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Current projects

Recent publications

Racial Profiling, Surveillance and Over-Policing: The Over-Incarceration of Young First Nations Males in Australia

O'Brien, Grace (2021) Racial Profiling, Surveillance and Over-Policing: The Over-Incarceration of Young First Nations Males in Australia Social Sciences, 10 (2), pp.Article number: 68.

Girls’ education in the Solomon Islands: stories, research, and wantoks

Francis Bobongie-Harris (2021) Girls’ education in the Solomon Islands: stories, research, and wantoks. Ethnography and Education.

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School house to big house

O'Brien, Grace, Trudgett, Michelle (2020) School house to big house The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 49 (1), pp.98-106.
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Ngoelmun Yawar, our journey: The transition and the challenges for female students leaving Torres Strait Island communities for boarding schools in regional Queensland

Bobongie, Francis (2017) Ngoelmun Yawar, our journey: The transition and the challenges for female students leaving Torres Strait Island communities for boarding schools in regional Queensland Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 46 (2), pp.127-136.
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Indigenous Education Research Program Co-Leaders