DMRC Indigenous Research Seminar

This seminar is focused on sharing Indigenous journeys in research, universities and the online space, particularly Blak social media. A small group of Indigenous researchers will yarn on stage, sharing their experiences of Indigenous research (methods, principles, practices etc) focused on Indigenous sovereignty, voices, knowledge and experiences, and how media and digital approaches can be/have been included in these.

Key Details

Time: 12.30 – 2.00pm

Date: Tuesday 02 November 2021



Ms Angela Leitch, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy), QUT

Woppaburra (@angela_leitch)



Ms Angela Barney – Leitch is the QUT Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy). A position she commenced in February 2019.  Ms Barney-Leitch is a Woppaburra Gaumi Enkil whose country is the Keppel Islands off the coast of central Queensland, Australia. As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy) she is responsible for providing leadership in developing the strategic direction of the university regarding Indigenous matters, including institutional policy, strategy and advice in relation to all aspects of Indigenous higher education at QUT. The position plays a critical role in engaging within the university, external stakeholders and Indigenous communities, to establish effective and productive relationships. Ms Barney-Leitch ensures alignment of all related Indigenous initiatives and activities with the university’s overall strategic direction.



Dr Jessa Rogers, First Nations Senior Research Fellow, QUT

Wiradjuri (@Jessa_Rogers)




Dr Jessa Rogers is a Wiradjuri researcher and Indigenous educator with nearly 15 years of teaching experience in schools and tertiary education. Jessa’s research focuses on Indigenous research methods and methodologies, and Indigenous peoples’ experiences of education.  She was the founding principal of Australia’s first boarding school for Indigenous young mothers and babies in Far North Queensland. She has been a Fulbright Scholar (Harvard University), a Churchill Fellow, and was awarded a National NAIDOC Award for her contributions to Indigenous girls’ education. Jessa’s research draws attention to the voices of Indigenous students, with a specific focus on Indigenous boarding school experiences in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and mainland USA. She is a mother of three, a board director, and is the Managing Director of Baayi Consulting.


Dr Melinda Mann, Adjunct Professional Fellow, CQ University

Darumbal, South Sea Islander (@MelindaMann01)


Melinda Mann is a Darumbal and South Sea Islanderconsultant, adviser, manager, and educator. Melinda is currently consulting on a range of national, state-wide and local education and evaluation projects. Melinda has workedin higher education designing, delivering and managingschool outreach programs, was elected Chair of the Queensland Consortium of Universities for Widening Participation, and oversaw student support as Deputy Director of Student Life and Wellbeing at CQUniversity. She has completed a Bachelor of Business (HRM), Masters of Learning Management and a Doctor of Philosophy (Education). Her PhD research used Indigenous narratology to explore the individual and collective experiences of young people living in her community and their transition from school to family and community roles. Melinda’s research has focused on Indigenous peoples’ experiences of education but since leaving the higher education sector, her priority interestslie with Darumbal nation-building, South Sea Islander identity and stories and broader Indigenous community development. She regularly speaks on issues of race and racism in herregion with Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Melindashares her opinions online as an avid Twitter user since 2013 and a proud member of #BlackfullaTwitter. She also has anexpert advisory role with the Qld Department of Education, is a member of the Oceania Working Party for the Australian Dictionary of Biography and is the First Nations Arts Officer at the Rockhampton Museum of Art. She lives and raises her three children on Darumbal Country where the majority of her family also live.  


Prof Chelsea Watego, Professor of Indigenous Health, QUT

Munanjahli, South Sea Islander (@drcwatego)



Chelsea Watego (formerly Bond) is a Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman with over 20 years of experience working within Indigenous health as a health worker and researcher. Chelsea’s work has drawn attention to the role of race in the production of health inequalities. Her current ARC Discovery Grant seeks to build an Indigenist Health Humanities as a new field of research; one that is committed to the survival of Indigenous peoples locally and globally, and foregrounds Indigenous intellectual sovereignty. She is a prolific writer and public intellectual, having written for IndigenousX, NITV, The Guardian, and The Conversation. She is a founding board member of Inala Wangarra, an Indigenous community development association within her community, a Director of the Institute for Collaborative Race Research, and was one half of the Wild Black Women radio/podcast show, but most importantly, she is also a proud mum to five beautiful children.
Her forthcoming book Another Day in the Colony, published by UQ Press, is to be released in November 2021.


Amy McQuire, Aboriginal Journalist, UQ PhD Candidate

Darumbal, South Sea Islander (@amymcquire)


Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander journalist and writer from Rockhampton, Central Queensland. She has spent the past 15 years working in Aboriginal and independent media focusing on issues of justice, violence, and land rights. She was previously the editor of the National Indigenous Times and Tracker Magazine and a co-host of the Let’s Talk programme on 98.9 FM in Brisbane. She is also the co-host of the investigative podcast Curtain, which aims to exonerate wrongfully convicted Aboriginal man Kevin Henry, who was incarcerated for 29 years for a crime he did not commit. Her work has appeared in BuzzFeed, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vogue Australia and Marie Claire. In 2021 she wrote her first children’s book Day Break and her first non-fiction book Black Witness is due to be published in 2022 by UQP. She is currently undertaking a PhD into media representations of violence against Aboriginal women.