Dr Grace O'Brien

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PhD (University of Tech., Sydney), Dr (University of Tech., Sydney)

Grace is a lecturer/researcher in the Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice. She has worked in partnership with First Nations communities throughout Queensland for many years. Grace’s research addresses the need for urgent educational reform to support the engagement of young First Nations males at school and prevent their over-representation in the juvenile justice system. Grace has worked across primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors to support an understanding and inclusion of First Nations perspectives and Knowledges within the education curriculum. She is a co-leader in the Centre for Inclusive Education – Indigenous Education Research Program, an affiliate member of the QUT Centre for Justice and the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education representative for the Faculty of Education’s, Equity Committee.

Grace’s areas of interest are:

Indigenous Education

School Equity

Cultural Safety

Lowering Suspension & Exclusion Rates from schools

Social Justice

Inclusive Pedagogy

Schooling for the 21st Century

(Grace is available for Supervisions)


Additional information

Grace has teaching experience in Indigenous Education, pre-service teacher professional development, sociology and psychology. She also works in partnership with First Nations communities in the Moreton Bay Region to support and improve educational equity for First Nations and marginalised children. Grace completed a Master of Indigenous Education through Macquarie University and was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s commendation for Academic Excellence. She has experience in the area of educational exclusion of First Nations young males and the school to prison pipeline in Australia. Grace is currently researching  the development of a methodology to develop and implement an Indigenous Languages Program in an Early Learning Centre in a regional town in Queensland with Dr. Francis Bobongie-Harris.

Reference year
AFHEA (Indigenous)
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Vice Chancellor's Commendation for Academic Excellence