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Professor, Indigenous Studies and Director of The Centre for Global Indigenous Futures, Macquarie University

Professor Bronwyn Carlson is an Aboriginal woman who was born on and lives on D'harawal Country in NSW Australia. Bronwyn was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Indigenous grant in 2013 for research on Aboriginal identity and community online (IN1301000360), and a second ARC in 2016 for research on Indigenous help-seeking on social media (IN160100049). In 2019 she was awarded a third consecutive ARC grant (IN200100010), specifically focusing on Indigenous experiences of online violence.

Bronwyn is the author of The Politics of Identity: Who Counts as Aboriginal Today? (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2016), which includes a chapter on identity and community on social media. She is widely published on the topic of Indigenous cultural, social, intimate and political engagements on social media including co-editing and contributing to two special issues; the Australasian Journal of Information Systems (2017) on “Indigenous Activism on Social Media’ and Media International Australia (2018) on “Indigenous Innovation on Social Media” and an edited volume with Rutgers University Press (2020) "Indigenous People Rise Up: The Global Ascendancy of Social Media Activism". She is also the founding and managing editor of the Journal of Global Indigeneity and the convenor of The Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence (FIRE).

Experience

  • 2017–present
    Professor, Macquarie University
  • 2011–2017
    Associate professor, University of Wollongong

Education

  • 2012 
    UNSW, PhD
  • 2004 
    UOW, BA Hons1

Publications

  • 2021
    Carlson, B. & Berglund, J. (Eds.). (2020). Indigenous People Rise Up: The Global Ascendancy of Social Media Activism , Rutgers University Press
  • 2021
    Carlson, B. & Frazer, R. (2020). ‘Anger, hope and love: The affective economies of Indigenous social media activism’. In Carlson, B. & Berglund, J. (Eds.). (2020). Indigenous People Rise Up: The Global Ascendancy of Social Media Activism, Rutgers University Press
  • 2021
    Carlson, B. & Frazer, R. (2021). ‘Attending to Difference in Indigenous People’s Experiences of Cyberbullying: Towards a Research Agenda’. In Bailey, J., Flynn, A., & Henry, N. (Eds.). (2021). The Emerald International Handbook of Technology Facilitated Violence and Abuse, Emerald Publishing House
  • 2020
    Carlson, B., Frazer, R., & Farrelly, T. (2020). ‘”That makes all the difference”: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health-seeking on social media’, , Health Promotion Journal of Australia
  • 2020
    Carlson, B. & Frazer, R. (2020). “They got filters”: Indigenous social media, the settler gaze, and a politic of hope Special Issue, , Marginality in Social Media, Social Media + Society, June, 6(2): 1-11.
  • 2020
    Carlson, B. (2020). ‘Indigenous Killjoys: Negotiating the labyrinth of dis/mis trust’. In Moeke-Pickering, T., Pegoraro, A., & Cote-Meek, S. (Eds.). (2020). Critical reflections and Politics on Advancing Women in the Academy , IGI Global
  • 2019
    Carlson, B. (2019). ‘Love and hate at the Cultural Interface: Indigenous Australians and dating apps’ , Special Issue, Indigenous Sociology: Contemporary Theoretical Perspectives, The Journal of Sociology, pp. 1-18.
  • 2019
    Carlson, B. (2019). ‘Disrupting the master narrative: Indigenous people and tweeting colonial history’ , Griffith Review, 64, pp. 230-240.
  • 2018
    Carlson, B. & Frazer, R. (2018). ‘Yarning Circles and Social Media Activism’ Media International Australia, , Special Issue: Indigenous Innovation on Social Media, 8th October 2018, 169(1), pp. 43-53
  • 2017
    Indigenous memes and the invention of a people, Social Media + Society
  • 2017
    Trauma, Shared Recognition and Indigenous Resistance on Social Media’, Australasian Journal of Information Systems
  • 2016
    Striking the Right Cord: Indigenous People and the Love of Country, AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous People
  • 2016
    Indigenous activism and social media: The global response to #SOSBLAKAUSTRAIA, Rethinking Digital Citizenship: Control, Contest and Culture
  • 2016
    The Politics of Identity: Who Counts as Aboriginal today, Aboriginal Studies Press
  • 2015
    Mediating Tragedy: Facebook, Aboriginal Peoples and Suicide, Australasian Journal of Information Systems
  • 2015
    It’s like going to a cemetery and lighting a candle’: Aboriginal Australians, Sorry Business and social media, AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples
  • 2014
    Four Scholars speak to navigating the complexities of naming in Indigenous Studies. , The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education.
  • 2014
    Racism, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identities, and higher education: Reviewing the burden of epistemological and other racisms. , Seeding Success in Indigenous Australian Higher Education: What Research Says?
  • 2014
    The legacy of racism and Indigenous Australian identity within education. , Race Ethnicity and Education
  • 2013
    The ‘new frontier’: Emergent Indigenous identities and social media, The Politics of Identity: Emerging Indigeneity

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    Meeting where you are: Social & emotional wellbeing resources and social media to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people build resilience, seek help and prevent suicide
    Role:
    in partnership with ReachOut Australia
    Funding Source:
    Department of Health (Commonwealth)
  • 2020
    The impact of racist and violent content and threats towards Indigenous women and LBGTQI+ people on social media: a comparative analysis of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Facebook
  • 2020
    Indigenous peoples’ experiences of cyberbullying: An assemblage approach
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous
  • 2020
    Evaluation of the Safe Sista project
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Alannah & Madeline Foundation
  • 2020
    Meeting where you are: Social & emotional wellbeing resources and social media to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people build resilience, seek help and prevent suicide
    Role:
    in partnership with ReachOut Australia
    Funding Source:
    Department of Health (Commonwealth)
  • 2019
    Trauma Training evaluation, LBGTQI+ toolkit
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council
  • 2018
    Cyberbullying and Indigenous Youth
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council
  • 2017
    Local Knowledges: Engaging Dharug Communities in Curriculum Development
    Role:
    chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Macquarie University
  • 2017
    #Overwhelmed: Developing Indigenous Strategies for Coping with Racially Fraught Content on Social Media
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Macquarie University
  • 2016
    Social Media to Enhance Indigenous Tobacco Control.
    Role:
    co-chief investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Health and Medical Research Council
  • 2016
    An Examination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Help-Seeking Behaviours on Social Media.
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council, Discovery Indigenous Grant
  • 2015
    Community and Activist Media in the Illawarra: Building Networks and Ethical Responses.
    Role:
    co-chief investigator
    Funding Source:
    University of Wollongong
  • 2014
    Engaging local Aboriginal communities in curriculum development: Local Knowledge: Aboriginal Illawarra and the South Coast
    Role:
    Co-Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Educational Strategies Development Grant
  • 2014
    Indigenous identities in a global context: A collaborative curriculum project
    Role:
    Co-Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    UIC International Links Grant
  • 2013
    Building Indigenous research capacity: Strengthening pathways for Indigenous students to Higher Degree Research at the University of Wollongong
    Role:
    Co-Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Educational Strategies Development Grant
  • 2013
    Working with the local Aboriginal community: a pilot investigation of the cultural dimensions of services provided by the Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Services.
    Role:
    Co-Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    URC Research Partnership Grant
  • 2012
    Aboriginal identity and community online: a sociological exploration of Aboriginal peoples’ use of online social media
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council, Discovery Indigenous Grant

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Member of the National Expert Advisory Board, Journal of Sociology
  • Member of the Sociological Association of Australia (TASA)
  • Elected Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • Forum of Indigenous Research Excellence (FIRE)

Research Areas

  • Studies Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Society (169902)
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (200201)

Honours

2013 winner of the prestigious Stanner Award administered by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies