Professor, Indigenous Studies, Macquarie University

Bronwyn Carlson is a Professor of Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University. Bronwyn’s research focuses on a number of interrelated themes including the politics of Indigenous identity, with particular interest in what it means to identify as an Aboriginal person today focusing on what constitutes and is constitutive of Aboriginal identity in contemporary times. Her doctoral thesis won the prestigious Stanner Award administered by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in 2013 and was published in 2016 with Aboriginal Studies Press.

In 2013 Bronwyn was granted an Australian Research Council, Discovery (Indigenous) Grant. Her research project focuses is on how Aboriginal people represent and negotiate identity issues in the online space, more specifically in Facebook. In 2016 Bronwyn was awarded a second ARC grant that will focus on help-seeking on social media. Bronwyn established and convenes The Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence (FIRE). She is also the founder and managing editor for the Journal of Global Indigeneity, http://ro.uow.edu.au/jgi/

Experience

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

Education

  • 2012 
    UNSW, PhD
  • 2004 
    UOW, BA Hons1

Publications

  • 2017
    Trauma, Shared Recognition and Indigenous Resistance on Social Media’, Australasian Journal of Information Systems
  • 2017
    Indigenous memes and the invention of a people, Social Media + Society
  • 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
  • 2016
    Striking the Right Cord: Indigenous People and the Love of Country, AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous People
  • 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
  • 2015
    Mediating Tragedy: Facebook, Aboriginal Peoples and Suicide, Australasian Journal of Information Systems
  • 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

  • 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
    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
  • 2016
    Social Media to Enhance Indigenous Tobacco Control.
    Role:
    co-chief investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Health and Medical Research Council
  • 2015
    Community and Activist Media in the Illawarra: Building Networks and Ethical Responses.
    Role:
    co-chief investigator
    Funding Source:
    University of Wollongong
  • 2014
    Indigenous identities in a global context: A collaborative curriculum project
    Role:
    Co-Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    UIC International Links Grant
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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