Motivated by compassion, Catherine Koerner is committed to interdependent nonviolent relations. Since 2003 Catherine Koerner teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate in community and human services, critical race and whiteness studies, identities, pluralism (including religious freedoms), colonialism/anti-colonialism, critical Indigenous and social policy, critical community and international development and counselling. She has collaborated in community work and research in Australia, Indigenous Australia, Indonesia, Nepal and India.
Previous to this Catherine worked for ten years in the community non-for-profit sector in young homelessness, sexual violence crisis response, prevention and advocacy. She was elected representative for rural and remote Qld on the National Youth Coalition for Housing. She also received a number of awards including the Australiasian finalist for the International Stop Rape contest (New York); a National University-Indigenous Community Partnership Award (with Professor Simone Ululka Tur and Dr Christopher Wilson); an Australian University Quality Assurance commendation and an Australian Awards for University Teaching all at Flinders University of South Australia.
Her research interests include critical race and whiteness, colonialism/decolonisation, Indigenous relations, pluralism and identity. Her current projects include The patience to win freedom with Tenzin Choephel on Tibetan experiences of Chinese colonialism and genocide. Catherine has ten publications including her most recent article (2019) Ever expanding circles of compassion, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association e-journal and forthcoming book Koerner & Pillay, Governance and Multiculturalism: the white elephant of social construction and cultural identities, Palgrave and MacMillan.
Research Fellow in Social Policy, Charles Darwin University
Flinders University of South Australia, Doctor of Philosophy
Governance and Multiculturalism: The white elephant of the social construction of cultural identity, Palgrave & MacMillan (forthcoming)
Ever expanding circles of compassion, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies
The Socio-legal construction of Ahmadiyah as a Religious minority by local and national government policy: Restrictions before the law, a challenge for religious freedom in NTB, http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/indonesian-studies-journal/files/2017/08/AHMADIYAH-FINAL-VERSION.pdf
White Australians & Indigenous Sovereignty, , http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13504630.2014.1002391?journalCode=csid20
Learning the past to participate in the future: Regional discourses of Australian colonial history , International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies
A critical analysis of white Australian identities and Indigenous land rights: an empirical study, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Conference
In relationship with Indigenous sovereignty, http://www.acrawsa.org.au/files/pdf/ConferenceProceedings2011.pdf
Child protection consultation in the Solomon Islands: Capacity building or welfare colonialism?, http:// www.acrawsa.org.au/files/ pdf/ConferenceProceedings2011.pdf
Whose security? How white possession is reinforced in everyday speech about asylum seekers, http://www.acrawsa.org.au/ejournal.htm
We’re multicultural mate!”: regional Australian discourses of multiculturalism and the reproduction of ‘white Australia’ as a national identity, , TASA annual conference published proceedings 6-9 December, Sydney: Macquarie University.
Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association
The Australian Sociological Association TASA
Native American and Indigenous Studies Association NAISA