Lecturer in Indigenous studies, University of New England

I graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2008. My PhD thesis topic was Caring for country in New South Wales: connection, identity and belonging, with research reflecting on the continuities and connections to land prevalent in Aboriginal culture, but also examining the ways in which non-indigenous people attempt to negotiate a sense of place and belonging.

I have been a Lecturer in Indigenous studies in the School of Humanities at the University of New England since 2012, but have a diverse work history; I have worked in community arts with Beyond Empathy; as a support worker for Indigenous students with Yalari, a charity providing scholarships. I have worked as a teacher and tutor at the New England Institute of TAFE; I am a yoga teacher; I have worked as a zoologist, with yellow-eyed penguins amongst other species; and I also have a background in theatre, film and media - I once appeared in Doctor Who as Fire Escape, the Leader of the Red Kangs!

My current research interests are a synthesis of my experience and revolve around the well-being of people and environment, as often the two things coincide. I am very interested in the role of the Creative Arts in enhancing well-being, and the intersections of Art, people and place. As a non-indigenous person working in the area of Indigenous studies, I also have a passionate interest in Reconciliation and am particularly interested in the Myall Creek Massacre Annual Memorial as a ritual of healing and reconciliation.

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer in Indigenous studies, University of New England

Education

  • 2008 
    Charles Sturt University, PhD