Nura Gili undertakes research work of interest to Australian Indigenous people and supports research students with challenging Australian Indigenous topics. We strive for the standard of research work that contributes to the University’s goal of being a peer of the best in the world in research performance. Our focus on community engagement and contemporary issues draws expertise from across the university campus and enables very strong research teams to be established for each of our projects.

Particular research strengths at Nura Gili include:

  • Indigenous Studies
  • Indigenous Education
  • Cultural Studies
  • Museum Studies

Current Research with Nura Gili Involvement:

UNSW annouces new PhD scholarships commencing in 2018

The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is a cornerstone of the UNSW 2025 Strategy, and aims to attract new PhD scholars to undertake projects in strategic research areas. 125 Scholarships are available this year, with five targeted at Indigenous students. Nura Gili, in collaboration with scholars from the faculties of Engineering, Science, Law and Arts and Social Sciences are currently advertising four scholarships for specified project areas. If you would like more information on these specific projects or more information about the Scientia PhD Scholarship scheme, please click here.

To learn more about the strategic research areas being offered by Nura Gili please click here.

Australian Indigenous Studies Learning and Teaching Network

The Australian Indigenous Studies Learning and Teaching Network is a collaboration of Indigenous and non-Indigenous tertiary educators who are committed to improving their teaching and learning practices in Australian Indigenous studies.

Indigenous Rights: Australia in the World - Politics, Law History

This project charts the development of Indigenous rights in Australia, the United States, Canada and New Zealand. Thematic case studies across all of these settle-colonial settings make clear the importance of the development of a comparative and historical perspective. It explains the role of law, legal concepts and legal institutions in the appropriation of land from the Indigenous inhabitants of settler colonies, as well as in legitimating the denial and qualification of citizenships rights for Indigenous peoples, the removal of Indigenous children from their families, and in the construction of particular conceptions of nationhood and sovereignty which exclude or marginalise Indigenous peoples to a greater or less extent in the different settler-colonial contexts. Overall it places the idea of Indigenous rights in the context of the development of modern international law, democratic political systems, market economies, the architecture of the welfare state and most recently, neo-liberal globalization.