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:

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.