Researcher profiles

Academic staff at Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples can provide supervision for postgraduate research studies within various discipline areas for Honours (Hons) and Doctorate (PhD) awards. The following is a list of the research profiles.


Professor Norm Sheehan

Professor Norm Sheehan

Professor of Indigenous Knowledge and Dean, Gnibi CIAP
BA(UNSW), GDipArts(UNSW), MEd(UTAS), PhD(UQ)

Professor Norm Sheehan is a Wiradjuri man born in Mudgee NSW. He completed a PhD in Education at the School of Education at the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2004, winning the N. V. Varghese Prize for Comparative Education. He has recently published two books, Stolen Generations Education and Respectful Design. Both these works address Aboriginal community cultural development and social and emotional wellbeing education.

His expertise is based on identifying and activating existing strengths within Indigenous communities as a basis for relevant education and development initiatives. This work has attracted continued support from government and philanthropic funding agencies. In 2013 Dr Sheehan commenced as Director of Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples Southern Cross University.

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-Supervisor

E: norm.sheehan@scu.edu.au

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Dr Catherine Howlett

Dr Catherine Howlett

Director of Higher Degrees Research Training
BA(UQ), BSc(Hons)(GU), PhD(GU)

Cathy has been continuing her research career and teaching Honours students at Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, Southern Cross University, since 2016. Cathy’s expertise is in the political economy of mining on Indigenous Lands, resource management on Indigenous lands, Indigenous curriculum development, research methodologies, Native Title, and impact assessment.  She publishes widely and is currently a co researcher in two major Norwegian research projects with Sami colleagues at the Artic University in Tromso, Norway. These projects focus upon the comparative governance of resources on Indigenous lands across Norway, Sweden, Canada and Australia.

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-Supervisor

E: catherine.howlett@scu.edu.au

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Dr Stuart Barlo

Dr Stuart Barlow

Lecturer
BIndigSt(Hons)(SCU), PhD(SCU)

Stuart Barlo is an Aboriginal man from the Yuin nation from the far south coast of New South Wales.

Stuart has been a lecturer at Gnibi College for the past three years, teaching and writing courses. He is also in the third year of the journey that is his doctoral studies. His PhD uses Indigenous Australians’ understanding of the concept of yarning and its underlying principles and protocols to develop an Indigenous research methodology. Stuart then used this method to understand and investigate the restoration of dignity for Aboriginal men. This process has prompted a dialogue on the theory surrounding the concept of the agency of Indigenous knowledge.

Prior to this, Stuart was a social worker working in remote Australia and in disability services before undertaking a Bachelor of Indigenous Studies and moving to academic work.

Supervision level: PhD Co-Supervisor

E: stuart.barlo@scu.edu.au

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Dr Shawn Wilson

Dr Shawn Wilson

Lecturer
BSc(UM), MA(UAF), PhD(MONASH)

Shawn is Opaskwayak Cree from northern Manitoba, Canada and now lives on Bundjalung land in eastern Australia.

Shawn’s doctoral thesis was in Indigenous knowledge, which followed study in psychology and zoology. His presentations communicate the theories underlying Indigenous research methodologies to diverse audiences. Through working with Indigenous people internationally, Shawn has applied Indigenist philosophy within the contexts of Indigenous education, health and counsellor education. In addition to further articulating Indigenous philosophies and research paradigms, his research focuses on the inter-related concepts of identity, health and healing, culture and wellbeing. This has led to the soon to be released Research and Reconciliation: Unsettling ways of knowing through Indigenous relationships. His book, Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods has been cited more than 2,200 times and is used a text in many universities.

Shawn currently sits on the Advisory Committee for the Indigenous Inquiries Circle of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry; the Advisory Group for Aboriginal Affairs Research, NSW Dept. Aboriginal Affairs and the editorial board of AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples.

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-Supervisor

E: shawn.wilson@scu.edu.au

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