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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