Department of Indigenous Studies

Department of Indigenous Studies

We teach Indigenous Studies at undergraduate level as a major or a minor and most students study our program alongside another degree. We also offer a PhD or Master of Research in Indigenous Studies. Our academics draw on a range of other disciplines as well and focus on politics, history, culture, the arts and education.

We adhere to Macquarie’s Learning and teaching strategic framework. For support in using our teaching tools such as iTeach and iLearn, see Macquarie’s teaching technologies and tools page. If you are having technical problems, raise a One-Help ticket to get assistance from the IT department.

Head of Department

Dr Trudy Ambler

Prior to her employment at Macquarie University Trudy worked extensively in the school sector in the United Kingdom (UK), Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Australia as a teacher, administrator and education advisor. Trudy is currently Associate Dean (Quality and Standards) in the Faculty or Arts and throughout her career in education she has maintained an enduring interest in teacher learning. This interest first became apparent in 1992 when she was encouraged by her school Principal to enrol in a Master of Education. In that course her dissertation explored the way that informal conversations between teachers can contribute to their learning.

Research and funding

Our department is keen to take on new and challenging projects. We are eager to work with those interested in making a significant contribution to strengthening the socio-economic fabric of Australia through positive change, understanding and knowledge.

Indigenous Education

Research into Indigenous Education is a crucial tool to empowering Indigenous Australians as well as educating non-Indigenous people about our people, culture and histories. Whist the primary focus of our research is higher education, we are interested in all levels of education.

Racism and self-perceptions

A greater understanding is needed to not only identify how race may impact on self-perception and wellbeing, but also how to promote stronger levels of strength and resiliency to reduce the negative impact of racism.

Indigenous body and identity

This cross-disciplinary area of research which investigates the ways in which the Indigenous body has been socially and culturally constructed, and therefore positioned as a space that challenges the production of self, identity and belonging. Critical frameworks for this field of inquiry consider issues of gender, class, race, sex and sexuality, socio-cultural influences, as well as other factors.

The Faculty Research Office can help you with research-related questions, and should be your first point of contact. Further information can be found on Macquarie’s research web pages, including information on grants and funding.  

If you have travel requirements for your research, Macquarie offers travel support and info. When it comes time to present your research, our marketing and communications team can help you understand our brand and media engagement guidelines.

If you are undertaking research, you must ensure compliance with the Human Ethics Committee and the Animal Ethics Committee. You must also seek approval from the Biosafety Committee.

Employee support and safety

Macquarie wants to ensure all staff enjoy a safe, happy, productive working environment. We offer support to get you started and are transparent about our employee benefits. It is important to be aware of our Safety at work policies, as well as the University's wellbeing services that range from employment support to childcare.

Macquarie University’s health and safety policy ensures a safe work and study environment for both students and staff. Staff are encouraged to read our health and safety requirements should they need to report an incident or hazard. All staff are required to complete the Health & Safety Induction modules.

Get involved

If you are interested in getting involved with our research, contact the Faculty of Arts Research Office ( Or for more information on how to partner with us, contact our Research Partnership Manager: 

Carly Evans

C5C 315
T: +61 2 9850 4057 

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