Indigenous research excellence

The Carumba Institute was established in 2020 at our Kelvin Grove campus.

The word carumba means great, outstanding or significant, and was given by Yugara Elder Kerry Charlton, who works on Yugara Language revitalisation, family and community history, culture, education and research.

Our projects

We're developing key research projects to enhance, evolve and share Indigenous perspectives throughout the research sphere.

Indigenous perspectives in curriculum

Gaining a better awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives benefits students as civic citizens and in their future careers, no matter where life takes them.

These units are designed as a university-wide option, and provides opportunities to engage with and reflect on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives across all discipline areas.

Engaging with Indigenous Perspectives: Respectful Engagement (CIB101)

Engaging with Indigenous Perspectives: Understanding Rights (CIB102)

International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies

The Carumba Institute edits and publishes the International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies (IJCIS). New issues are released twice a year, disseminating scholarship across the humanities, social sciences, health sciences, law and education in the field of Indigenous studies. The journal accepts submissions from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics and offers opportunities to be a peer reviewer of articles.

Visit the IJCIS website

Our involvement with the IJCIS

Our initiatives


The National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) was established in 2012 as a network of Indigenous researchers. Now in a legacy phase, NIRAKN previously offered capacity building workshops, reading groups, and seminars for Indigenous postgraduate students nation wide.

Visit the NIRAKN website

Webinar by Dr Veronica Goerke (Curtin University)

The Carumba Institute hosted Dr Veronica Goerke via webinar, who shared research findings from her policy ethnography on reconciliation in Australian universities.

Carumba Institute writing retreats

The Carumba Institute hosts off-campus writing retreats twice a year, providing QUT Indigenous research students space and a supportive environment to write without distraction. There are no costs for students, but they must have passed confirmation of candidature to attend.

Embedding Indigenous Perspectives

In 2020, eight QUT academics presented at the Indigenous Perspectives in Learning and Teaching Forum. The Carumba Institute awarded grants to the top four proposals on how to embed culturally safe spaces through QUT curriculum.

AFHEA (Indigenous) Program

QUT received accreditation in 2019 to run the Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) Indigenous program, offering recognition for embedding Indigenous perspectives in higher education learning and teaching. The online learning module was developed in partnership with the Carumba Institute and the QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching (QALT).

Learning and teaching at QUT

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Contact the Carumba Institute for more information about how we work, and how to get involved.