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 researchers and academics
Our researchers and academics bring years of valuable experience to the Carumba Institute, and form part of a teaching, research and supervisory team that's dedicated to building Indigenous research capability.
Meet our researchers, academics, joint appointments and support team.Meet our team
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.
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.
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