Executive director

Professor Peter Anderson

Professor Peter J. Anderson is from the Walpiri and Murinpatha First Nations in the Northern Territory.

His research theorises the understandings of the organisational value of academic freedom in Australian universities, and also more broadly in the polar south. He researches in the areas of:

  • organisational leadership
  • Indigenous peoples’ education
  • teacher and academic professional development.

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Senior Lecturer

Dr Levon Blue

Dr Levon Blue is a member of Beausoleil First Nations in Canada. Levon is a Senior Lecturer at the Carumba Institute (QUT) and an editor of the International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies. Her research interests include financial literacy education, Indigenous higher education, and social justice. Levon's PhD focused on financial literacy education practices in an Aboriginal community in Canada.

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Associate Lecturer

Melanie Saward (Creative Industries/Carumba Institute)

Melanie Saward is a descendant of the Wakka Wakka and Bigambul people. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, a Postgraduate Certificate in Writing, Editing, and Publishing, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing. She is an experienced writer and editor, and in 2018 her manuscript Why Worry Now was shortlisted for the Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award, and the Varuna/Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship.

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Bridget Hughes (School of Education/Carumba Institute)

Bridget Hughes is a Butchulla First Nations woman from Fraser Island. She holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and School Improvement from the University of Cambridge and is nearing completion of her PhD at QUT. Her research focuses on the collective and social impact of programs and services, and how that influences educational outcomes for Indigenous children.

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Professional staff

Indigenous Postgraduate Programs Officer

Ashley Fox

Ashley Fox is from Pita-Pita and Kalkadoon First Nations in Queensland and is the Indigenous Postgraduate Programs Officer at the QUT Carumba Institute. His role enables the provision of a culturally safe education environment through engagement with Indigenous HDR students enrolled at QUT. Through this role, Ashley works across organisational boundaries with the Equity Services Department, the Oodgeroo Unit and the Research & Innovation Office. He is also the provider of recruitment, pathway, and retention strategies that aim to support Indigenous candidates from enrolment to completion.

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