Choosing your supervisor

Supervisors play a key role in your research candidature. Choosing the right one and maintaining a professional relationship is pivotal to successfully completing your PhD or Masters degree. There are many academic supervisors at QUT looking to supervise Indigenous students within specific fields of expertise. If you are interested in any of the topics below, contact the supervisor(s) for further information.

You may also be interested in research projects that are looking for Indigenous applicants:

Indigenous Scholarships through Research Projects

Carumba Institute

Indigenous & First Nations education, teacher & academic professional development, higher education, curriculum design + pedagogies, diversity education, rights-based education, education admin and leadership.

Financial literacy education with Indigenous peoples, the role of Education in First Nation Trust Agreements, Digital Financial Tools, Indigenous higher research degrees candidates, praxis, and social justice.

Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland

Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems & Cooperative Automated Vehicle Perspectives.

School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Retailing, consumer behaviour, consumer financial decision-making, service interactions, or consumer behaviour new digital environments such as on social media or in response to artificial intelligence.

Social marketing (using marketing to facilitate behaviour change) – energy efficiency, public transport, preventative health, participation in education, homelessness, respectful relationships, biosecurity.

Business development management, international marketing, Global business, Strategic marketing.

School of Clinical Sciences

School of Communication

Indigenous cultural centres: developing strategies for reconciliation, education & creative production.

First Nations scholarship & advocacy.

Social media and how it impacts people's everyday life.

Changes in the television industry, particularly internet distributed television.

Digital equality and inclusion, gender, sexuality and CALD communities.

Law, governance & regulation of digital media, with a focus on intimate partner/domestic/family & sexual violence.

Digital Inclusion & participation, focusing on digital skills development in regional & remote communities.

The video games industry, particularly skills development, eSports, data analytics & videogames history.

School of Creative Practice

Transcultural art production in First Nations contexts.

Storymaking for Impact: Innovative & inclusive community engagement processes.

Frameworks for impact assessment of collaboration, creativity & community well-being through arts engagement.

Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Approaches to design, development & delivery of arts-based projects in Australia that consciously represent the interests, needs & capacity of communities & promote healthy, sustainable communities.

Creative practice as a process to develop capacity & belonging with cohorts experiencing access & equity obstacles to accessing higher education.

Australian country music as a form of creative placemaking in urban, regional, remote & First Nations communities.

Studies in Creative Practice.

Creative industries, practice-led research, decolonising methodologies, visual arts, public art, multi-media, photo media.

School of Design

Co-designing Access to Art with Regional Communities.

Fashion, fashion and art, textiles and community.

School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education

Indigenous languages, experiences of boarding schools, and other topics.

Children and young peoples' rights.

Young First Nations males engagement at school, & minimising/preventing their engagement in the juvenile justice system.

Indigenous Education, Youth Justice, Social Justice & Inclusive Education, Exclusionary Practices, Racial Profiling of Minority Groups.

Inclusive education.

Bullying among indigenous students.

School of Economics and Finance

Development and evaluation of programs in health, and legal support, community expectations and public policy, behavioural economics, IP.

School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics

Drones and AI for mapping sites of sites with cultural and heritage significance.

Automated Environmental Monitoring for Indigenous Peoples.

School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Trauma informed physical activity, application of wearable sensors in assessing motor skills development, child development and the role of exercise.

School of Justice

Gendered crime, drug use and rural and remote crime.

Politics & policy, contemporary Indigenous policy in Australia, settler colonialism, racism & whiteness

School of Law

Human Rights Law, Environmental Law (International and Domestic), Food law & standards, Critical Race Theory or related theories (systems of oppression and colonial processes to law and society).

Copyright/designs/trademark /patent law, plant breeders’ rights, access to genetic resources, trade secrets & confidential information, tobacco control, access to medicines, Indigenous cultural heritage, native title, the UNDRIP.

Health law/health ethics/health policy – issues around the legal regulation or ethical governance of the health system, including the right to health.

Health law, medical ethics, children as patients, organ & tissue transplantation & donation, substitute decision-making, supported decision-making, end of life decision-making & biomedical research.

Environmental law & biodiversity – natural capital & caring for country, international trade & technology.

Child maltreatment law & public health preference given to students drawing on Australian Child Maltreatment Study dataset.

Children’s health law, law on consent to medical treatment, law regarding trans & gender diverse youth, suicide law.

Health law, medical litigation, regulation of health professionals; elder law; compensation & redress for institutional abuse of children.

QLD/International human rights law, with particular expertise in environmental & intergenerational issues, including the rights of older people.

School of Mathematical Sciences

Research in statistical modelling and statistical machine learning, and the application of new methods to practical problems.

School of Mechanical, Medical & Process Engineering

Chemical process engineering, industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology, research in MLA Wastes to Profits project and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology.

School of Public Health and Social Work

Value Based Healthcare, Statistics, Emergency care.

Health Economics.

Public Health, Diabetic Foot Disease.

Health Management.

Paediatric Respiratory Health.

Public health, disadvantaged populations.

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Engagement & Learning, Digital learning, Media Education, Education partnerships, NITV & Education, SBSLearn Indigenous online education resources, Australian Curriculum General Capabilities in practice, Communities of practice.