Bronwyn Carlsonassociate professor Bronwyn Carlson

Room number: 19.1080A
Phone number: +61 2 4239 2526

Bronwyn is an Associate Professor, lecturing in the Indigenous Studies Unit, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts.

Academic Qualifications:

BA (Hons 1) Sociology and Aboriginal Studies from the University of Wollongong
PhD Sociology from the University of New South Wales

Bronwyn's dissertation is titled: The politics of identity: who counts as Aboriginal today? and is an examination of the complexities surrounding Aboriginal identity as it has been discursively produced in the everyday.

Bronwyn was the Winner of the 2013 Stanner Award presented by the Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). Read the full article.

Research Interests:

The politics of Indigenous identity – with particular interest in what it means to identify as an Aboriginal person today focussing on what constitutes and is constitutive of Aboriginal identity in contemporary times. 

Aboriginal identity and community and social networking sites - Given the popularity of online social networking sites I am particularly interested in how Aboriginal people represent and negotiate identity issues in the online space, more specifically in Facebook. I am interested in how questions of Aboriginal identity on social network sites are posed or counterposed. I am interested to explore whether Aboriginal people believe the ‘Aboriginal community’ can exist online.


Member - Native American & Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA)

Member of the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council's (AH&MRC) Ethics Committee's External Reference Panel. 

Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence LogoMember of the Institute of Social Transformation Research (ISTR).

Convenor of the Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence (FIRE) an ISTR associated group.
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Critical Friend, to the 'Australian Indigenous Studies Learning and Teaching Network'. Funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council - Office of Learning and Teaching (DEEWAR).

Member of the Working Group on Emergent Indigenous Identities, a collaborative research group with Northern Arizona University.
First Meeting, Northern Arizona University
Second Meeting, University of New South Wales

Director of The Echidna Group: Indigenous Research and Development Consultancy

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Current Research Projects:

Educational Strategies Development Grant 2014-2015
Project title:
Engaging local Aboriginal communities in curriculum development: Local knowledge: Aboriginal Illawarra and the South Coast

UIC International Links Grant 2014-2015
Project title:
Indigenous identities iin a global context: A collaborative curriculum project 

Educational Strategies Development Fund (ESDF) 2013
Project title:
Building Indigenous research capacity: Strengthening pathways for Indigenous students to Higher Degree Research at the University of Wollongong

ARC Discovery Indigenous Grant 2013 - 2016
Project Title:
Aboriginal identity and community online: a sociological exploration of Aboriginal peoples' use of social media.

UOW receives its first Discovery Indigenous Grant

ABC Speaking Out interview, available on SoundCloud

URC Research Partnership Grant 2013
Project Title:
Working with the local Aboriginal community: a pilot investigation of the cultural dimensions of services provided by the Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service.

Recent Publications:

Bodkin-Andrews, G. & Carlson, B. (2014). Racism, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identities, and higher education: Reviewing the burden of epistemological and other racisms¹. In R. Craven & J. Mooney (Eds), Seeding Success in Indigenous Australian Higher Education: What Research Says? United States of America: Emerald Publishing. 

Harris, M., Carlson, B. and Poata-Smith, E. 2013, 'Indigenous Identities and the Politics of Authenticity' in Harris, M., Nakata, M. & Carlson, B. The Politics of Identity: Emerging Indigeneity, University of Technology Sydney E-Press, Sydney.

Carlson, B. 2013 ‘The ‘new frontier’: Emergent Indigenous identities and social media’ in Harris, M., Nakata, M. & Carlson, B. The Politics of Identity: Emerging Indigeneity, University of Technology Sydney E-Press, Sydney. Available at,

McGloin, C. & Carlson, B. ‘Indigenous Studies and the Politics of Language’, Journal of University teaching and Learning Practice, 10(1), 2013. Available here.

Farrelly, T.  & Carlson, B. (2011) ‘Towards cultural competence in the justice sector’, Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse, Current Initiatives Issues Paper 3, June 2011, pp. 1-8. 

Lumby/Carlson, B. (2010) ‘Cyber-Indigeneity: Urban Indigenous identity on Facebook’, The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, vol. 39, supplement, pp. 68-75. 

Farrelly, T. & Lumby/Carlson, B (2009) ‘A best practice approach to cultural competence training’, Aboriginal & Islander Health Worker Journal, 33 (5) pp.14-22. 

Lumby/Carlson, B. & Farrelly, T. (2009) ‘Family violence, help-seeking & the close-knit Aboriginal community: Lessons for mainstream service provision’, Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse, Issues paper 19, September, pp. 1-24. 

Lumby/Carlson, B. & McGloin, C. (2009) ‘Re-presenting urban Aboriginal identities: Self-representation in ‘Children of the Sun’’, The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, Vol 38, pp. 27-38.

Farrelly, T. & Lumby/Carlson, B (2008) ‘Aboriginal ageing and disability issues in South West and Inner West Sydney’, Aboriginal & Islander Health Worker Journal, 32 (5) pp. 27-34.

Last reviewed: 26 February, 2015