Indigenous Research

In line with the recommendations and initiatives of the Tarrkarri Tirrka (Future Learning), the University of Adelaide Integrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy, the University is committed to increasing the number of Indigenous researchers and research students.

While aiming to broaden our Indigenous research footprint, as this website shows, we start from a solid foundation of existing scholarship that will assist us in improving our Indigenous-related research performance.

As a research-intensive institution engaged with the community, we seek to raise the profile of Indigenous research and researchers within the University, and then to build upon that existing capacity.

With University-wide support, we will provide pathways for research students and early career researchers to help realise the ambitions of future generations of Indigenous Australians to access and succeed in higher research and education.

Australia’s first Indigenous Rhodes Scholar

Rebecca Richards, Rhodes Scholar
These formative experiences helped me to realise that the Indigenous knowledge of the ecology and history of South Australia and this continent is priceless. My fight for its recognition has fuelled my academic achievements.Rebecca Richards


Community engaged research

Indigenous research at the University of Adelaide is a broad definition. It encompasses both the important research conducted by Indigenous Australian researchers in their chosen field and from within their own knowledge, as well as research conducted by people across all sectors that involves Indigenous communities, and seeks to address the complex issues faced by Indigenous Australians.