Gillian Kennedy

Coordinator, Aboriginal Studies
Gillian Kennedy MIntl&ComnDev, BEd(Primary)

Phone: 9192 0651

  • Biography

    Gillian Kennedy is the coordinator of Aboriginal Studies programs at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Broome campus. She holds a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and a Masters in Community and International Development. Gillian has lived in the Kimberley region since 2007, firstly working in remote Aboriginal communities as a teacher and then as a project worker with Indigenous Protected Area and Aboriginal ranger programs. In 2011 she moved to Broome and began working as a researcher at the Nulungu Research Institute. Her research interests include Indigenous studies, Indigenous education, and evaluation of Aboriginal programs. Recently she has been working with the WA Police and the WA Judiciary on professional development programs that build cultural and historical understandings of First Nations contexts.

  • Research Expertise and Supervision

    Gillian has been involved in a number of research projects in the areas of Indigenous Higher Education, Indigenous ranger programs, and evaluation of Aboriginal community programs. She has also been involved in projects relating to Indigenous justice - including the police and judiciary. Gillian is supervising one Masters student: Voicing Aboriginal Experiences of Funerals.

  • Journal Articles and Proceedings

    • Wilks, J., Kennedy, G., Drew, N., Wilson, K., (2018). Indigenous data sovereignty in higher education: Towards a decolonised data quality framework. Australian Universities Review. Vol. 60, No. 2, pp. 4-14.
    • Drew, N., Wilks, J., Wilson, K., and Kennedy, G., (2016). Standing up to be counted: Data quality challenges in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education statistics. Australian Aboriginal Studies. 2016/No. 2, pp. 104-120.
  • Awards

    • 2018: Vice Chancellor’s Award for Initiatives that Enhance Student Learning, in recognition of excellence in Indigenous Education