Dr Liz Mackinlay

Honorary Associate Professor

School of Education
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Elizabeth (Liz) Mackinlay is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Queensland where she teaches Research Methods, Gender Studies and Arts Education. She holds a PhD in ethnomusicology from The University of Adelaide and a PhD in education from the University of Queensland. Her book, Teaching and learning like a feminist: Storying our experiences in higher educationwas published by Sense Publishers in 2016 and together with Briony Lipton, co-authored the 2017 Palgrave publication, We only talk feminist here: Feminist academics, voice and agency in the neo-liberal university. Her most recent book, Critical writing for embodied approaches: Autoethnography, feminism and decoloniality is due for publication by Palgrave in 2019. In 2007 she published her Education PhD as a book, Disturbances and dislocations: Teaching and learning Aboriginal women’s music and dancewith Peter Lang and has co-edited a number of books since then including Musical islands: Exploring connections between music, place and research (2009), Applied ethnomusicology: Historical and contemporary approaches (2010), The Routledge international handbook of intercultural arts (2015).

Liz is currently involved in a number of research projects which include "In-sister: reading and writing with Helene Cixous", decoloniality and education, critical autoethnography as heartline work, and feminism in higher education. She has professional associations with the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association, the Australian Association for Research in Education, the Association for Qualitative Research, and Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines.


  • Post Grad Dip Education, The University of Queensland
  • Honours Ethnomusicology, The University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Music, The University of Adelaide
  • PhD, The University of Queensland


  • Mackinlay, Elizabeth and Mickelburgh, Renée (2023). Correction to: Critical Autoethnography and Écriture Feminine. Critical Autoethnography and Écriture Feminine. (pp. C1-C1) Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-40051-3_14

  • Mackinlay, Elizabeth (2023). Refusing Coloniality. Working with Theories of Refusal and Decolonization in Higher Education. (pp. 164-179) New York: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003367314-14

  • Mackinlay, Elizabeth and Mickelburgh, Renée (2023). Inter-View. Critical Authoethnography and Écriture Feminine. (pp. 161-167) Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-40051-3_13

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