Dr Katelyn Barney

Senior Lecturer

Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)
+61 7 336 57318


Dr Katelyn Barney's research focuses on improving pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students into and through higher education and advancing understanding about the role of collaborative research and music making between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people. She has published across these areas and her latest edited book is Musical Collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous People in Australia: Exchanges in the Third Space. She is also Managing Editor of The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education.

She was a recent Equity Fellow with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) and her fellowship explored effective evaluation of university outreach with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary school students. Katelyn has co-hosted two podcasts with her colleague Professor Tracey Bunda: "Indigenous Success: Doing it, Thinking it, Being it" and a new podcast series "Indigenising Curriculum in Practice". Katelyn has also collaborated with Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, Professor Tracey Bunda and colleagues across universities to undertake a NCSEHE research grant to build the evidence to improve completion rates for Indigenous tertiary students.

Katelyn is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and her National Teaching Fellowship focused on developing pathways for Indigenous students from undergraduate study into Higher Degrees by Research.

Research Interests

  • Facilitating pathways into higher education for Indigenous students
  • Indigenous/non-Indigenous research collaborations
  • Intercultural musical collaborations between women


  • Graduate Certificate in Education, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Music, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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