Dr Katelyn Barney

Senior Lecturer

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit
+61 7 336 57318


Dr Katelyn Barney is a 2019/20 NCSEHE Equity Fellow. Her research focuses on facilitating pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students into and through higher education and collaborative research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who perform contemporary music. She has published across these areas, co-edited a number of special Issues of journals, and also edited the books Collaborative Ethnomusicology: New Approaches to Music Research between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and Musical Islands: Exploring Connections between Music, Place and Research. She is also Managing Editor of The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education.

Her National Teaching Fellowship focused on developing pathways for Indigenous students from undergraduate study into Higher Degrees by Research. She was project coordinator of the Higher Education and Equity Support Program (HEESP) project “Transitions: Facilitating and Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students”. Kate also completed a two year research project with colleagues at five universities exploring PEARL (political, embodied, active, and reflective learning) as a teaching and learning approach in Indigenous Australian studies. She continues to collaborate with Indigenous colleagues exploring the contemporary music making of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers.

Research Interests

  • Facilitating pathways into higher education for Indigenous students
  • Indigenous/non-Indigenous research collaborations
  • Indigenous Australian contemporary music
  • Teaching and learning Indigenous Australian studies


  • 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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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor