Dr Katelyn Barney

Senior Lecturer

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit

NCSEHE Research Academic

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit
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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, 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.

She is an Equity Fellow with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) exploring effective evaluation of university outreach with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary school students. Katelyn is also currently collaborating 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 teriary 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. She was project coordinator of the Higher Education and Equity Support Program project “Transitions: Facilitating and Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students”. Katelyn also completed a large scale 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 colleague Lexine Solomon and their current project explores intercultural musical collaborations between Indigenous women and other women from diverse nations.

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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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor