Indigenous politics


The School is home to the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration (ISRC), a multi-disciplinary research unit devoted to exploring the challenges that lie at the heart of relations between Indigenous and settler Australians. Researchers in the ISRC work in partnership with a range of Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations in Australia to explore what might inform, shape and give life to more just relations between Indigenous and settler peoples.

The ISRC focus on relationality marks the emergence of a new field of research, one that is distinct from both the critical interrogation of settler colonialism’s impact upon Indigenous peoples, and from scholarship that speaks back to the settler state. Instead, researchers in the ISRC augment these approaches through an exploration of the social, legal and political conditions though which relations between Indigenous and settler peoples manifest.

The ISRC includes a core research team and a network of established scholars from a wide range of disciplines in the School and beyond.

Together, the ISRC undertake projects, produce publications (including a book series with Springer), and host the popular Critical Public Conversations webinar series, all of which engage with the challenges of Indigenous-settler relations. In 2021 the ISRC will launch an interdisciplinary program to support graduate research students in the field from across the University.

Research fields

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PoliticsIndigenous GovernanceIndigenous PoliticsIndigenous Public Policy
Indigenous RightsInternational InstitutionsPolitical TheoryPostcolonialism
ReconciliationSettler Colonialism  

Geographic regions of research

Australia and New ZealandCentral AmericaCentral AsiaEastern Asia
MelanesiaNorthern AmericaPolynesiaSouth America
South-eastern AsiaSouthern AsiaWestern Asia