Assoc Prof Tracey Bunda

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Associate Professor Tracey Bunda is an Ngugi/Wakka Wakka woman - a Goori woman from Queensland.  Her career in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education began in 1986 at the then Koori Program at the Gippsland Institute in Victoria.  Since that time she has worked at the Convenor of the Weemala Centre - Australian Catholic University, the Director of the Wollotuka Centre at Newcastle University, the Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education at the Ngunnawal Centre, University of Canberra and was Director of the Yunggorendi First Nations Centre from May 2005 until December 2007.


2004-2012  PhD Candidate - University of South Australia
Thesis Titled: "Solid or What?: Aboriginal Peoples' Relationship with the University"

1986   Bachelor of Education, Queensland University of Technology (1986)


Teaching interests

As a Goori woman educator, Tracey holds academic interests in the complexity of race relationships between Aboriginal peoples and white institutions.  In this context her current research gives focus to Aboriginal life-experiences as the theoretical framework for Aboriginal people's engagement in higher education in order to provide a critical and alternate reading of the university.  Her research profile is commencing though her objective is to develop knowledge that centres around Aboriginal voices to provide counter constructions of white institutions, predominately educational, for transformation of that institution and Aboriginal liberation.  Broad areas of interest include: Ngugi Wakka Wakka cultural theory, education and leadership theory, critical race theory, research methodologies and postcolonialities.

Research and supervision


Book chapters
  • Bunda, T.A. (2007). The Sovereign Aboriginal Woman. In Aileen Moreton-Robinson, ed. Sovereign Subjects: Indigenous Sovereignty Matters. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen and Unwin, pp. 75-85.
Refereed journal articles
  • Bunda, T.A., Zipin, L. and Brennan, M. (2012). Negotiating university equity from Indigenous standpoints: A shaky bridge. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INCLUSIVE EDUCATION, 16(9) pp. 941-957. [10.1080/13603116.2010.523907]
  • Andersen, C., Bunda, T.A. and Walter, M. (2008). Indigenous higher education: the role of universities in releasing the potential. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 37 pp. 1-8. [Link]
Refereed conference papers
  • Bunda, T. and Wurm, J.A. (2013). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers - Tellin' the Stories of Teachers: Tellin' the Stories of Teaching. In J White, ed. AARE Conference Papers. Australian Association for Research in Education. Australian Association for Research in Education Conference. Adelaide, SA. Dec 2013. [Link]

Professional and community engagement

2012 Project Manager - Tellin' the stories of Teachin': Tellin' the Stories of Teachers
2011 Chairperson, Review of the Kulbardi Centre for Aboriginal Studies Murdoch University
2006-2007 Treasurer, Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association
2006 Carrick Institute of Learning and Teaching Leadership Grant $200,000
2005-2008 Member National Indigenous Higher Education Council Public Lectures

Further information

Bunda, T. 2007.  "The Sovereign Aboriginal Woman in Sovereign Subjects",
Aileen Moreton-Robinson (Ed.) Allen and Unwin, Sydney.

Bunda, T. 2006.  "Self Determination: Actualising the Space in Sharing Space: Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Response, Story Country and Rights".  Australian Studies Press.

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