Dr Katelyn Barney is a Senior Lecturer in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit. Her major research interests include faciliating pathways and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Higher Degree students, collaborative research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who perform contemporary music, and teaching and learning approaches in Indigenous Australian studies. 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 and co-leader of the Australian Indigenous Studies Learning and Teaching Network.
Her National Teaching Fellowship focused on developing pathways for Indigenous students from undergraduate study into Research Higher Degrees. 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 and 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.