Aboriginal research & researchers

We are committed to an indigenous research agenda of pursuing social justice outcomes through research within a framework of decolonisation.

We work to enhance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, wellbeing and empowerment through research. Specific areas of research include:

  • self-determination
  • displacement and identity
  • international activist connections
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and climate change.


Moondani Balluk has a large output of academic research and creative works. This includes peer-reviewed journal articles, creative non-fiction and fiction, theatre and exhibitions. Our research covers the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, cultures and knowledges in areas such as:

  • climate change and the environment
  • human rights, sovereignty and politics
  • social studies
  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.

View Moondani Balluk publications – academic and creative works.

Aboriginal History Archive (AHA)

The Aboriginal History Archive is built around the Foley Collection.

This is an extensive archive of almost 500,000 items, collected over the past 45 years by Aboriginal activist/academic and Moondani Balluk researcher Professor Gary Foley.

The Archive documents over half a century of Aboriginal activism in Australia’s contemporary political history and adds the Aboriginal voices that are central to this complex era. Documented issues include the emergence, development and rise of the Aboriginal Black Power, land rights and self-determination movements in Australia.

The Archive includes:

  • correspondence
  • manuscripts
  • press clippings
  • photo collections
  • video recordings
  • radio programs
  • campaign ephemera and significant artefacts
  • collections of other key figures.

Research with Aboriginal & TSI people

Victoria University research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must gain approval by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). The proposed research will only be approved if it complies with these guidelines.

Researchers should engage with Moondani Balluk before submitting an application to the HREC.

Research grants, fellowships & scholarships

Moondani Balluk has been granted research funds for a variety of projects. We also offer postgraduate scholarships, post-doctoral research fellowships, and can help with undergraduate scholarships and other scholarships and funding.

Some of the research grants are made possible through the Discovery Indigenous Scheme.