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Professor Bronwyn Carlson is an Aboriginal woman who was born on and lives on D'harawal Country in NSW Australia. Bronwyn was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Indigenous grant in 2013 for research on Aboriginal identity and community online (IN1301000360), and a second ARC in 2016 for research on Indigenous help-seeking on social media (IN160100049). In 2019 she was awarded a third consecutive ARC grant (IN200100010), specifically focusing on Indigenous experiences of online violence. Bronwyn is the author of The Politics of Identity: Who Counts as Aboriginal Today? (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2016), which includes a chapter on identity and community on social media. She is widely published on the topic of Indigenous cultural, social and political engagements on social media including co-editing and contributing to two special issues; the Australasian Journal of Information Systems (2017) on “Indigenous Activism on Social Media’ and Media International Australia (2018) on “Indigenous Innovation on Social Media” and an edited volume with Rutgers Univeristy Press (2020) "Indigenous People Rise Up: The Global Ascendancy of Social Media Activism". She is also the founding and managing editor of the Journal of Global Indigeneity and the convenor of The Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence (FIRE).

Research interests

Her research interests include Indigenous identities, Digital Indigenous Humanities and Global Indigeneity. She is the recipient of the 2013 Stanner award administered by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies for her Doctoral thesis on the politics of Indigenous identity. She has been awarded three consecutive solo ARC Discovery Indigenous grants focussing on Indigenous identity and community online on social media, help-seeking and giving on social media and online violence including cyberbullying and racism experienced by Indigenous peoples.

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Associate Professor

Dec 2011May 2017

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Research Output

  • Indigenous activism and social media: a global response to #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA

    Carlson, B. & Frazer, R., 2016, Negotiating digital citizenship: control, contest and culture. McCosker, A., Vivienne, S. & Johns, A. (eds.). London; New York: Rowman & Littlefield International, p. 115-130 16 p.

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  • Mediating Tragedy: Facebook, Aboriginal Peoples and Suicide

    Carlson, B. L., Farrelly, T., Frazer, R. & Borthwick, F., 2015, In : Australasian Journal of Information Systems. 19, p. 1-15 15 p.

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