Researcher biography

Elizabeth Mackinlay is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Queensland where she teaches Arts Education, Indigenous Education, Qualitative Research Methods and Women's Studies. Liz completed her PhD in Ethnomusicology in 1998 and continues her work with Aboriginal women at Burrulula in the Northern Territory of Australia. She also completed a PhD in Education at the University of Queensland in 2003 and has a primary education degree from Charles Darwin University.

Her book, Disturbances and dislocations: Teaching and learning Aboriginal women's music and dance, was published in 2007 by Peter Lang. She has co-edited a number of books with Cambridge Scholars Press, including Aesthetics and experience in music performance (2005), Musical islands (2009) and Applied ethnomusicology: Historical approaches and new perspectives (2011). Liz has published many chapters and articles in the fields of ethnomusicology, Indigenous education, music and arts education, and feminist studies. Liz is currently working on a book titled Teaching and learning like a feminist: Stories of experience in higher education to be published by Sense Publishers in late 2014/early 2015.

Liz is currently involved in a number of different research projects which include drumming circles for primary students, the politics and pedagogies of Indigenous Australian studies in primary and tertiary education contexts, programs for mentoring Indigenous pre-service teachers, music and mothering, and feminism in higher education. Liz is currently the editor of the Music Education Research and Innovation (MERI) and co-editor of the Australian Journal of Indigenous Education (AJIE).

Featured projects Duration
Research on effective strategies for improving school attendance
Queensland Deptartment of Education and Training
2016