Research Interests: Indigenous education; Youth studies; Alternative schooling

Researcher biography

Associate Professor Marnee Shay is a Principal Research Fellow in the School of Education at the University of Queensland. She is an Aboriginal woman with maternal connections to Wagiman Country (Daly River region, Northern Territory), born in Brisbane, with strong connections to Indigenous communities in South East Queensland.

A/Prof Shay has an extensive externally funded research program that spans the fields of Indigenous education, policy studies, flexi schooling, and youth studies. She has published in many journals, books and scholarly media outlets. A/Prof Shay is the lead editor of a critical text in the field of Indigenous education, "Indigenous education in Australia Learning and Teaching for Deadly Futures", published by Routledge in 2021 (with Prof Oliver). The book won a national award for 'The Tertiary/VET Teaching and Learning Resource (wholly Australian) category at the Education Publishing Awards Australia.

A/Prof Shay's research has substantially impacted policy and practice in her field. She has contributed to numerous policy submissions, non-traditional research outputs (such as podcasts) and school reviews. She serves on multiple Government and school boards and committees, including the Queensland Department of Education Ministerial Advisory Committee for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education. Dr Shay's research contributions to education were recognised in 2020 through a National Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) award, a Queensland branch ACEL Excellence in Educational Leadership Award, and the 2021 UQ Foundation for Research Excellence Award.

A/Prof Shay advocates for strengths approaches in Indigenous education and Indigenous-based evidence to inform policy futures.

A/Prof Shay is a Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence "Indigenous Futures" 2023-2029.

Other current research projects include:

ARC Indigenous Discovery 2021 'Co-designing Indigenous education policy in Queensland'

AIATSIS Indigenous Research Exchange 'Binung Ma Na Du - cultural stories and living histories on Wakka Wakka Country.'

ARC Centre of Excellence 'Digital Child' Associate Investigator and Indigenous Advisor

Edmund Rice Education Australia 'Indigenous education excellence in Flexi Schools'

UQ FREA Award 'Reconceptualising Indigenous education through a discourse of excellence.'