Researcher biography

Marnee Shay is an Aboriginal educator and researcher who is passionate about social justice, equity and community-driven research. Marnee's maternal connections are to Wagiman country (Northern Territory) and she also has strong connections to Aboriginal communities in south east Queensland where she was raised.

Marnee is an experienced secondary school teacher in flexischools – that offer a flexible curriculum for marginalised students – and has worked in diverse community school and TAFE settings with disenfranchised young people, building on her roles as a youth worker and project coordinator roles in community settings. Her academic teaching for preservice teachers has included programs on Indigenous education and how to create positive learning environments for students.

Marnee is an experienced qualitative researcher who has worked across diverse schools and projects in urban, regional and remote communities. Her teaching career led to her current research interest in education for Indigenous peoples, particularly in diverse school settings including flexischools. She has developed a number of collaborative 'yarning' (story-telling) and creative research methodologies for undertaking ethical research in Indigenous communities. As the Chief Investigator on a large CRC project funded by the Lowitja Institute, Marnee has further developed these methodologies and outputs to explore identity and health and wellbeing with Indigenous young people in diverse school settings (completion: 2019).

Marnee's research interests are:

  • Alternative schooling
  • Indigenous education
  • Indigenous health and wellbeing
  • Indigenous education policy
  • Indigenous research ethics and methodologies