No photo available

Professor Peter Anderson


  • Bio/Profile
  • Professor Peter J. Anderson is from the Walpiri and Murinpatha First Nations in the Northern Territory. He is a Professor of Education at QUT and leads the Carumba Institute as the Executive Director as of 2020. He is also the Director of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN).

    Professor Anderson’s research theorizes the understandings of the organisational value of academic freedom in Australian universities and also more broadly in the polar south. He researches in the areas of organisational leadership, Indigenous peoples’ education, and teacher and academic professional development.

    Under Professor Anderson’s leadership, the Carumba Institute is transforming both Indigenous research and Indigenous education. Central to his role are training and employment-enhancing initiatives and fostering engagement and partnerships that matter to Indigenous people and communities through the Institute.

    In 2020, in partnership with QALT, Professor Anderson successfully achieved a global first accreditation for the Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) (Indigenous), which is a flagship education program for the Carumba Institute. This innovative professional development program is the first of its kind, aiming to increase Indigenous participation, celebrate Indigenous excellence and recognise Indigenous contribution.

    In 2020, Professor Anderson was elected as a member of AIATSIS, which is equivalent to membership of Australia’s Learned Academies under the Excellence in Research (ERA) Framework. In 2018 he was elected as an executive member  of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium, and appointed to the Research Advisory Committee of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.