Indigenous Knowledge Institute

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Installation view of the work Ancestral Memory.  by aArtist Maree Clarke

The Institute is a gathering place for Aboriginal knowledge, seeking to understand, document, and curate Indigenous and First Nations knowledge. Image: Ancestral Memory by Maree Clarke. Photograph: Christian Capurro

The Indigenous Knowledge Institute aims to advance research and education in Indigenous knowledge systems and to harness this knowledge to address emerging and future global challenges.

Building knowledge

Wominjeka - welcome.

The Indigenous Knowledge Institute is a focal point for Indigenous research activity and programs at the University. It supports teaching and understanding of cultures that are the oldest on Earth. Cultures that have too long been neglected, ignored or forgotten in universities and society.

The Institute builds on exciting research and education activities already underway at the University. This includes work in language, arts and music, life sciences, engineering and design and health.

Promoting research, engagement, and education

The Institute prioritises close working relationships with communities of Indigenous knowledge holders at local, regional and global levels.

Collaborating with government, businesses, philanthropic organisations and the public, the institute’s interdisciplinary approach will increase engagement with, and advance research and education in, Indigenous knowledge systems.

The Institute will provide opportunities for Indigenous academics, graduate students, and organisations and community members, building a stronger Indigenous research cohort – within and beyond the University.

Stay tuned for information on research projects, graduate research and fellowship programs, community engagement and funding opportunities.

We look forward to welcoming you.

During the Indigenous Knowledge Institute's establishment phase, more information is available from

Watch: Indigenous knowledge and culture at the University

Students and staff are learning and researching in collaboration with the Traditional Owners of the lands where our campuses are located, along with the Yolngu community in northeast Arnhem Land, and Indigenous peoples in Canada, New Zealand and Norway.

Hear from Vice-Chancellor Professor Duncan Maskell, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) Professor Shaun Ewen and Associate Dean (Indigenous) Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Professor Sandra Eades as they reflect on their experiences at the University.

Learn more about Indigenous knowledge and culture and how it is making a significant contribution to the University of Melbourne