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Dr Peta Jeffries is a lecturer, ethnographic historian in ‘Australian and Aboriginal histories’ and practicing visual artist who has published and exhibited works, and been awarded research grants and artists in residencies. Peta has a Bachelor of Arts (with first class honours) in visual arts and art history which informs current research and teaching practices in Indigenous studies subject design and curriculum development. Various field trips has taken Peta into western Victoria and the semi-arid regions of western NSW, SA, and QLD to carry out ecological and cultural heritage research. Peta’s art practice and historical research involves the use of ecological and sociological theories, environmental philosophies, and (auto)ethnographic approaches.

In 2010 Peta completed a Graduate Diploma in International Urban and Environmental Management which consolidated her teaching and research in Indigenous histories and policy, ethics for decolonisation, human rights and social justice, community health and wellbeing, ecological citizenship, Indigenous land use, environmental policy and history, histories of erasure, and the visual production of knowledge. Peta made a timely completion of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project PhD in ‘Australian and Aboriginal history’, researching social memories and oral histories. The PhD research focussed on the co-production of social, cultural, political and ecological knowledge. Peta graduated from the PhD in October 2016.


Peta has completed a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education and is committed to high quality evidence based pedagogical practices and to overcoming deficit discourses surrounding diverse learners and some forms of knowledge production. Further, Peta’s evidence-based teaching practice is focussed on the use of digital media, collaborative teaching and learning spaces, student retention and academic success, and creative online or blended teaching and learning.  Peta’s teaching and research interests are motivated by supporting diverse learners to become resilient and ecological citizens.

Subjects Peta has taught into at CSU:

  • Indigenous Perspectives in Secondary Education
  • Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
  • Indigenous Health
  • Aboriginal Cultures and Spirituality
  • Indigenous Australians and the Politics of Control

Research Interests

Peta's teaching and research intersects critical Indigenous studies; environmental studies; visual arts; education; history and eco-social work. With qualifications and research experience in each of these discipline areas, her approaches include arts-based and practice led; community-led; co-design, participatory; and action research. Peta does not identify as Indigenous, however, she does acknowledge her own colonising and colonised family histories. These complex histories guide Peta's ethnographic and arts practice as research, and her teaching, which aims to address systemic and environmental racism by increasing cultural safety, humility and responsiveness. Peta has experience in remote and arid/semi-arid ecological field surveying; Indigenous-led research - for example, "Traditional Ecological Knowledge" (TEK) and capacity or nation rebuilding; oral and social history; ethnography; Indigenous land and water rights; practice led and arts-based approaches; human rights; ethics, and critical pedagogies. 

Research interests include:

  • Arts-based and practice led research

  • Environmental (eco) social work

  • Ethnographic history

  • Co-production of social and ecological knowledges  

  • Critical Indigenous studies

  • Archival and desk-top

  • Social memories and oral histories

  • Decolonising

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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