Associate Professor Sandra Phillips will give the keynote address on Thursday’s Research Day, on ‘Indigenous and community writing, reading and publishing’. Sandra is Wakka Wakka and was raised on the Country of her family’s ancestors, she is also proudly Gooreng Gooreng. These First Nations are in the jurisdiction now known as Queensland.
Sandra does research in relation to Indigenous writing and Australian publishing following an industry career in same including training as a book editor with Magabala Books and UQP, and later managing the Aboriginal Studies Press (ASP). Since PhD conferral, Sandra has worked in the teaching and research ranks then in leadership roles at universities in the Australian Technology Network (ATN), the Group of Eight (Go8), and Innovative Research Universities (IRN). Formerly on the Library Board of Queensland, Sandra is now a member of the Management Board of UQP; and is a member of AIATSIS and of the First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN). Sandra has three adult sons and two granddaughters, and she finds involvement in family-led and Country-based community-building brings joy.