Dr Helena Onnudottir

Lecturer in Anthropology, School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University

Biography/Research Interests

Dr Helena Onnudottir is a lecturer in Anthropology in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology.  Her areas of research interest include: Aboriginal Australia, Indigenous spiritualities, religious and traditional changes and Aboriginal/Indigenous rights to land and culture.  Currently, Helena's research involves an investigation of religious changes within Aboriginal Australia as well a recent cultural, political, and ontological changes taking place among Icelanders.


PhD (Social Anthropology), Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University (2003) 

Master of Arts (Hons.) Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University (1996)

Bachelor of Arts (major in Social Anthropology), Department of Social Sciences, University of Iceland (1992) 

Recent Publications


Piracha, A., Onnudottir, H. and K. Dunn. (2016) 'Urban-Rural Geographies of Aboriginal Religious and non-Religious Identification/' eds. James L. Cox and Adam Possamai, Religion and Non-Religion among Australian Aboriginal Peoples, London: Routledge.

Onnudottir, H. (2016) Book review of 2015 Morris, B. (2013) Protests, Land Rights and Riots: postcolonial politics in Australia in the 1980s, New York: Berghahn American Anthropologist, vol. 118, iss. 4, pp. 934-35.


Onnudottir, H. (2014) "Of Monsters and Humans in Icelandic Society", eds.Yasmine Musharbash and Geir-Henning Presterudstuen, Monster Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond, Palgrave-McMillan (pp. 179-193).


Onnudottir, H., Possamai, A. and Turner, B. (2013). Religious Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Making of Religious Identities , Ashgate, U.K.

Onnudottir, H., Possami, A. Turner, B. and Kennedy, M. (2013) "Australian Aboriginal Muslims in Prison", Journal of Intercultural Studies, volume 34, issue 3.


Onnudottir, H., Possamai A. and Turner B. (2012) 'Islam and Indigenous Populations in Australia and New Zealand' in F. Mansouri and V. Marotta (eds.) Muslims, Multiculturalism and the Challenges of Representations and Belonging, MUP, Melbourne.


Onnudottir, H., Possami, A. and Turner, B. (2010), 'Islam: a new religious vehicle for Aboriginal self-empowerment in Australia', International Journal for the Study of New Religions, vol. 1. no. 1, pp. 49-74.

Darcy, M., Garland, D., Schraner, I., Richardson, R., Bolzan, N., Onnudottir, H. and Brooker, R. (2010), Homeless in Parramatta, UWS Research Partnership Project, Parramatta City Council and the University of Western Sydney.

Contact: h.onnudottir@uws.edu.au

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