Associate Professor Corrinne Sullivan

Associate Professor Corrinne Sullivan

Associate Dean, Indigenous Education,
Dean's Unit, School of Social Sciences

Associate Professor in Geography,
Geography, Tourism & Planning


Corrinne is an Aboriginal scholar from the Wiradjuri Nation in Central-West New South Wales. Her research interests are multi-disciplinary and focus broadly on experiences and effects of body and identity in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Corrinne’s knowledges stem from the disciplines of Indigenous Studies and Human Geography, and she utilises both to understand the ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are affected by their experiences of space and place. Corrinne's Honour’s thesis entitled, 'Moral Linen: Indigenous and non-Indigenous experiences of dress in Parramatta Girls Home' was awarded the University Medal in Human Geography (2012). Her doctoral research explored the lived experiences of Aboriginal sex workers, Corrinne's thesis 'Indigenous Australian experiences of sex work: Stories of Agency, Autonomy and Self-Determination' was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Academic Excellence (2020). 

Her current research project explores Indigenous Australian sexuality and gender diversity. For Indigenous Australians that identify as sexually and/or gender diverse there can be significant implications on cultural/social identities, and are at risk of being ostracised, ignored, silenced, be socially and culturally stigmatised, and may face rejection and ejection from their families and communties. The key objectives of this research initiative are to fill the gap in this area of knowledge by; working with Indigenous Australians who identify as sexually and/or gender diverse, and with Indigenous community organisations to develop appropriate educational resources that can contribute toward building inclusive communities. The outcomes of this research will inform law-making, policy, as well as access and delivery of support and services that are culturally appropriate, relevant, and morally unbiased.

Corrinne also conducts research in the area of Indigenous Education, and has expertise in the area of Indigenous curriculum and pedagogy development. She is a dedicated teacher whose passion lies in creating dynamic and thought-provoking classrooms. She takes pride in creating learning spaces where students can critically engage with their and other students’ racisms, prejudices and biases. Her dedication to teaching was recognised in 2017 when she was awarded the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Citation: ‘For the development of a transformative and motivating learning space in Indigenous Studies that has inspired students to critically and sensitively reflect on their perspectives and worldviews’.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Sullivan.


  • PhD Macquarie University
  • Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research University of Melbourne
  • BA Macquarie University

Professional Memberships

  • National LGBTI Health Alliance (2012)
  • Centre for Global Indigenous Futures (2021)
  • Geographical Society of NSW (2017)
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (2012)
  • Institute of Australian Geographers (2012)
  • Association of American Geographers (2014)
  • Associate Member, Indigenous Allied Health Australia (2015)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit, School of Social Sciences
  • Geography, Tourism & Planning


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Chapters in Books

  • Morseu-Diop, N., Sullivan, C., Cruickshank, S., Hutton, V. and Sisko, S. (2021), 'Post-Colonialism (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders)', Multicultural Responsiveness in Counselling and Psychology: Working with Australian Populations, Palgrave Macmillan 9783030554262.
  • Sullivan, C. (2020), 'Indigenous Australian sexualities explored through the lens of sex work', Routledge Handbook of Gender and Feminist Geographies, Routledge 9781138057685.
  • Bodkin-Andrews, G., Lovelock, R., Paradies, Y., Denson, N., Sullivan, C. and Priest, N. (2017), 'Not my family : understanding the prevalence and impact of racism beyond individualistic expectations ', Indigenous Children Growing Up Strong: A Longitudinal Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families, Palgrave 9781137534347.
  • Trudgett, M., Page, S., Bodkin-Andrews, G., Sullivan, C. and Whittaker, A. (2017), 'Another brick in the wall? : parent perceptions of school educational experiences of Indigenous Australian children', Indigenous Children Growing up Strong: A Longitudinal Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families, Palgrave Macmillan 9781137534347.

Journal Articles

  • Sullivan, C. and Day, M. (2021), 'Queer(y)ing Indigenous Australian higher education student spaces', The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, vol 50, no 1 , pp 2 - 9.
  • Soldatic, K., Sullivan, C., Briskman, L., Leha, J., Trewlynn, W. and Spurway, K. (2021), 'Social inclusion and exclusion for First Nations LGBTIQ+ people in Australia', Social Inclusion, vol 9, no 2 , pp 1 - 6.
  • Sullivan, C. (2021), ''Hot, young, buff' : an Indigenous Australian gay male view of sex work', Social Inclusion, vol 9, no 2 , pp 52 - 60.
  • Sullivan, C. (2021), 'Pussy power : a contemporaneous view of Indigenous women and their role in sex work', Genealogy, vol 5, no 3 .
  • Sullivan, C. (2020), 'Who holds the key? : negotiating gatekeepers, community politics, and the "right" to research in Indigenous spaces', Geographical Research, vol 58, no 4 , pp 344 - 354.
  • Sullivan, C. (2019), 'Majesty in the city : experiences of an Aboriginal transgender sex worker in Sydney, Australia', Gender, Place and Culture, vol 25, no 12 , pp 1681 - 1702.
  • Sullivan, C. and Day, M. (2019), 'Indigenous transmasculine Australians & sex work', Emotion, Space and Society, vol 32 .
  • Sullivan, C. (2018), 'Indigenous Australian women's colonial sexual intimacies : positioning indigenous women's agency', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol 20, no 4 , pp 397 - 410.
  • Page, S., Trudgett, M. and Sullivan, C. (2017), 'Past, present and future : acknowledging Indigenous achievement and aspiration in higher education', HERDSA Review of Higher Education, vol 4 , pp 29 - 51.
  • Sullivan, C. (2017), 'Aboriginal inmate experiences of Parramatta Girls Home', Australian Aboriginal Studies, vol 2 , pp 84 - 97.
  • Sullivan, C. (2014), 'Belonging to bad : ambiguity, Parramatta girls and the Parramatta girls home', Geographical Research, vol 52, no 2 , pp 157 - 167.
  • Everett, K., Ambler, T., Hummel, E., Collins, M., Davis, R., Humphries, N. and Sullivan, C. (2010), 'Daruganora : modeling new practice for sustainable, collaborative research led learning and teaching relationships between schools and universities', Australasian Journal of University Community Engagement, vol 5, no 1 , pp 62 - 86.

Conference Papers

  • Trudgett, M. and Sullivan, C. (2011), 'Not in my backyard : the impact of culture shock on Indigenous Australians in higher education', International Australasian Conference on Enabling Access to Higher Education, Adelaide, S.A..
  • Spencer, A. and Sullivan, C. (2008), 'Podcasting : a fad with a future', Beyond the Hype, Brisbane, Qld..

Other Publications

  • 2020, 'Extraction Zombies', Published Work
  • 2020, 'Pass the Ball', Published Work
  • 2020, 'The S.S. Academy', Published Work
  • 2020, 'Indigenous Land', Published Work


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Issues and challenges affecting the social and emotional wellbeing and mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQA and young peoples as communicated in digital spaces
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: An exploration of teachers' subjective experiences of teaching the "difficult knowledge" inherent in Stolen Generations pedagogy
Field of Research:

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