Katrina Thorpe - Lecturer

BEd UWS MEd (Human Resource Management) Sydney GradCertEdStud (Higher Education) Sydney ProfCert (Indigenous Research) Melb

Katrina Thorpe is a descendant of the Worimi people of Port Stephens, New South Wales. She was appointed to the Koori Centre in 1996 and for a short period (1999-2002), was a Lecturer at the Aboriginal Research and Resource Centre at the University of New South Wales. Katrina has taught Indigenous Studies across a number of Faculties including Education and Social Work, Arts and Social Sciences, and Nursing.

Prior to her employment at University, Katrina was a secondary education teacher and also a staff trainer for the Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET). During her time at DEET, Katrina delivered cross-cultural awareness training to staff within the Hunter Region of NSW, co-ordinated the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Recruitment and Career Development Plan and facilitated a mentor network for Indigenous staff within the Region.

Katrina has a long-standing interest and commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning in Indigenous Studies and Aboriginal education. Her other interests include anti-racism and social justice education, quality teaching, planning and evaluation. She has presented at numerous conferences and international symposia, particularly on the discipline of Indigenous studies in tertiary education.

Katrina’s current research is focused in the areas of Indigenous Studies in preservice teacher education, Aboriginal education in schools, engaging Indigenous students in education using Information and Communication Technologies and Indigenous health and community development.

Katrina is currently undertaking a PhD titled, The influence of tertiary Indigenous Australian Studies on teachers’ professional identity formation under the supervision of Professor Robyn Ewing and Associate Supervisor Professor Deb Hayes at the University of Sydney.


Evans, J., Forsyth, C., & Thorpe, K. (2010). “I don’t like reading things online”: Students’ views about online versus hard copy access to of course materials. Synergy, 20, 33-40.

Baldry, E., Green, S., and Thorpe, K. (2006). Urban Aboriginal peoples’ experience of human services. in International Social Work, 49(3), 364-375.

Thorpe, K., Minter, P., Lui-Chivizhe, L., and Smith, A. (2004). Indigenous Philosophy in Pedagogy and Research. Synergy, 19, 5-7.

Baldry, E., Green, S., and Thorpe, K. (2002). Report to government services on the research project: Urban Australian Aboriginal peoples experience and use of Human Services. University of New South Wales: Aboriginal Research and Resource Centre.

Baldry, E., Green, S., and Thorpe, K. (2002). Report on the research project: Urban Australian Aboriginal peoples experience and use of human services: to the Indigenous communities who shared their information with the research team. University of New South Wales: Aboriginal Research and Resource Centre.

Thorpe, K. (2002). Aboriginal Organisations. Open Training and Education Network, Strathfield.

Thorpe, K. (1999). Recapturing History: The Value of Aboriginal Oral Histories in Ross, S. (ed) The University of Sydney Aboriginal Students’ Black on Black, Aboriginal Studies Journal, Vol. 2, University of Sydney.

Conference Papers:

Thorpe, K. & Burgess, C. (2011). Pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning in a mandatory Indigenous teacher education course. 18th International Conference on Learning, Mauritius, 5-8 July 2011.

Thorpe, K. & Atkinson, S. (2011) "IDLs are your friend" – using ICT to support Indigenous students' engagement in Independent Directed Learning. 2011 World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education, Peru, 14-18 August 2011.

Thorpe, K., Burgess, C., & Galleguillos, S. (2010). What is the significance of mandatory and elective Indigenous education subjects in teacher education programs? ‘Bridging the Gap’ through the contributions of education and Social Work – The University of Sydney Symposium Friday, 27 August 2010.

Thorpe, K., Lui, L., Minter, P., & Foley, D. (2005) Relevance, Resistance and Responsibility: Teaching and Learning with Indigenous Knowledges in Universities Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Inc (HERDSA) Conference

Thorpe, K. (2005). Transforming Academic Paradigms and Creating New Frontiers? Or, Is It Just Incorporating All Things ‘Indigenous’ Into Academic Programs? Indigenous Knowledges Conference: Reconciling Academic Priorities with Academic Realities, Victoria University, Wellington New Zealand, 22-25 June 2005.

Thorpe, K., & Minter, P. (2004). Indigenous Philosophies and Transformative Pedagogies in University Curricula. The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning, Coj'mar Pedagogical Convention Centre, Havana, Cuba, 27-30 June 2004

Blanchard, M., & Thorpe, K. (2004). Nursing Education: Building Partnerships in Teaching and Aboriginal Health. Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors’ Congress Innovations in Pacific and Indigenous Health Cairns, 31 May to 2 June 2004

Smith, A., Thorpe, K., Lui-Chivizhe, l., & Minter, P. (2003). Indigenous Philosophy in Pedagogy and Research, Graduates for the World, Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Showcase, The University of Sydney Poster Presentation
5 – 6 November 2003

Lui-Chivizhe, L., & Thorpe, K. (2003) When Content Gets in the Way: Teaching Australian Indigenous Studies The Learning Conference,
Institute of Education, University of London, 15- 18 July 2003.

Thorpe, K., & Green, S. (2002) From Resistance to Acceptance: Perspectives on Indigenous Studies 6th World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education Stoney Park, Morley Alberta, Canada, August 4 – 10, 2002.

Eileen Baldry, Sue Green and Katrina Thorpe
2002 ACOSS National Conference, Hobart, November 2002
Paper: Urban Aboriginal Peoples and human services.

Thorpe, K. (1999). A Past, Present and Future Perspective in Sustaining Our Communities World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education
2 August 1999, Hilo Hawai’i

Contact Details

Phone: (02) 9351 5720
Toll Free: 1800 622 742
Fax: (02) 9351 6924
Location: Room 317 Old Teachers College
Email: katrina.thorpe@sydney.edu.au