Keynote Speakers

AARE is pleased to announce the following Keynote speakers for 2021

Keynote Address—Monday 29 November

Associate Professor Nikki Moodie - University of Melbourne
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Associate Professor Nikki Moodie is a Gamilaroi woman and sociologist based at the University of Melbourne. Nikki holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science from the University of Queensland, and a PhD in Sociology from the Australian National University. After an early career in the public service, she moved into research focusing on higher education, social networks and Indigenous governance. Nikki is the current Program Director of the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity, a 20-year philanthropic program focused on Indigenous-led social change.

Radford Address—Wednesday 1 December

Professor Martin Nakata - James Cook University
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Prof N Martin Nakata, AM is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Education and Strategy at James Cook University. He is a Torres Strait Islander, holds a PhD in Education, and is recognised internationally as one of the leading Indigenous academics in Australia. He is widely published in national and international academic journals, anthologies, and books on Indigenous educational matters. His research work in the higher education sector to improve outcomes for Indigenous students spans almost four decades, and he has been invited to and delivered over 70 keynote addresses on his ongoing work to professional associations in twenty countries. His current ARC-funded study is focused on ways to build capacities of Indigenous learners in the STEM curriculum areas.

Keynote Address—Thursday 2 December

Professor Raewyn Connell - University of Sydney
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Raewyn Connell is Professor Emerita, University of Sydney, and Life Member of the National Tertiary Education Union. She has taught in several countries and is a widely-cited researcher in education and other fields of social science.

Her books (solo or co-written) include The Good University; Schools and Social Justice; Running Twice as Hard; Teachers' Work; and Making the Difference. Her work has been translated into 22 languages so far. Raewyn has been active in the labour movement and in work for gender equality and peace. Details at and Twitter @raewynconnell.

Keynote Address—Pre-conference Workshop

Ms Kathryn Coff - La Trobe University

Kathryn Coff is a proud Yorta Yorta woman living on Jaara Country.  She is a respected member of her local Aboriginal community in Castlemaine and currently CEO Nalderun Education Aboriginal Corporation in the Mount Alexander Shire. She also consults in the space of Indigenous Education and working in the cultural interface space. She currently also works with Neighbourhood house Victoria, La Trobe University within Education, currently completing her PhD. And has published two works in this space. She has worked tirelessly over many years in establishing and developing programs for Community.

In 2017/8, Kathryn received an Emerging Leader award from Indigenous Fellowship for Leadership. Recently Kathryn was appointed to the Board of Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Led Philanthropic Fund. Kathryn believes that when Aboriginal communities are supported by non-Indigenous Australians who have open hearts and minds, amazing things can happen for the whole community and the way forward is together, walking side by side.


Dr Eve Mayes - Deakin University

Eve Mayes is a Senior Lecturer in Pedagogy and Curriculum and currently Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2020-2021) at Deakin University. Her research is concerned with students’, teachers’ and school leaders’ experiences with enacting student voice in school reform and the roles and responses of schools to student activism. She is committed to critical and creative forms of research that work with young people and educators to interrogate contemporary conditions of schooling and to prefigure new possibilities. Eve has worked closely with the VicSRC, the peak body representing school students in Victoria, since 2016, including leading a 3-year research evaluation of the Teach the Teacher program (with Dr Rosalyn Black and Rachel Finneran). Her current research is considering the roles and responses of schools to students’ climate justice activism, and the possibilities for climate justice education. She was previously an English and English as a Second Language Teacher in NSW government secondary schools.

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