• Associate Professor Marnee Shay
  • Associate Investigator
  • University of Queensland

Associate Professor Marnee Shay is an ARC DAATSIA Principal Research Fellow in the School of Education at the University of Queensland. Marnee’s maternal connections are to Wagiman country (Northern Territory) and she also has strong connections to Aboriginal communities in South East Queensland where she was born and raised. Marnee has an extensive research program that spans the fields of Indigenous education and policy, flexi schooling and youth studies and she published in a wide range of journals, books and scholarly and professional media outlets.

Marnee will contribute to the Educated Child program, providing expert advice on Indigenous research ethics and methodologies; and Indigenous education across urban, regional and remote communities, particularly in diverse school settings. She will also support national and state Indigenous education policy and provide guidance on building capacity of educators implementing Indigenous education strategies within school and family environments.

With colleague Prof Rhonda Oliver, she edited a key text in the field of Indigenous education Indigenous education in Australia Learning and Teaching for Deadly Futures published by Routledge. The book won a national award for Tertiary/VET Teaching and Learning Resource (wholly Australian) category at the Education Publishing Awards Australia. Dr Shay’s research has demonstrated a strong impact on policy and practice in her fields and she has contributed to numerous policy submissions, non-traditional research outputs (such as podcasts) and school reviews.

Marnee is part of a project team awarded an ARC Linkage grant for the project Sparking Imagination Education: Transforming inequality in schools (2021-2024). The project will produce an Imagination Education Pedagogical Framework for teachers in schools and support national education agendas for embedding twenty-first century skills of imagination in Australian schooling. Marnee is also leading an ARC Discovery Indigenous Co-designing Indigenous education policy in Australia (2021-2024), which aims to create an evidence base for effective implementation of co-design in Indigenous education settings. She is a member of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Training Advisory Committee (QATSIETAC).

Earliest digital memory
Kids in my class thinking it was hilarious to use particular sequences of numbers to spell words upside down on a calculator.