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Expert Viewpoints - Tapping into Wisdom

Panel 3- Expert Viewpoints

Friday 2nd August, 9:40am | Grand Ballroom 

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Professor Lester-Irabinna
Rigney AM

Panel Chair:
Professor Marie Brennan

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Professor Lee-Anne
Perry AM

Panellist Bios

Panel Chair: Professor Marie Brennan 

PhD, Extraordinary Professor, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Honorary Professor of Education, Victoria University, Melbourne

Adjunct Professor, University of South Australia

Marie Brennan is currently an Adjunct Professor at UniSA; an Honorary Professor at Victoria University, Melbourne; an Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa; and a Professorial Fellow at Monash University. She is a Life Member of AARE and Distinguished Member of ATEA. Before moving to higher education in 1991, Marie worked for the Victorian Department of Education as teacher, curriculum researcher, policy officer and co-coordinator of the state’s School Improvement Plan. She is a former ACSA executive member, is on the Editorial Board of Curriculum Perspectives and has helped to organise several ACSA conferences. She has a long history of support for practitioner and student research in all education sectors and in community research and activism. Her work in curriculum focusses largely on the intertwined global challenges of inequalities/injustice, decoloniality and environment, enacted in the local.

Lester-Irabinna Rigney AM

Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney AM, Professor of Education, School of Education at UniSA, Co-Chair Pedagogies for Justice Group, Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion, Education Futures, UniSA

Professor Rigney is a citizen of the Narungga Aboriginal Nation. He is Co-Chair of the Pedagogies for Justice Research Group, Education Unit, University of South Australia, and member Centre for Research Education in Social Inclusion. In 2023 he has been Appointed by the Federal Minister to Review the Australian Higher Education sector. Dr Lester-Irabinna Rigney is esteemed Professor of Education in the School of Education at University of South Australia. Professor Rigney is Distinguished Fellow at Deakin University and previous Distinguished Fellow at Kings College, London. In 2021 Professor Rigney was appointed member in the General Division (AM) for significant service to Indigenous Education and to social inclusion research. He is Co-chair of Pedagogies for Justice Research Group and member of the Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion, Education Unit. He is a member of the Centro Loris Malaguzzi Scientific Committee, for the Foundation Reggio Emilia Children. One of Australia’s most respected Aboriginal educationalists. He is well published and has led several research teams funded by the Australian Research Council and other competitive grants including: Indigenist Research Epistemologies; Addressing the Gap between Policy and Implementation: Strategies for Improving Educational Outcomes of Indigenous Students; Culturally Responsive School; and Towards an Australian culturally responsive pedagogy.

Professor Lee-Anne Perry AM

Professor of Practice, Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice, QUT

Professor Lee Anne Perry AM is the inaugural Professor of Practice (Educational Leadership and Partnerships) at QUT. Prior to commencing in this role in March 2023, Professor Perry had a longstanding involvement in school education as a teacher, school and system leader including over twenty-five years as a principal.

Lee Anne is a passionate advocate for education from the early years to higher education and is particularly committed to supporting collaboration, partnerships and connections within and between education sectors and systems.

Dr Debra Dank

Enterprise Fellow

I am Gudanji/Wakaja, and we are the people from the Barkly Tablelands in the Northern Territory.

I have an amazing family and consider myself beyond fortunate to have three grown children who continue to inspire me. Rick and I also have two totally amazing granddaughters.

We come with this place is my first book, resulting from the work I did in completing my PhD that explored the use of polyphony in Aboriginal narrative practices.

For almost 40 years I have worked in various roles in primary, secondary and tertiary education in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, and the Northern Territory in urban and remote contexts. I am currently an Enterprise Fellow with the University of South Australia and am working on two more books.

Gudanji/Wakaja Country is in the Beetaloo Basin area, so my family continue to work to raise awareness of the devastation that we as a community, are experiencing and will continue to experience through the destruction of our more than ancient homelands and culture through the impacts of hydraulic fracking.

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Dr Debra Dank

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