Research

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is at the forefront of research led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who are involved as researchers, partners and drivers of our research priorities and projects. We lead by example in conducting research to the highest ethical standards and we have a genuine commitment to building pathways for knowledge exchange.

Our research is not only high quality, but more importantly, contributes to the wellbeing of Indigenous Australians and has direct benefit to the communities we work with. Our work allows us to build upon and contribute to the knowledge contained within our collections.

Our partnerships are essential. They connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations with researchers, policy makers and practitioners to address the questions they want answered, with outcomes that can be implemented, shared and built upon.

It is the grounded nature of our research that places us in a position to influence and inform policies and practices of importance to Indigenous Australians.

We are committed to fostering the new generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and engaging Indigenous Australians in the research process. We specialise in the areas of languages and cultural expression, native title and traditional ownership, education and cultural transmission, governance development and public policy, health and wellbeing, and land and water.

Finding your family

We have a wide range of resources to help you with your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history research.

Guides and resources

Doing your own research? These guides and resources can help.

Ethical research

Our best-practice ethical research guidelines promote meaningful engagement and reciprocity between researchers and Indigenous people.

Current projects

Check out what our researchers are currently working on.

Research themes

Research themes

Our research spans country, culture, health, governance and law.

Our researchers

Our researchers

Our inter-disciplinary research team facilitate and coordinate research across academic, community and public sectors.

Research news

presenters speaking to the group at the aiatsis native title law workshop

AIATSIS hosts native title law workshop

Monday, 20 February 2017 - 11:30am

Native title lawyers from eight NTRBs from across Australia gathered at AIATSIS for two days of intensive native title law discussions recently.

image of back of a ute and a water drum with a sign on it in bushland taken from the cover of the report

Authorisation and decision-making in native title

Thursday, 16 February 2017 - 3:30pm

Our latest AIATSIS Research Publication, Authorisation and decision-making in native title by Nick Duff, is now available as a free download.