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Professor Andrew Gunstone

Executive Director, Reconciliation Strategy and Leadership
PhD, University of Queensland, Australia


Professor Andrew Gunstone holds several inaugural positions at Swinburne: Executive Director Reconciliation Strategy and Leadership, Executive Director National Centre for Reconciliation Practice, and Professor, Indigenous Studies.

Since starting at Swinburne in October 2015, Andrew has had a whole-of-institution responsibility for vision, leadership, policy, strategy, and advice in relation to all reconciliation matters and the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Andrew authored and led the development of Swinburne's 2017-19 RAP and 2020-23 RAP. Both RAPs have been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia as Elevate RAPs. The 2017-19 RAP was the first Australian university Elevate RAP.

Andrew established the National Centre for Reconciliation Practice in April 2022 to advance national industry, community, and academic understandings of reconciliation and contribute to national systemic change (

Andrew also had an institution-wide responsibility for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters at Swinburne from October 2015 to April 2022, and established and expanded the Moondani Toombadool Centre as its Foundation Executive Director.

Andrew has researched and published widely in the disciplines of Indigenous studies, Indigenous history, Indigenous public policy and Indigenous education, particularly in the areas of reconciliation, stolen wages, reparative justice and education.

Andrew has written over 130 publications, including eight books. He has obtained ten nationally competitive research grants, including ARC, AIATSIS and NCSEHE grants. He is currently a Chief Investigator on an ARC LInkage - "Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Girls, Changing Communities".

Andrew is the Foundation Editor of the Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues ( This journal publishes articles and commentaries in all areas of Australian Indigenous Studies. It is one of the leading international journals in Australian Indigenous Studies.

Prior to commencing at Swinburne, he was Associate Head: Research, David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research, University of South Australia and Deputy Head, School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences, Monash University.

Research interests

Indigenous studies; Indigenous history; Reconciliation studies; Indigenous public policy; Indigenous education; Peace studies

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Education - 390000
  • History, Heritage And Archaeology - 430000
  • Human Society - 440000

Teaching areas

Indigenous studies


  • 2004, National, Appointed Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)


Also published as: Gunstone, Andrew; Gunstone, A.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: Access Quality Teaching initiative *; VIC Department of Education and Training
  • 2016: Waste Management and Wellbeing in Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities *; Waste Aid

* Chief Investigator

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