Shannon Said

Dr Shannon Said

Mentor/Research Assistant


Program: Positive Psychology

Dr Shannon Said currently works as a researcher and evaluator in the areas of music and other cultures, support programs for disadvantaged and minority university student groups, and music therapy as an alternative for young people from trauma backgrounds. His thesis explored Christian-Maori diaspora identity in South West Sydney.

Dr Said’s research interests focus on decolonising research in diaspora and minority group research contexts and promoting Indigenous and diaspora approaches to research and community engagement. He also has an interest in his own Maltese-Australian diaspora community, and how notions of national identity are impacted by migration, dual citizenship and hyphenated cultural identities. 



  • ProjectHOPE (ACU)
  • Widening participation office longitudinal evaluation (University of Sydney)
  • Developing individual-based measures for socio-economic disadvantage (Western Sydney University and University of Sydney)
  • The essential role of creative arts in trauma recovery: developing and piloting an in-service teacher training module (Western Sydney University)


Key publications:

  • Shannon Said (2018): Knowing through being known: reflections on Indigenous epistemology and participatory consciousness, Interventions, DOI: 10.1080/1369801X.2018.1558091
  • Shannon Said (2018): A shell and a stone: pacific chaplaincy practice at Western Sydney University. Pacific Dynamics: Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, Volume 2, Number 1 June 2018
  • The line in the sand: negotiating the flow of composition, collaboration and local community engagement in new Māori-Christian popular music in South West Sydney. Conference paper: International Association for the Study of Popular Music. ANZ Branch. Conference Paper. Retrieved from:

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