Pg 1 – Bio

Dr Indigo Willing is skateboarding a ledge doing a trick called a nose slappy with the front part of the skateboard.
Dr Indigo Willing is a sociologist, skater and community volunteer. Old Melrose skatepark mid nose slappy.

Brief Bio:

Dr Indigo Willing (she/her) is a sociologist, research consultant and community volunteer. She currently lives in Meanjin on the land of the Jagera and Turrbal Peoples. Her theoretical and empirical work examines issues of power, social change and representation. Her research and community work creates bridges between academia and community sectors, and spans a number of social worlds that reflect her own diverse background and lived experiences as a Vietnam War orphan and adoptee, an Asian Australian creative, academic and skateboarder involved with inclusive community building projects. This includes establishing the Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI) network, co-founding Consent is Rad and We Skate QLD, and the Asian Australian Films, Forum, and News Network.

Indigo’s former post-nominal OAM was for being awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2006 for her volunteering with adopted Vietnamese children from the war/refugee generation and founding the Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI) community. Indigo returned it as a stance of support with LGBTQ+ and First Nations communities in 2021.

Summaries of Research and Community Work

Read more about her: CV / writing / talks / media in the main menu and links to her work in academia, adoption, skateboarding and Asian Australian community below:

Academic Background:

Read her academic CV here

Skateboarding, Sports Research and Community Work:

Read more about her skateboarding work and research here

Indigo is holding a hello kitty design GIRL skateboard standing in a change room taking a 'selfie'

Adoption Research and Community Work:

Read more about her adoption work and research here

Asian Australian Work in the Creative Industries:

Read more about her work in the Asian Australian community work and writing here