Bronwyn Fredericks & Aileen Moreton-Robinson - CQ University - FOCUS SESSION Indigenous Research and Knowledge


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Bronwyn Fredericks & Aileen Moreton-Robinson delivered the presentation at 2014 Higher Education Summit.

The 2014 Higher Education Summit discussed the post reform tertiary sector, considering some of the key challenges posed to the Australian University at a time of political change and rapid innovation in service delivery. The discussion ranged from university structures, planning and strategy to governance, funding and innovation and excellence in teaching and learning and research.

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Bronwyn Fredericks & Aileen Moreton-Robinson - CQ University - FOCUS SESSION Indigenous Research and Knowledge

  1. 1. Indigenous Research and Knowledge Bronwyn Fredericks and Aileen Moreton-Robinson
  2. 2. First Gathering of Indigenous Researchers The first Aboriginal Researcher conference was convened by the Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action also known as FAIRA in 1978 at the University of Queensland. One of FAIRA’s core aims was to undertake research that would impact on law and policy and it was successful in that regard as it had undertaken research on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reserves exposing the substandard health and education services, the abject poverty, appalling living conditions and the degree of control and regulation under which our people were living. FAIRA published its findings in a book entitled Beyond the Act edited by Les Malezer, current Chair of First Congress, Matt Foley who later became a minister with the Qld Goss government and solicitor Paul Richards. The book proved to be the catalyst for a political campaign entitled Smash the Acts.
  3. 3. Indigenous commencement, participation and completion 1990-2009
  4. 4. Indigenous Research Students • The numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers needed to reach critical mass are many generations away. • Based on 2009 enrolment figures, the number of doctoral students will need to more than triple to reflect Indigenous population parity.
  5. 5. What Indigenous Postgraduate Students experience • Indigenous studies is still dominated by non-Indigenous researchers. • None or scant western research training in undergraduate degrees. • None or scant Indigenous research training as postgraduates. • Researchers / supervisors / assessors – limited or no knowledge of our methodologies and protocols. • Our research is marginalised. • Limited and dispersed senior Indigenous researcher role models. • Our students receive limited and mostly non-Indigenous aligned RHD support. (Source: IHEAC scoping study in Indigenous Centre of Researcher Development Feb 2009).
  6. 6. Why Build Indigenous Research Capacity? To improve the living conditions and life chances of Indigenous Australians. •This will require investment in Indigenous human capital for the future of our communities and the nation. •Governments and universities need to invest to produce Indigenous research graduates who have the knowledge and skills required to conduct complex research, analysis and evidence-based policy development. •Sustainability and continuity of funding are important to Indigenous research productivity..
  7. 7. Indigenous Research Capacity Building What does the Commonwealth government and higher education sector consider to be the core elements of research capacity building for the nation? Why do we need to build and increase Indigenous research capacity ? Towards a best practice model: NIRAKN
  8. 8. National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) An Indigenous centred approach to research capacity building Funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC)
  9. 9. Yurriala Means one skin in the Jandai language of the Goenpul people. Today we come together under the one skin of NIRAKN. Our being, doing and thinking in NIRAKN involves: * Respect * Responsibility * Generosity * Reciprocity Professor Aileen * Obligation Moreton-Robinson * Support
  10. 10. Indigenous Knowledge Production: Connections generating change 46 Members and 51 Nations D’hawaral, Kamillaroi, Bundjalung/Worimi, Nyungar, Nyangumarta, Iwaidja, Waka Waka/Waramungu, Koonie Koonie for Rak Mak Mak Marranunggu, Kurrindju, Wiradjuri Narungga, Pitjantjatjara, Gumabaynggirr/ Dungutti, Miriwong/ Noongar, Ywauru, Nunukul/ Bigjara, Yankunytjatjara/ Anangu/ Pitantjatjara, Torres Strait Islander, Anaiwan, Murri, Mimga Wajaar, Noongar, Narungga, Kungarakan/ Gurindji/ Larrakia, Ngarrindjeri, Bardi/ Indjarbardi, Goreng/ Boonthmurra/ Koombumberri, Shadforth family, Kairi, Gungarri/ Kunja, Boonerung/ Mannalagenna, Gangallida/ Yanyuwa, Trawlwoolway, Yadhiagana, Ngarigu, Kungarakany, Murrawarri, Bardi, Eualyai/ Kamillaroi, Goenpul/ Nunukul.
  11. 11. AIMS 1. Establish a regenerative undergraduate to postgraduate pipeline of new researchers across institutions, the nation and fields of critical research importance. 2. Connect Indigenous researchers across disciplines, nationally and internationally, to develop a culturally supportive inclusive research environment which enables the cross fertilization of ideas and a platform for new Indigenous multi-disciplinary research. 3. Develop an on-going integrated research program of collaborations with partner organisations through ARC, NHMRC, government, industry, community and philanthropic grant funding. 4. Achieve national and international recognition as a leading network of Australian Indigenous research expertise, knowledge and innovation. 5. Initiate the Indigenous research agenda by applying Indigenous knowledges and expertise to multi-disciplinary collaborative projects of pressing research need to inform community and government policy and program delivery. 6. Establish a quality program of capacity building initiatives to support aspiring, post-graduate and early to mid-career, Indigenous researchers to form a skilled qualified research community.
  12. 12. Hub and Spokes Relational Model Law Node Health Node History Culture Politics Indigenous Knowledges Sociology The Hub
  13. 13. Indigenous Knowledges and Sociology Node Leaders Associate Professor Maggie Walter University of Tasmania Professor Steve Larkin Charles Darwin University
  14. 14. Law Node Leaders Professor Larissa Behrendt University of Technology Sydney Dr Asmi Woods Australian National University Dr Mark MacMillan University of Melbourne
  15. 15. History, Culture and Politics Node Leaders Professor John Maynard University of Newcastle Associate Professor Jaki Troy Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
  16. 16. Health Node Leaders Professor Bronwyn Fredericks Central Queensland University Professor Kathleen Clapham University of Wollongong Professor Pat Dudgeon University of Western Australia
  17. 17. Supervision Research projects Website www.nirak International eJournal Critical Indigenous Studies Research Capacity Building workshops NIRAKN Capacity Building Program Indigenous Methodologies Master class Seminar Series Visiting Scholars Program Annual Symposium Non Indigenous Supervisor Sessions Postgraduate Student recruitment Postgraduate Network
  18. 18. 6 9 27 14 9 11 8 2013 Sample NIRAKN Program of Events by popularity A Level Workshop NIRAKN Symposium NIRAKN July Capacity Builder Lecture Series Masterclass CRG Post Graduate Expo
  19. 19. 11% 17% 12% 12% 6% 6% 12% 6% 6% 6% 6% 2014 Total Number of Post Graduates attending A level Workshop and Masterclass: JCU QUT ACU UTS ANU CSU UoN UWS UNSW CDU Batchelor
  20. 20. 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 Number of Post Graduates who have accessed NIRAKN Programs
  21. 21. Postgraduate Capacity Building Sessions
  22. 22. Seminars and Workshops E.g. Ethics Workshop 28 April 2014
  23. 23. Node Specific Activity E.g. Health Node 5 & 6 May 2014
  24. 24. NIRAKN National Symposium 2013, CQUniversity
  25. 25. NATIONAL INDIGENOUS RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGES NETWORK (NIRAKN) RESEARCH CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STUDIES, (AIATSIS) CANBERRA 15 -19 JULY 2013 Monday 15 July 9. am Welcome to country Director’s address housekeeping Tuesday 16 July Wednesday 17 July Thursday 18 July Friday 19 July 9.30m Research Ethics Workshop 9.30 am Research Ethics Workshop (R) * 9.30 am Scholarly publishing workshop 9.30 am Career Development Workshop 9.30 am Critical and Creative Thinking and Reading workshop Morning tea 10.30am – 11 am Morning tea 10.30am – 11 am Morning tea10.30am- 11 am Morning tea 10.30 am -11 am Morning tea 10.30 am- 11 am 11 am – 12 noon Research Ethics Workshop 11 am – 12 noon Research Ethics Workshop (R) 11 am – 12 noon Scholarly publishing workshop (R) 11am – 12 noon Career Development workshop 11 am – 12 noon Critical and Creative Thinking and Reading workshop 12 – 1pm lunch 12 – 1pm lunch 12 – 1pm lunch 12 – 1pm lunch 12 – 1pm lunch 1pm - 3pm Copyright Australia Limited Workshop 1pm – 3pm Scholarly publishing workshop 1pm – 3pm Indigenous Quantitative Methods workshop 1pm – 3pm Indigenous Quantitative Methods workshop (R) 1 pm – 3pm NHMRC presentation Road Map 3pm-3.30 pm afternoon tea 3pm-3.30pm afternoon tea 3pm-3.30pm afternoon tea 3pm-3.30pm afternoon tea 3pm-3.30pm afternoon tea 4.00 pm shuttle transfer to hotel. 5.30 pm and 5.45 pm transfer from hotel to launch 3.30pm – 5pm ARC Indigenous Discovery Grants presentation and Excellence in Australian Research presentation 3.30pm – 5pm Indigenous Quantitative Methods Workshop 3.30pm – 5pm The Office for Teaching and Learning (DIISRTE) presentation 3.30 pm – 5 pm NIRAKN News and Feedback Session 6pm NIRAKN – Official Launch
  26. 26. Capacity Building Intensive
  27. 27. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 2013 Total Number of Post Graduates attending NIRAKN July Capacity Builder: Macquarie University UniSA Curtin ANU Newcastle Canberra Flinders UTS QUT UoW RMIT ECU Murdoch
  28. 28. Publications & Grants Several books are in production and numerous other capacity building writing projects are underway. E.g. Odette Best and Bronwyn Fredericks (eds). 2014. Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwifery Care. Cambridge University Press: Melbourne.
  29. 29. Advisory BoardAunty Valda Coolwell Aunty Joy Murphy- Wandin Sam Faulkner Terry Dunbar Henrietta Fourmile Angela Leitch Peter Buckskin Russell Taylor Yvette Roe
  30. 30. Partner Organisations
  31. 31. Over the next four years aims of NIRAKN to: •Establish a quality program of research capacity building •Establish a regenerative undergraduate to postgraduate pipeline •Connect Indigenous researchers across- disciplines, nationally and internationally •Develop an on-going integrated research program •Achieve national and international recognition •Initiate the Indigenous research agenda
  32. 32. What are you going to do to: •Support Indigenous research / researchers in your university, department, organisation? •Foster Indigenous research development? •Support NIRAKN activities? •Add to the effort and impact? •Add to the nation’s research effort?
  33. 33. Aileen Moreton-Robinson & Bronwyn Fredericks