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Indigenous Research Collaborations

In 2012, the Institute began a vibrant new program, Indigenous Research Collaborations (IRC), supported through the Commonwealth Government’s Collaborative Research Network fund.

This program has advanced the Institute’s research capacity in its three specialisations:

Collaboration is at the heart of this program’s success, with the Institute joining with four major national research institutions to strengthen existing and forge new Indigenous research and researcher development links. The IRC partners are:

These relationships have continued to develop, with early outcomes. In 2013, IRC partner Monash University, through its Indigenous Centre hosted PhD in Creative Arts candidate, David Hardy during six months of his final doctorate year. This provided him with access to Monash University library and other resources and regular contact with his co-supervisor, Professor Lynette Russell.

In 2014, Batchelor Institute and AIATSIS formed a partnership in which nationally-focussed Batchelor Institute research ethics applications would be reviewed by the AIATSIS ethics committee, using their Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies (GERAIS). This is a practical way in which Batchelor Institute benefits from the work AIATSIS has undertaken in developing suitable guidelines for research with and about Indigenous peoples. Similarly, by AIATSIS considering such ethics applications from Batchelor Institute, this ensures its guidelines remain current and appropriate.

Through these collaborations, Batchelor Institute is meeting the broader, national need for Indigenous research and researcher capacity building. It has led by example in this regard. Under the Indigenous Research Collaborations program, Batchelor Institute awarded three PhD Fellowships, which both supports these Indigenous researchers and assists in building the Institute’s research capacity:

  • Jeanie Bell is researching the changing use of traditional kinship terminology in two contrasting Aboriginal communities
  • Kathryn Gilbey’s project, Looking Back to Move Forward researches the space where Indigenous education meets the colonizer. She submitted her PhD in
    Semester 1, 2014.
  • Robyn Ober is investigating identity and culture expressed in Aboriginal English, and on the use of Aboriginal English in the tertiary education context.

More information on the Institute’s Objectives of building research capacity, expertise and resources can be found in the Research Plan (2012-2015).