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Indigenous Livelihoods

Batchelor Institute has a strong track record in working closely with Indigenous organisations, industry, government and education institutions on community and livelihoods research projects. In many cases, the Institute has been a contracted research partner, bringing to each project its expertise in areas such as community engagement, teaching and learning, delivery of services to remote communities and applying appropriate ethically-based research methodology and practice to meet community and project expectations.

The Pathways to Employment project is one such example of a collaborative livelihood project. Dr Eva McRae-Williams from Batchelor Institute’s research team is linked with NintiOne Ltd, Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation on this multi-year project. Central to this project is an exploration of pathways between learning and livelihoods for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in remote Australia. The project team plans to develop a useful knowledge base for improving remote Indigenous vocational education, training and employment and/or enterprise development outcomes.

These areas of research remain a key focus for the Institute. Indigenous Livelihoods is not, however, one of the three areas of research specialisation being offered for those candidates considering a higher research degree at Batchelor Institute.

Beyond an increasing number of Livelihoods research projects, Batchelor Institute is also contracted to deliver two significant services in communities across the Northern Territory.

Livelihoods and Learning

Learning is a key aspect of many of the Livelihoods projects Batchelor Institute has led in recent years.Research in this field seeks to contribute to improvements in economic and community wellbeing in remote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities. The projects are distinguished by a commitment to the centering and privileging of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agendas for economic and community development. Many of the projects seek to make visible economic and labour market assumptions, misconceptions and problems in order to reveal livelihood concepts, programs and practices that work from the perspective of and for the benefit of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples residing in remote Australia. The Institute encourages projects that engage both-ways and that grow from strong collaborative relationships with communities, groups, schools and individuals.