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Our Researchers

Dr Eva McRae-Williams has researched and published nationally and internationally in the areas of Social Anthropology, Remote Indigenous Community Livelihoods, Education Engagement and Employment Pathways, and Indigenous Homelessness.

Her research at Batchelor Institute adopts ethnographic and participatory action research methodologies that strive to make visible and challenge central ontologies and build local capacity for social justice outcomes. Examples of this research approach include exploration of the cultural nature of concepts such as work and employment, an investigation into non-Indigenous perceptions of Aboriginal people living rough in Darwin, a participatory action research project on microenterprise development and Aboriginal community livelihoods in very remote Australia. She is currently the Principal Research Leader for one of 12 research projects operating under the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation.

Head of Higher Education and Research at Batchelor Institute, Dr Peter Stephenson has led and co-researched on numerous tendered research and evaluative projects commissioned by Commonwealth, State/Territory governments and by research commissioned by the private sector. He has researched and published nationally and internationally in the areas of Adult Education, Indigenous Education, Problem Based Learning, Environmental Health and Workforce Capacity Building.

Dr Stephenson has been a consultant to the United Nations in Fiji and Cambodia and a manager of national research and development programs for Indigenous Australian environmental health practitioners. He was one of three principal investigators, along with Dr Catherine Holmes and Batchelor Institute researcher Dr Lyn Fasoli who evaluated the Family Support Package in 2011.

Funded by the Department of Family and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the NT Department of Children and Families, this research project evaluated community views of the ‘Family Support Package’, which comprised 22 Safe Places for men and women, 2 Mobile Child Protection Teams, and Remote Aboriginal Family and Community Workers.