Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Indigenous Research Summit


9.00am  December 7 – 5.00pm December 8

Yarradamarra Centre, Dubbo TAFE Western, Myall Street, Dubbo

The Indigenous research summit is designed to provide a dynamic space for academics and HDR candidates in the Faculty of Arts and Education to make connections, hear from leading Indigenous researchers, participate in panel discussions, and meet with community members from Dubbo.

We are delighted to be able to host two speakers who will present on their current research directions:

Maggie Walter, Professor of Sociology, University of Tasmania

Theme: Designing and utilising the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children dataset

Dr Lesley Rameka, Te Hononga Curriculum & Pedagogy, University of Waikato

Theme: Whatu: A Māori approach to research

Staff and HDR candidates will lead micro-panel discussions on: non-Indigenous Australian researcher practice for effective research partnerships with Indigenous communities; Indigenous non-Australian researcher practice in Indigenous Australian research; and, practice for culturally diverse research teams in Indigenous Australian research.

The Summit Themes will include mapping Indigenous methodologies with Western methods, implications of researcher standpoint, and epistemological assumptions when reading Indigenous knowledges/theories. The goal is for attendees to identify/plan topics and teams for future projects.

Further information and travel arrangements are on the registration form. Please download this form, complete and send to Lisa McLean, Faculty Research Liaison Officer by November 12.



Making Connections & Making Plans – Setting a Research Agenda for the Future

3- 4 December 2015

Indyamarra Room, Convention Centre
Wagga Wagga CSU

Yindyamarra Winhanganha

In June/July 2015, an audit of Indigenous research projects was conducted across CSU to develop a basis for planning future collaborations. There are approximately 10 research projects of varying sizes exploring Indigenous Australian issues, with 50% in Education. Other projects are underway in Business, Arts, and Science, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of Indigenous Australian research.

The Faculty of Education and School of Indigenous Australian Studies are hosting the Indigenous Research Summit to bring together researchers from various disciplines to consider opportunities for collaborative, interdisciplinary, cross-School and cross-Faculty research. This Research Summit's design presents a series of interactive workshops over two days, developed by keynote "discussants" with a range of expertise and practice-based experience.

In particular, the Summit is designed to explore:

  • Building partnerships with Indigenous communities;
  • Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, researchers and standpoint;
  • Respect for different knowledge sources, ways of doing, and ways of being.

Indigenous research is one of the 'six pillars of the CSU research ethos' and is central to all other areas of CSU's Research Narrative – i.e., Agriculture, land and water; Cultivation of a civic and just society; Sustaining resilient healthy communities; Regional development; and, Education and Professional practice. The goal of the Summit is to provide a space for CSU researchers to make connections, make plans for future research, and explore a number of key issues relevant to the design and implementation of Indigenous research projects.


Tony Duke, Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources. Tony is an Australian born and raised dual US citizen who has worked extensively in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Mexico, and Africa in the Cultural, Community and Development sectors. He is committed to people centered development and utilizes participatory development process as the foundation to his practice.

Chrissy Grant, Chair of the the AIATSIS Research Ethics Committee, is an Aboriginal (Kuku Yalanji) and Torres Strait Islander (Mualgal) woman from Far North Queensland. She has lived and worked in Canberra for 30 years in the Australian Public Service. She retired from the APS in 2005 and has since continued to be involved in committees covering Indigenous issues as well as working as a consultant in Canberra and nationally. She is currently Chair of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Research Ethics Committee.

Dr Sandra R. Phillips, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, is Gooreng Gooreng and Wakka Wakka from southern Queensland, Australia. A mother of three sons, Sandra lectures in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology after earning her PhD with the Faculty in 2012. As an industry-trained book editor, Sandra previously worked with Aboriginal Studies Press, University of Queensland Press, and Magabala Books. Sandra's most recent publication is the chapter, 'Writing Ourselves: pastpresentfuture' in Knowledge of Life: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia (2015).

Associate Professor Gethin Thomas, Director, CSU Research Office, has recently joined CSU and prior to this appointment Gethin was Deputy Associate Dean (Research) for the University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and the Deputy Director, Education at The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute (UQDI) located within the Translational Research Institute. Gethin also lead the Skeletal Biology Group at UQDI. Gethin has published > 50 papers and two patents. He has held three NHMRC project grants as CIA and a Lions Medical Research Foundation Fellowship. In total he has received more than $2M in research funding.


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