Bronwyn is an Aboriginal woman who was born on and lives on D’harawal Country in NSW. She was the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Stanner Award administered by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies for her PhD thesis. Bronwyn was the first Indigenous Australian at the University of Wollongong to be awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery (Indigenous) grant in 2013 for her research on Aboriginal identity and community online on social media. Bronwyn was awarded a second ARC in 2016 for her research on Indigenous help-seeking on social media. Aboriginal Studies Press has recently published her book, The politics of identity: who counts as Aboriginal today? Which includes a chapter on identity and community on social media.
Juan’s research interests include the critical analysis of state policy-making and its impact on Indigenous peoples in settler-colonial societies, youth gangs, ethical research with Indigenous peoples and the globalisation of crime control policy.
Andrew is currently completing his PhD titled ‘Emergent Diversities: Queering Spaces of Gender Identity in Aboriginal Cultures’. The research explores whether Aboriginal identities are gender diverse. The aim of the research is to locate Indigenous gender diverse identities in Australia and to situate Aboriginal perspectives in the field of Queer Indigenous Studies. Andrew’s latest publication was showcased by AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples – ‘Lipstick slapstick: A yarn and a kiki with an Aboriginal drag queen’
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To date, Evan has published research in the areas of contemporary Indigenous identity politics; the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process; Indigenous social, economic and political inequalities; public policy in relation to Maori; and contemporary Maori politics and the struggle for tino rangatiratanga (indigenous self-determination).
David is the undergraduate Course Director for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health programs. He has been lecturing in Indigenous health since 2006 and is currently situated in the Faculty of Science, Medicine, and Health. He has a broad interest in Indigenous primary health care in both Australian and international contexts. David is currently completing his PhD examining the participation of Aboriginal people in the game of cricket in New South Wales
Ryan is a Research Associate in Indigenous Studies working on an ARC-funded project exploring the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander users of Social Media. He is currently completing his PhD in Human Geography. His work draws on the work of Gilles Deleuze to investigate the politics of care, volunteering, and refugee resettlement.
Garry Jones’s research investigates social and cultural conceptualisations of identity, authenticity, and connection to place, particularly in how these inform Indigenous art practices and the production of objects of contemporary cultural heritage.
Nicola is interested in the construction of knowledge by scientists. She would like to learn more about Indigenous knowledge systems. She’s also interested in how Indigeneity has been mobilised politically in debates on end-of-life care in Australia.
I come from a multi-disciplinary background in English Studies and Cultural Studies. I have been teaching in Indigenous Studies for ten years. My research focuses on critical race and gender studies, and on representation in cultural texts. My current research looks at representations of humour as a political and pedagogical device in a range of Indigenous film and literary texts. I also research in the area of critical pedagogy with a view to developing transformative teaching and learning practices.
Georgine’s research has been in the history of women and motoring, and her Eat My Dust: Early Women Motorists (Johns Hopkins Press, 2008) explores women’s active roles in shaping automobile culture in Australia, Britain, the United States and colonial Africa. Her current research, funded by an ARC Discovery Project grant, is on early around-Australia bicycle and automobile journeys. She is researching Indigenous and non-Indigenous people’s engagements with technologies of mobility and the role of those practices in producing knowledge about landscapes and identities. She is an Associate Editor of the mobility journal Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies.
Associate Professor Tanja Dreher
University of New South Wales
A/Prof Tanja Dreher is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. Tanja’s research focuses on the politics of listening in the context of media and multiculturalism, Indigenous sovereignties, feminisms and anti-racism. Her current Fellowship, funded by the Australian Research Council (FT140100515, 2015 – 2018) analyses the political listening practices necessary to support the potential for voice in a changing media environment characterised by the proliferation of community and alternative media in the digital age.
Sukhmani Khorana is Senior Lecturer and Academic Program Leader at the University of Wollongong’s South West Sydney campus. Sukhmani has published extensively on Australian and transnational media, including the reception of Indigenous films. With A/ Prof Bronwyn Carlson and Dr. Tanja Dreher, she was awarded FCG funding (2015-2016) to examine Indigenous and multicultural community media interventions in the Illawarra.
Solomon is a geology lecturer and is interested in the link between the science of geology/geomorphology and Indigenous perspectives of rock features, such as Uluru, Three Sisters, Mt Keira, Mt Kembla and integrating this into student field trips.
Kathleen joined the Institute in 2011. She holds a BA (Hons First Class) and PhD in Anthropology and has over 25 years experience as an academic in higher education, where she specialises in Indigenous health research and education. Prior to joining the Institute she was the Director of the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre at the University of Wollongong. Kathleen has been Chief Investigator on NHMRC and ARC funded and other studies with an Indigenous health focus. Her research interests include: social determinants of health; Indigenous injury prevention and safety promotion; Indigenous child health and resilience; and Indigenous health workforce development.
Marcelo researches on questions of social transformation and subjectivity, decolonisation, settler-colonial societies and political activism. He focuses on Israel-Palestine, and addresses these topics by drawing on continental European philosophy – particularly the works of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Giorgio Agamben and Michel Foucault. He has published several articles in the journals Cultural Politics, Subjectivity, Intercultural Education, Deleuze Studies, and Settler Colonial Studies among others, and various books and edited collections: Deleuze and Political Activism (Edinburgh University Press, 2010); Arab-Jewish Activism in Israel-Palestine (Ashgate, 2012); Agamben and Colonialism with Simone Bignall (Edinburgh University Press, 2012); Collaborative Struggles in Australia and Israel-Palestine (2014); and After Israel: Towards Cultural Transformation (Zed Books, 2014). His forthcoming monograph together with Ronnen Ben-Arie – Refusing to Share: the Cultural Politics of Settler Colonialism in Palestine – will be published by Littlefield International (2017).
Nyssa is a Dunghutti woman with an interest in creating opportunities and working towards the development of Aboriginal people. Nyssa is Project Managing research to promote education in early childhood settings to create a social marketing campaign.
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Professor Juanita Sherwood is the Academic Director at the National Centre for Cultural Competence at the University of Sydney, with a mandate to engage, innovate and lead in cultural competence. A proud Wiradjuri woman, Professor Sherwood is a registered nurse, teacher, lecturer, researcher and manager with a depth of working experiences of some thirty years in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and education. Professor Sherwood has pushed boundaries from a grass roots, community based position that seeks to engage with and build capability within communities, deliver culturally safe models and research methodologies in partnership with communities and recognise in policy and practice the straight line between world views and social justice. She has a PhD from the University of New South Wales, and has previously worked in lecturing, research, management and consultative roles in health, education and Indigenous studies, with her most recent role being Professor of Australian Indigenous Education at the University of Technology (UTS).
Dr. Sandy O’Sullivan is a Senior Indigenous (Wiradjuri) Researcher, an Australian Research Council Fellow exploring museums and an enduring Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow (OLT) promoting alternative dissemination in research training.
Dr Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews, of the D’harawal nation, has a growing research base within Indigenous Australian education and psychology. He has managed and led numerous research grants investigating a diversity of topics capturing Indigenous Australian perspectives in education, mental health, identity, traditional knowledges, racism, and bullying. His projects have led to the development of a strong foundation in developing robust and diverse research designs, and he has developed considerable experience in applying advanced quantitative methodologies (e.g., Structural Equation Modeling), and capturing voices and personal stories in qualitative inquiries. His research has also attracted a number of national and international awards (including the AARE Betty-Watts Indigenous Researcher award), and he has produced the Healing the Wounds of the Heart documentary focusing on developing resiliency against racism.
Matalena’s research interest includes: Indigenous peoples; Environmental management; collaborative and participatory practices and policy. Her PhD project was titled, Unsettling Openings: Collaborative Environmental Management and Maori in Taranaki.
Dr. Sarah Willard Gray
Sarah Willard Gray is a practicing artist and her interest is in the promotion of Australian Aboriginal art and artists with an emphasis on their protection from appropriation. Sarah has just completed her PhD at UOW.
Amanda is interested in Australian national cultural identity through performances of Indigenous and non-Indigenous music and dance, particularly after the Second World War. Her broader research interests are in women’s history, music history, and cross-cultural Australian history. Her current work at the University of Sydney focuses on an expedition to Arnhem Land in the 1940s.
Dr. Huijser has an interest in Indigenous higher education and Indigenous pedagogies, with a specific interest in online education. In addition, he has a long-held research interest in Indigenous media production and use, including social media.
Dr. Marshall has a PhD in law, awarded in 2014 at Macquarie University, titled “A web of water rights”. Seminal research on Aboriginal peoples claims for water property rights and interests in Australia”. Dr. Marshall is a legal practitioner and scholar.
Professor Michelle Trudgett is an Indigenous scholar from the Wiradjuri Nation in New South Wales. In February 2015 she took up the position Professor of Indigenous Education and Director of a new Centre for Indigenous Knowledges as the University of Technology, Sydney. Prior to this posting Michelle was the Head of Warawara – Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney. Michelle has developed an international reputation as a leading Indigenous Australian scholar whose research provides considerable insight into the area of Indigenous participation in higher education, with a specific focus on the postgraduate sector. Her current ARC funded research seeks to create a model of best practice for the supervision of Indigenous doctoral students. Michelle is passionate about developing strategies to ensure Indigenous higher education students receive culturally appropriate support throughout their academic journeys.
Dr. Dino Hodge
Dino Hodge’s research focuses on social justice and intersectionality. His publications include the oral history book Did you meet any malagas? (1993), documenting racial and sexual identities in Darwin’s gay community. His most recent book Don Dunstan, Intimacy, and Liberty is a biography of South Australia’s ground-breaking premier and was published by Wakefield Press in 2014. Currently, Dino is editing a book of life stories and essays, Black, Queer, and Trans: Perspectives of First Nations People of Australia, due for release in November 2015.
Dr Kirstie Close-Barry has conducted research in Australian, Fijian and Papua New Guinean histories, particularly the impact of colonial governance strategies. Her research focuses on Christian missions, and policies relating to labour and land.
Eva has worked in the Social Anthropology and Community Livelihood research space for nearly 10 years, with most of this work situated in the Northern Territory. Her research 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.
Dr Bennett is a Kamilaroi woman who is passionate and committed to her community. She is a social work lecturer at ACU and her interests include trauma, and Aboriginal people as well as increasing cultural responsiveness in social work education. Prior to her appointment with ACU, Bindi was a senior social worker in health.
Dameyon’s interests are in Indigenous LGBQTI SDOH intersectionality and the relationship with suicide. He has numerous interests in this area including, challenging the stigma associated with Mental Health; debunking the myth that men don’t engage; and upstream suicide prevention with Indigenous communities.
Research at the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation
Queensland University of Technology
Website: www.qut.edu.au and www.aushsi.org.au
Leeanne Fabila is a Project Officer Research at the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) at Queensland University of Technology. She has an interest in health and education research with an Indigenous focus.
My work is in Indigenous media production in remote Indigenous communities. The work involves research and policy development that supports remote Indigenous peoples to maintain their own media organisations on-country.
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Jeff Berglund teaches comparative Indigenous film and literature. Current in-progress research focuses on contemporary Indigenous film, music, and comics. Publications include a book on Sherman Alexie and numerous American Indian authors. Jeff is also a member of the Emergent Indigenous Identities group which is a collaboration with NAU and UOW.
Dr. Wilson is one of many organizers with the Idle No More movement, integrating radical education movement work with grassroots interventions that prevent the destruction of land and water. She is particularly focused on educating about and protecting the Saskatchewan River Delta and supporting community-based food sovereignty efforts. Having co-developed a Masters program in Land-Based Education at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Wilson is now in the process of creating an international Indigenous Land –based PhD program.
Lani V. Jones is queer, Black feminist scholar and therapists. She is an Associate Professor at the University at Albany, SUNY in the School of Social Welfare and Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Lani’s bloodline lineage is African-Native of Choctaw and Cherokee heritage. Her research and scholarship interests are concentrated in the area of evidenced-based mental health practice with a focus on reducing depressive and stress symptoms and psychosocial competence enhancement among women of colour. She is the author and co-author of several articles and book chapters. Additionally, she is a Black feminist therapist in the Albany, NY.
Acushla is of Ngaruahine Rangi, Ngati Ruanui, Te Ati Awa descent and was raised in Taranaki, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her interests are academic and community research, community development, identity and cultural preservation, and performing arts. Her recent research examines how Maori are engaging with new social networking sites, such as Facebook, Bebo, Twitter, Google+ etc, and the impact SNS is having on Maori ways of communicating (kanohi ki te kanohi).
Professor Michelle Harris
Director: Institute of Global Indigeneity
University at Albany, State University New York
Albany, New York, USA
Michelle is the Director of the Institute of Global Indigeneity and the founder and convener of The Working Group on Emergent Indigenous Identities – an interdisciplinary and international network of scholars who have partnered to research and write about issues important to Indigenous peoples the world over. She has collaborated with colleagues at the University of Wollongong on a grant-funded, collaborative curriculum project centered on global Indigenous identities and has published in the area of teaching and learning in Indigenous Studies.
Dr Steve Elers is a lecturer in the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing at Massey University, Aotearoa. He is interested in critical theories including: Critical Race Theory; Kaupapa Maori; Postcolonial Criticism, Cultural Studies and Semiotics. His area of expertise include FoR codes, communication and media studies, language, communication and culture.
Dr Thalia Anthony (PhD, MCrim, LLB (Hons), BA (Hons) USyd) is an Associate Professor in Law at the University of Technology Sydney. Over the past decade she has provided a rich analysis of criminal sentencing of Indigenous people that critiques the courts’ colonial gaze and the scope of postcolonial jurisdiction over Indigenous people. In 2013 she published her widely reviewed monograph Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment (Routledge). She is currently lead investigator on an Australian Research Council project on Indigenous women in prison (with Larissa Behrendt) and Chief Investigator on an ARC project on Indigenous justice and safety initiatives in central Australia (with Juanita Sherwood and Harry Blagg). Thalia is active in the Redfern community, supporting Aboriginal families who have had their children taken by the state, and advocating for policy change.
Research interests: criminal justice, colonial and postcolonial jurisdiction, criminal sentencing and Indigenous resurgence
Dr Antje Deckert
School of Social Sciences and Public Policy,
Faculty of Culture and Society
Auckland University of Technology
Auckland, New Zealand
Antje positions herself as a counter-colonial scholar-activist. Her primary research concerns the discourses of orthodox academic criminology and mainstream media and their interactions with Indigenous peoples and epistemologies. She is also interested in narrative identity theory and social change theory.
Biko survived the Nigerian genocide against the Igbo which took an estimated 3.1 million lives in Biafra 1966-1970. He is the author of the following books – Critical, Creative and Centered Scholar-Activism: The Fourth Dimensionalism of Agwuncha Arthur Nwankwo (2016, FDP); Today Na Today (Poetry, Omala, 2013); The Debt Penalty (Play, Omala, 2010); ADAM: Africana Drug-Free Alternative Medicine, (Iva Valley, 2006); Counter-Colonial Criminology, (Pluto 2003; Pan African Issues in Crime and Justice (co-edited, Ashgate, 2004; Nigeria: Democratising a Militarised Civil Society, (co-authored, Center for Democracy and Development, 2001; Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Migration Research (edited, Ashgate, 2000); and Black Women and the Criminal Justice System, (Ashgate, 1997. Also Director-Producer-Editor of Reparative Justice, 30 minutes, color, African Independent Television, Lagos, Nigeria, 2002; Director-Producer of CLR James: The Black Jacobins Sociology Series, 2008; Director-Producer, ‘Shouters and the Control Freak Empire’, Winner of the Best International Short Documentary, Columbia Gorge Film Festival, USA, 2011. Editor-In-Chief of the African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies, and Series Editor, Ashgate Publishers Interdisciplinary Research Series in Ethnic, Gender and Class Relations. Ph.D. (Edinburgh); MPhil. (Cambridge); B.Sc. First Class Hons (Calabar).
Dr. Montoya is currently a Lecturer for NAU’s Ethnic Studies Program, where he regularly teaches Intro to Chicana(o) Studies. His current research critically examines the development, use, & contestation of citizenship in US-Mexico Borderlands.
Ricardo is interested in researching race and Indigeneity from a transcultural perspective, particularly as they are perceived through media and popular culture in the U.S. and, comparatively, around the world. He is interested in how African indigeneities compare to others.
At its heart, Alice’s research is about texts by Māori, Pacific and Indigenous people. A/Prof Te Punga Somerville’s work is underpinned by her belief that we (Māori, Pacific and/ or Indigenous peoples) are constrained when the stories about us are limited. She therefore focus on texts as evidence, sites and foundations of stories that are far more complex than those that are told about us by other people or even those that are generally told by ourselves.
A/Prof Te Punga Somerville’s MA and PhD focused on Māori written literatures, and as she deliberately sought broader contexts for exploring this writing she developed a twin interest and expertise in Indigenous studies and Pacific studies. She also writes the occasional poem.
Glen Finau was previously an assistant lecturer at the University of South Pacific (USP). He worked with Ernst & Young (Fiji) Ltd as an auditor before joining USP and is a member of CPA Australia and the Fiji Institute of Accountants. He completed his Masters of Commerce at USP, with his thesis examining the factors that lead to successful ICT implementation in the public sector in Pacific Island Countries. His research focuses on a range of areas from Accounting, Information Systems, Mobile Money and Social Media. His work has been published in Pacific Asia Journal of the Association of Information Systems, Accounting History and Journal of Pacific Studies. His current research work explores the use and potential of social media in collective activism and political participation in the South Pacific. Glen is collaborating with DLP on ‘Digital Feminism in Fiji’, a research project exploring the use of digital technologies among feminists and women’s rights activists.
Romitesh Kant has previously worked for Citizen’s Constitutional Forum as a researcher and as a civic/electoral education associate with a UNDP based civic education program. His Masters research focuses on democracy and constitutional processes in Fiji. His current research interests are politics of ethnicity and constitutional developments in Fiji, human rights, and digital media and politics in the Pacific. His work has been published in Pacific Studies and the Journal of Pacific Studies. More recently his research has focused on online activism and digital feminism. Romitesh is collaborating with DLP on ‘Digital Feminism in Fiji’, a research project exploring the use of digital technologies among feminists and women’s rights activists.
Jope Tarai Masters research focuses on collective diplomacy in the context of The South Pacific Tuna Treaty. In addition, his research interests are, Pacific regionalism, tuna politics, social media and politics in Fiji. His work has been published in Pacific Studies and the Journal of Pacific Studies. More recently, his research has focused on the use of social media and digital technologies for activism and collective action. Jope is collaborating with DLP on ‘Digital Feminism in Fiji’, a research project exploring the use of digital technologies among feminists and women’s rights activists.
Jason is currently undertaking research into how migration and remittances affect family livelihoods in small island communities. He is a member of a research team that examines the role that Information and Communications technologies (ICTs) play in contemporary Pacific politics and advocacy. He has co-authored papers examining the role that ICTs have played in activism, political campaigning and as a tool for empowerment. Two of these papers have been accepted for publication in Pacific Studies and the Journal of Pacific Studies. His current research interests focus on contemporary politics and how ICTs can be leveraged as tools for citizen empowerment, activism, and political engagement in the South Pacific. Jason is collaborating with DLP on ‘Digital Feminism in Fiji’, a research project exploring the use of digital technologies among feminists and women’s rights activists.
Waziyatawin is a Dakota writer, teacher, and activist from the Pezihutazizi Otunwe (Yellow Medicine Village) in southwestern Minnesota. She is the author or co/editor of six volumes, including her most recent book, For Indigenous Minds Only.
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Mr. Andrew Farrell
Faculty of Law, Humanities, and the Arts
University of Wollongong
Andrew is currently completing his PhD titled ‘Emergent Diversities: Queering Spaces of Gender Identity in Aboriginal Cultures’. The research explores whether Aboriginal identities are gender diverse. The aim of the research is to locate Indigenous gender diverse identities in Australia and to situate Aboriginal perspectives in the field of Queer Indigenous Studies.
Jodi is a PhD candidate in Indigenous Studies at the University of Wollongong. Her research aims to explore and map the continuity of Yuin and Dharawal cultural practices on the South Coast of New South Wales. She has a Masters in Education and a Bachelor of Education in Aboriginal History from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Natural Cultural Environment Management from Deakin University. She has been a freelance Cultural Educator for over five years working predominately in the areas of Aboriginal environmental heritage, cultural knowledge education program development.
Mr. Hemopereki Simon
University of Wollongong
Hemopereki is of Tuwharetoa, Te Arawa Whanui, Waikato, Hauraki, Tuhoe, and Ngati Manawa whakapapa. His research interests are broad and varied. In the planning area, his foci have been grounded in the Maori and Postcolonial planning traditions. His research also reflects his passion for indigenous cultural revival and continuation, particularly in PerformingArts and heritage issues. He is currently exploring the new identity of an “Indigenous EcoConstitutionlist” and what this means for Maori, the application and relevance of the doctrine of discovery to Aotearoa New Zealand particularly around geothermal assets, and the Indigenous Constitutional traditions of Iwi.
Sarah-Jane is currently a PhD candidate and tutor in the University of Wollongong’s School of the Arts, English, and Media. Her research looks at the intersection of poetry and place, and she is interested in Indigenous poetics and topography.
University of Wollongong
Ashleigh is a Dunghutti woman and PhD student in the School of Education at the University of Wollongong. She is researching Indigenous education in Australia, utilizing Indigenous research methodologies and focusing on the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) Indigenous-mentoring program. Ashleigh was a former mentor within the AIME program.
Corrinne is an Indigenous woman from the Wiradjuri Nation, New South Wales, Australia. Her research interests are multi-disciplinary and focus broadly on experiences and effects of body and Identity in relation to Indigenous Australian people.
Maddee is a Bundjalung person whose research interests include Queer theory, Indigenous feminism, Indigenous literature, history, Indigenous education, arts, and media.
The working title of Areti’s research is “George Tupou V: the Tongan, the Christian, the Monarch. An examination of the life of a king in relation to his people”. Areti’s research will focus on a historically and theoretically situated biography of King George Tupou V, the recently deceased leader of Tonga.
Sarah is a PhD candidate at Charles Sturt University. Her research examines Australian responses to cyber bullying from an Indigenous, mainstream and CALD cultural context.
Philip’s PhD research explores the role of cultural philosophies in the use of mobile devices for Initial Teacher Education study through Community Based Programs by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pre-service teachers in remote communities.
Ms. Noe Lumby
Phone: +61 2 6496 2966
Noe is an Indigenous educator and is interested in research that focuses on Indigenous Language Education, Indigenous education, embedding Indigenous perspectives into national curriculum and teacher education. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Canberra.
Jessa Rogers (Wiradjuri, Darkinjung) (Bed)(Hons I), BCI, MEd) is an ANU Indigenous Reconciliation PhD Scholar employing Indigenous research methods and methodologies to research the experiences of Aboriginal girls in boarding schools, based at CAEPR.
Jessica is a PhD candidate at the Monash Indigenous Centre. Her thesis, “Home, Belonging, Healing: Witnessing Trauma on Dja Dja Wurrung Country”, uses oral history research to examine ideas of place, belonging, violence and ethical responsibility.
University of Wollongong
Josie is a Gumbaynggirr woman with an undergraduate degree in Indigenous Studies majoring in Health and Community Development. She has 20 years experience in the field and within Creative Arts. Josie is currently studying a MA majoring in Creative Arts.
Lilly is a PhD candidate with a research focus on how Indigenous children and young people have come to be understood. Her interests lie in the politics of knowledge, value of critical education, racial literacy and Indigenous studies and research.
University of Sydney
Kristie has a Bachelor of Health Science in Indigenous Health Studies, Health Science and a Graduate Certificate in Health Leadership & Management, Health Sciences. Kristie was a senior project officer for the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council and a youth worker at the Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service. Her PhD research topic is focused on evidence-based alcohol management within Aboriginal primary health care services (part of a wider national project and NH&MRC grant).
Woolyungah Indigenous Centre
University of Wollongong
Phone: 4221 3776
Lesli is an Indigenous Honours student at UOW. Her thesis is a comparison of Aboriginal urban/rural social capital in relation to two Aboriginal communities: Redfern – The block NSW; and Wreck Bay Booderee, Jervis Bay Territory ACT.
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Tawhanga is of Te Arawa, Tuwharetoa, Tainui and Ngapuhi ascent, and the traditions of Māori weaving, or raranga, are the focus of his creative practice research. He uses raranga processes and knowledge, to explore trans spaces for identity, and looks for ways that these can empower within a range of social contexts. His primary areas of interest are matauranga Māori, virtual social realms, transgender advocacy, digitial media, and performance art.
Justin is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology concentrating on the use of the arts as a means of cultural expression and vitalization in global contexts. His dissertation focuses on the Ainu of Japan and their use of the arts in ethnic tourism.
Phyllis Pettit Nassi, MSW, enrolled in the Otoe-Missouri Tribe and member of the Cherokee Nation, is Manager of Special Populations at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and is currently a PhD student at the University of Utah’s College of Social Work.
Phyllis presently serves on the American Indian Alaska Native National Advisory Committee, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Advisory Board College/Graduate Horizons, is an Advocate for the American Association for Cancer Research Scientist-Survivor Program and is a member of the Patient Advocacy Committee of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group(ACOSOG). Phyllis is the recipient of Utah’s American Indian Outstanding Manager Award, the College of Social Work’s Pete Suazo Social Justice Award and the James Garland Woolsey Memorial Award for Professional Promise in the Field of Health and Rehabilitation.