News & notices
Aunty Kerrie Doyle graduates from Oxford University
Congratulations to NCIS HDR scholar and University of Canberra Assistant Professor for Indigenous Health, Aunty Kerrie Doyle, for being the first Indigenous Australian woman to graduate from Oxford University. Aunty Kerrie, a proud Winninninni woman who grew up on Darkinjung country, completed a Master of Science in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy at Wolfson College as part of the Roberta Sykes Scholarship programme (awarded in May 2012).
As well as having the opportunity to undertake her studies in what was a ground-breaking course, Aunty Kerrie names other highlights of her time at Oxford as having lunch with a Nobel Laureate and delivering a lecture at the Nelson Mandela Theatre. She also delivered a paper at the International Nursing Research Conference in London.
Thanks to the Roberta Sykes and Charles Perkins Scholarship programs, there is now quite a cohort of Indigenous students undertaking postgraduate degrees at both Oxford and Cambridge. Kerrie is one of four Indigenous students to graduate through these scholarship programmes this year (Greg Lehman and Krystal Lockwood will graduate with a Masters in History of Art and Visual Culture and a Masters in Criminology & Criminal Justice respectively from Oxford, and Lilly Brown graduated with a Masters of Philosophy in Politics from Cambridge).
The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation provides scholarships, fellowships and funding to Indigenous Australians who wish to undertake postgraduate studies or short executive programs at overseas universities.
New research staff for Serving Our Country Project
A warm welcome to the Centre's two new research staff members, who will work on the ARC Linkage four-year project 'Serving Our Country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia': Ms Kate Macfarlane will undertake overall project coordination and Mr Craig Greene will coordinate community consultation for the project.
Vice Chancellor's Award for Reconciliation awarded to NCIS academic
Congratulations to Senior Research Fellow and Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Program Manager, Dr Asmi Wood, for his receipt of the 2013 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Reconciliation.
This Award recognises 'contributions to promoting and achieving increased participation rate of Indigenous Australian staff and students at the University'.
WCIP global preparatory meeting
NCIS Director, Professor Mick Dodson, is an active member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples delegation that is participating in the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) global preparatory meeting currently being held in Alta, Norway.
The Global Indigenous Preparatory Conference (10 – 12 June 2013, Alta) is a gathering of the indigenous peoples and nations representing the seven global geo-political regions. Its purpose is to exchange views and proposals and develop collective recommendations on the WCIP – a high-level plenary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to be held on 22 – 23 September, 2014 in New York City.
A draft Outcome Document (PDF 598KB) has been prepared.
Rethinking the justice system
NCIS Research Fellow, Dr Jill Guthrie, and colleagues have commenced a three-year exploratory study looking for ways to prevent young people from being imprisoned. The project, which is funded through the Australian Research Council's Discovery Indigenous scheme, uses Justice Reinvestment methodology to explore the conditions, governance and cultural appropriateness of reinvesting resources otherwise spent on incarceration, into services to enhance juvenile offenders' ability to remain in their community.
NCIS adjunct named as new UC chancellor
Congratulations to NCIS Adjunct Associate Professor, Dr Tom Calma, who has been announced as the new Chancellor of the University of Canberra. Dr Calma will take over from retiring ACTEW chairman, John Mackay, when his term finishes at the end of 2013. Dr Calma was appointed as Deputy Chancellor on 1 January 2012 and will officially take over as Chancellor on January 1, 2014.
NCIS is getting bigger!
NCIS extends a warm welcome to Ms Corinne Walsh, our new Research Officer. Corinne will provide research assistance on two research projects being undertaken by NCIS Research Fellow, Dr Jill Guthrie, regarding Indigenous incarceration and alternatives to incarceration: one project is aimed at testing the theory and methodology of Justice Reinvestment in Australia, while another uses Citizens' Juries to explore alternatives to incarceration for Indigenous Australians.
NCIS HDR candidate wins Commonwealth Exchange fellowship
NCIS PhD candidate Mr Sam Curkpatrick was part of a joint bid to form a collaborative association of researchers known as the Commonwealth Intercultural Arts Network (CIAN). Hosted by Dr Pamela Burnard at Cambridge University, three Australians – Dr Brydie-Leigh Bartleet (Griffith University), Lena Gan (Australian Art Orchestra) and Sam (The Australian National University) – were awarded fellowships by the Centre for Commonwealth Education to spend a month-long residency at Cambridge University in October 2013. During this time the Fellows will be involved in the publication of a number of joint papers, the opportunity to meet and talk with a wide range of academics and arts practitioners, and lead three day-long seminars and one conference. As they seek to establish a network of voices and projects, the Fellows hope to advance research that enlivens new ways of understanding cultural expressions and cultural difference in arts practices. From Sam's perspective in NCIS, this means the chance to examine in more detail the potential issues and possibilities for engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous musical cultures; perhaps the way in which Indigenous music is incorporated into tertiary music curriculums in Australia. But it is early stages yet... watch this space.
Welcome to another new NCIS HDR candidate
Magali McDuffie is a professional filmmaker. Her research project, started in March 2013, uses filmed interviews and narratives of the lived experiences of three Nyikina sisters to look at how they have responded and adapted to different waves of government policies, and influenced cultural actions and economic and self-determination initiatives at a local and national level.
Welcome to new NCIS HDR candidates
Two Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates joined NCIS in early 2013: Mr Ed Wensing is an experienced urban and regional planner, policy analyst and academic. His PhD candidature started in early January and he will be investigating 'Land justice for Indigenous Australians: Accommodating customary land rights in conventional land tenure systems (in Australia).' Ms Veronica Fynn is Adjunct Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia. Veronica started her PhD in February, and will focus on 'Gender violence and the "Rule of Law" in Indigenous communities of post-war Liberia.'