Engage with us

Engage with us

Research Engagement

The Department of Indigenous Studies specialises in critical qualitative research. We draw on Indigenous research methodologies and are committed to consultation and collaboration with Indigenous communities, ensuring all work is conducted in a manner that is culturally appropriate in terms of how information is collected, stored and disseminated. Our team are highly skilled and professional Indigenous researchers. We are available to work in partnership with Indigenous organisations, government bodies, NGOs and industry on research, development, training, curriculum development and evaluation projects.

The Department of Indigenous Studies is guided by the ‘National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans’ (NH&MRC 2012),  ‘Values & Ethics: Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research’ (NH&MRC 2003), ‘Guidelines for Ethical Research in Indigenous Studies’ (AIATSIS 2000),‘Keeping Research on Track: A Guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples about Health Research Ethics’ (NH&MRC 2006), and ‘Cultural Respect Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2004-2009’ (Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council, 2004).

The Indigenous Studies department’s inclusive, interdisciplinary approach to learning and teaching means that we welcome opportunities to create new relationships within the community or with researchers. Contact us for more information about our programs, research and events.

Our research approach is underpinned by the key principles outlined in these documents, namely that:

  • Consultation, negotiation and free and informed consent are the foundations for research with Indigenous people;
  • Responsibility for consultation, negotiation and the production of knowledge is ongoing. This is demonstrated by our ongoing relationships with research partners, and all fieldwork reports, analysis and recommendations are initially provided to our partners for feedback;
  • Indigenous knowledges and cultural protocols must be respected. In practice, we rely on local Indigenous research partners to provide guidance on conducting the research appropriately for their individual community/organisation;
  • The diversity and uniqueness of communities and individuals is paramount to conducting quality research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  • In conducting the research, the course of information and those who have contributed to the research must be acknowledged;
  • Good research requires a commitment to working collaboratively with the organisations and individuals that participate in research projects and where possible, to build their capacity in the areas touched by the research.

Current Projects:

The Department of Indigenous Studies has been working collaboratively the Aboriginal Health and Research Council to produce Indigenous-centered research and community resources. We have also been working collaboratively with industry partners ReachOut and the Office of the eSafety Commissioner on a national research project that examines the impact of cyberbullying; online community building; and Indigenous peoples’ online social connections.

Student support, Welcome to Country and other events

For specific cultural guidance, advice or requests to organise a Welcome to Country for events, please contact Macquarie University’s Walanga Muru Office of Indigenous Strategy.

Walanga Muru is also available to help current and future Indigenous students to navigate university entry pathways, access support and tutoring, discover scholarships, and explore work placement opportunities.

Content owner: Department of Indigenous Studies Last updated: 18 Sep 2019 3:14pm

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