National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) Australian Research Council (ARC)
The National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) is a multi-disciplinary, Indigenous collaboration involving 44 Network Participants from across Australia, 5 Indigenous Partner Organisations, and an Advisory Board of 10 eminent Indigenous elders and leaders. Adjunct Research Fellow Steve Kinnane, Professor Juli Coffin and Adjunct Professor Lyn Henderson-Yates are participants in this successful Australian Research Council grant and have been engaged as Network Participants for 3 of the project’s five years. NIRAKN seeks to examine and articulate how Indigenous research priorities and interests can be met and how research can be aligned with the cultural protocols of researchers and their communities. Conceptually, NIRAKN’s research program is framed by Indigenous knowledge systems, which are continuing and living, embodied and culturally situated within Indigenous communities and operating in broader Australian society.
These systems inform Indigenous research ethics and protocols. NIRAKN will operationalise Indigenous knowledge and praxis benchmarked against graduate research capabilities and approach teaching and learning as a constructive and relational exercise. This project commenced in January 2013 and will conclude in December 2016. A dedicated Facebook page has been established to support NIRAKN and can be found here:
- Enhancing Training Advantage for Remote Indigenous Learners
Funded by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
Associate Professor Sandra Wooltorton, Mrs Mel Marshall and Ms Anna Dwyer of Nulungu formed the Kimberley team of a group of researchers from across Australia to work on this project which was led by Adjunct Professor John Guenther from Ninti-One (Flinders University), The research provided answers to longstanding questions about how post school training can enhance the employability of remote adult learners. The project examined programs in remote parts of Australia where rates of retention and completion are relatively high compared to the average for remote Australia. Five case studies were conducted. Full reports on the project are available here: