Professor Ruth Wallace

Director

Professor Ruth Wallace is the Director of the Northern Institute. Ruth leads the Regional, Economic & Workforce Development theme which focuses on collaborative approaches to workforce development and engagement with community, governments and industry that are sustainable and scalable. Ruth is the social science technical advisor for the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre, with a focus on building resilience through community engagement and collaborative knowledge and management systems for biosecurity surveillance. In February 2016, Ruth became the first female Australian researcher to be awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences (sponsored by Kansas State University).

Research Interests

Ruth has a strong relationship and working history with Vocational Education and Training – across regional and remote WA, QLD and NT in VET.  Her PhD focuses on the needs of learners in regional areas in relation to education and education systems.  Her research interests relate to the links between identity, marginalised learners and the development of effective learning and workforce pathways. This work is situated in regional and remote areas of Northern Australia, and undertaken with Aboriginal people in remote and regional areas. Ruth’s research connects to mobile learning pedagogies, literacy and numeracy learning and approaches to workforce development in remote enterprises. 

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Workforce development in regional and marginalised areas
  • Policy implementation in regional areas
  • Regional development and growth in remote areas
  • Mobile end technology based learning
  • Learning identity
  • Aboriginal enterprise development in remote areas
  • Regional development and governance in Northern Australia and neighbouring regions
  • Marginalised learners and access to knowledge systems
  • Community engagement

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Research Projects

Current Projects

2014-17
Collaborative planning and shared decision making amongst stakeholders in plant biosecurity risk management - Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC). $1,826,501

2013-15
Making Biosecurity Everyone’s Business - Collaborative Research Centre Plant Biosecurity (in partnership with NZ Plant and Food Biosecurity and the Pacific Institute for Sustainable Development). Extension project currently under development.

2013-16
Indigenous Governance and Leadership Development Project - NT Dept of Regional Development and Women's Policy. $1,100,000

Recent Projects

2014-15
NTG Remote Engagement and Coordination Strategy - Northern Territory Department of Community Services, $140,000

2013-15
Building resilience in Indigenous Communities through engagement - a focus on Biosecurity threats - Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC). $117,980

2013
Provision of Safe Streets Audit - Northern Territory Police Fire and Emergency. $181,818

2014-15
Study on Trilateral Cooperation between Australia, Indonesia and Timor-Leste - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. $50,000

2013
Stronger Futures Information Management Plan - NT Dept of Regional Development and Women's Policy. $12,326

2012-16
Northern Research Futures (NRF) Collaborative Research Network - Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. $7,791,439

2012-13
DET Educational Modules for Online Learning - NT Dept of Education and Training. $252,218

2012-13
East Arnhem Fisheries Network Training Framework - Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. $113,096

2012-15
Collaborative knowledge systems for plant biosecurity surveillance - Collaborative Research Centre Plant Biosecurity. $865,367

Publications & Resources

Books

Catts, R., Falk I. & Wallace, R. (Eds.) (2011).Vocational Learning: Innovative Theory and Practice. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. 

Falk, I., Wallace, R. & Ndoen, M. L. (Eds.) (2011). Managing Biosecurity Across Borders. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Book Chapters

Wallace, R., Carson, D. & Dale, A. (2015, forthcoming). International context for governance and policy: Issues for northern regions and implications for development. In Northern Research Futures, Canberra: ANU Press.

Mackaway, J., Winchester-Seeto, T., Peach, D., Ferns, S., Campbell, M., Moore, K., Wallace, R., Ford, L. & Prior, J. (2014), Inclusive Practise in WIL. In S. Ferns (Ed), HERDSA Guide: Work Integrated Learning in the Curriculum (pp. 33-39). Milperra, NSW: HERDSA Inc.

Wallace, R. (2013). Empowered Learner Identity Through M-Learning: Representations of Disenfranchised Students’ Perspectives. In D. Parsons (Ed.), Innovations in Mobile Educational Technologies and Applications (pp. 272-283). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-2139-8.ch017

Dyson, L., Andrews, T., Smyth, R., & Wallace R. (2013). Towards a Holistic Framework for Ethical Mobile Learning. In Z. Berge & L.Y. Muilenburg (Eds.), Handbook of Mobile Learning (pp. 405-416). London: Routledge.

Catts, R., Falk, I. & Wallace, R. (2011). Introduction: Innovations in Theory and Practice. In R. Catts, I. Falk & R. Wallace (Eds.), Vocational Learning: Innovative Theory and Practice (pp. 1-10). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Wallace, R. (2011). Social Partnerships in Learning: Connecting to the Learner Identities of Disenfranchised Regional Learners. In R. Catts, I. Falk & R. Wallace (Eds.), Vocational Learning: Innovative Theory and Practice (pp. 11-32). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Wallace R., & Appo, R. (2011). Indigenous Dot Com: E-Learning in Australian Indigenous Workforce Development and Engagement. In R. Catts, I. Falk & R. Wallace (Eds.), Vocational Learning: Innovative Theory and Practice (pp. 95-110). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Catts, R., Falk, I., & Wallace, R. (2011). Vocational Learning Futures. In R. Catts, I. Falk & R. Wallace (Eds.), Vocational Learning: Innovative Theory and Practice (pp. 259-270). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Falk, I. & Wallace, R. (2011). Managing plant biosecurity across borders. In I. Falk, R. Wallace & M. L. Ndoen (Eds.), Managing Biosecurity Across Borders (pp. 3-22). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Wallace, R. (2011). Social partnerships in learning: Engaging local, regional and national partners in plant biosecurity management. In I. Falk, R. Wallace & M. L. Ndoen (Eds.), Managing Biosecurity Across Borders (pp. 109-128). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Ndoen, M. L., Wallace, R., & Mampouw, H. L. (2011). Accessing local knowledge to achieve economic and social sustainability. In I. Falk, R. Wallace & M. L. Ndoen (Eds.), Managing Biosecurity Across Borders (pp. 183-198). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Wallace, R., Mudita, I. W., & Natonis, R. L. (2011). Engaging biosecurity workforces through mobile learning and technologies in community management of biosecurity research. In I. Falk, R. Wallace & M. L. Ndoen (Eds.), Managing Biosecurity Across Borders (pp. 199-214). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Falk, I., Wallace, R., Ndoen, M. L., Surata, K., Royce, P., Mudita, I. W., et al. (2011). A strategy for managing biosecurity across borders. In I. Falk, R. Wallace & M. L. Ndoen (Eds.), Managing Biosecurity Across Borders (pp. 215-236). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Wallace, R. (2011). The affordances of mobile learning that can engage disenfranchised learner identities in formal education. In N. Pachter, J. Seiplod & C. Pimmer (Eds.), Work Based Mobile Learning: Concepts and Cases (pp. 117-143). Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang AG International Academic Publishers.

Wallace R., & Appo, R. (2011). Indigenous Dot Com: E-Learning in Australian Indigenous Workforce Development and Engagement. In R. Catts, I. Falk & R. Wallace (Eds.), Vocational Learning:Innovative Theory and Practice (pp. 95-110). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Wallace, R., Mudita, I. W., & Natonis, R. L. (2011). Engaging biosecurity workforces through mobile learning and technologies in community management of biosecurity research. In I. Falk, R. Wallace & M. L. Ndoen (Eds.), Managing Biosecurity Across Borders (pp. 199-214). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Journal Articles

Wallace, R., Falk, I., & Surata, K. (forthcoming). What does "Integrating global perspectives on environmental education" really mean? Australian Journal of Environmental Education.

Wallace, R. (forthcoming). Enacted learner identities: a model for understanding disenfranchised learners experiences of formal education. Adelaide: National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

Wallace, R. (forthcoming). Social Partnerships in Learning: Profiling identities of disenfranchised regional learners. International Journal of Learning.

Wallace, R., & Sushames, L. (forthcoming). Best practice in designing and implementing community based training: lessons from the road. International Journal of Learning.

Kelly, D., Cuthill, M., & Wallace, R. (Accepted for publication) Participatory research Potential applications for teaching and learning. Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education.

Wallace, R. (2011). Empowered Learner Identity through M-learning: Representations of Disenfranchised Students’ Perspectives. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 3(1), 53-63.

Boyle, A. & Wallace, R. (2011). Indigenous people and e-nabling technologies: An analysis of recent experiences in northern and central Australia. Kulumun: Journal of the Wollotuka Institute, 1(1), 1-14.

Monograph/Working Papers

Dale, A., Campbell, A., Douglas, M., Robertson, A., Wallace, R., & Davies, P. (2014). From myth to reality: New pathways for northern development. Paper presented at the Northern Development Summit.

Wallace, R. (2008). Reluctant learners: Their identities and educational experiences. Occasional Paper. Adelaide: NCVER.

Conference Papers & Presentations

Dardjito, H., Wallace, R., Guenther, J. & Rolls, N. (2015). Comprehension and Socio Cultural Factors: Teaching Reading in English as a Foreign Language Setting. The Sixth Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities 2015. Osaka, Japan, 2-5 April 2015.

Wallace, R. (2014). Current planning and creation of the ‘Indigenous Enterprise Hub’. 2014 Indigenous Business, Enterprise and Corporations Conference. UWA Business School, Perth, 1-2 December 2014.

Wallace, R. (2014). Learning the Lessons of Development with Other Nation’s Norths. CRN Northern Australia Development Conference: A Northern Perspective. Northern Australia Development Office, Darwin, 25 November 2014.

Wallace, R. (2014). Transitions for success. Designing Teaching: Creative Learning. RMIT University, Melbourne, 2-3 September 2014.

Luck, J. & Wallace, R. (2014). Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre Education Program: National Capacity Building. The 29th International Horticultural Congress. Brisbane, Queensland, 17-22 August 2014.

Maclean, K., Robinson, C., McAllister, R., Wallace, R., Farbotko, C., & Collins, K. (2014). Advancing collaborative knowledge systems for plant biosecurity surveillance. Science Exchange. Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 6-9 May 2014.

Marsh, A., Ford, L., Wallace, R., Gothadjaka, K., Fullerton, B., & Green, J. (2014). Building resilience in indigenous communities through engagement. Science Exchange. Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 6-9 May 2014.

Wallace, R. (2013). Engaging Marginalised Learner Identities: The Potential to Improve VET Delivery with Remote Workforces. UK RWL8 - 8th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning. Stirling, UK, 19-21 June 2013

Andrews, T., Dyson, L. E., Smith, R. & Wallace, R. (2011). The Ethics of M-Learning: Classroom Threat or Enhanced Learner Agency? 10th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2011). Beijing, China, 18-21 October 2011. 25%

Wallace, R. (2011). Aboriginal Led Responses to Biosecurity Management Policy and Practices in Northern Australia. Environmental Change Institute Seminar. Oxford, England, 15 July 2011.

Wallace, R. (2011). The affordances of mobile learning for non-traditional learners. Journal of Vocational Education and Training 9th International Conference (JVET). Worcester College Oxford, England, 8 –10 July 2011

Sushames, L. & Wallace, R. (2011). Work Based Literacy and Numeracy Training in Indigenous Contexts. The 18th International Conference on Learning. University of Mauritius, Mauritius, 5-8 July 2011.

Wallace, R. (2011). Aboriginal Models of Workforce Development and Training in Northern Australia. IX International Rangeland Congress (IX IRC2011). Rosario, Argentina, 2-8 April 2011.

Wallace, R. (2011). Indigenous Models of Workforce Development and Training in Northern Australia. AVETRA 14th Annual Conference. Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, VIC, 28 - 29 April 2011.

Wallace, R. & Nomikoudis, M. (2011). My Point of View: Using E-Learning to Improve Trades-Based Learning Experiences for Students and Their Teachers. AVETRA 14th Annual Conference. Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, VIC, 28 - 29 April 2011.

Wallace, R. (2011). Indigenous Led Responses to Biosecurity Management Policy and Practices in Northern Australia. Second International Science and Policy Conference (Resilience 2011). Arizona State University, Arizona, 11-16 March 2011

Wallace, R. (2011). Building sustainable Indigenous biosecurity management workforces in northern Australia. CRC National Plant Biosecurity 2011 Science Exchange. Barossa Valley, Adelaide, 9-11 February 2011.

Keynote Presentations

Wallace, R. (2014). The Northern Development Agenda in Australia. Thriving Northern Communities Symposium. Storuman, Sweden, 9-10 December 2014.

Wallace, R. (2013). Governance and Leadership Development Strategy. Indigenous Economic Development Forum, Alice Springs,22 October , 2013

Wallace, R. (2013). It's not just what you do... Are e-spaces where learners and institutions meet? ConVerge13 e-Learning Conference. Melbourne, 21-22 November 2013

Wallace, R. (2012). Engaging Marginalised Learners’ Identities in a Digital Age. IDEA12, Mercure Hotel, Melbourne, 5 December 2012.

Wallace, R. (2012). Engaging Identities. ACEN National Conference 2012. Collaborative Education: Investing in the Future, Geelong, 29 October - 2 November 2012

Wallace, R. (2012). Learning partnerships in remote workplaces: Exploring the identities of Aboriginal people, educators and industry in work based learning. Australian Collaborative Education Network, Perth, 30 October 2012.

Wallace, R. (2012). Engaging Marginalised Learner Identities: The Potential to Improve VET Delivery. WAALC Conference: At the heart of the matter. Western Australian Adult Literacy Council. Central Institute of Technology, Perth, 11-12 July 2012.

Wallace, R (2012). Engaging Indigenous Learners in VET and Workforce Development. Training Providers Forum Program. Western Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development. Burswood Conference Centre, 14-15 May 2012.

Wallace, R. (2011). Aboriginal led Approaches to Learning with Technology: The role of mobile technologies in water management education in Aboriginal contexts. Innovations in Water Education for Sustainability, International Water Centre Workshop, Brisbane, 23 September, 2011.

Wallace, R. (2011). Vocational Education Training Programs. EIDOS Institute’s National Conference Series: Indigenous Skills Development. State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, 16 September 2011.

Wallace, R. (2011). Understanding educational priorities for Indigenous students & critical focus areas. 2nd Annual Indigenous Education, Transitions and Employment; Empowering students, strengthening post-school pathways through holistic support. Citigate Central, Sydney, 19 - 20 July 2011.

Wallace, R. (2011). Integrating mobile technology into the school curriculum. First Nanshan Dialogue: Sino-Foreign Excellent Principals Forum. Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China, 16-18 June 2011

Research Reports

Falk, I. & Wallace, R. (2011). Community-based Biosecurity (Phase 2) - Final Report. CRC National Plant Biosecurity.

Wallace, R., Curry, C, Ludwig, W., Morgan, D, Tschernitz, C. & McPherson, K. (2006). Indigenous Enterprise Training. Department of Education, Science & Training, Australian Government.

Wallace, R & Mair, K. (2006). Turning Points: Children’s Services Project Professional Development for a Cluster of Identified Children’s Services. Department of Health and Community Services, Northern Territory Government.

Wallace, R. (2006). Hearing and Mentoring Evaluation. Group Training NT.

Dunbar, T., Wallace, R., Scrimgeour, M. & Arnott, A. (2006). Strong Family, Strong Culture, Strong Future Project Evaluation 2006. Department of Health and Community Services, Northern Territory Government.

Wallace, R. Curry, C., Ludwig, W., >& Morgan D. (2006). Make it Real: Training for Enterprise Final report. Department of Education, Science & Training, Australian Government.

Curry, C. & Wallace, R. (2006). Top End Groove. Australian Flexible Learning Framework.

Professional Positions, Memberships & Awards

Professional Positions & Memberships

Awards

  • 2016 - Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences, sponsored by Kansas State University
  • 2016 - AIM Leadership Excellence Award Leader/Manager of the Year for Northern Territory 
  • 2013 - Represented Australia in the IMS Global Learning Consortium Awards, San Diego
  • 2012 - Vice Chancellor’s Award, New Researcher, Charles Darwin University
  • 2012 - Bronze Medal, Australian Regional Finals IMS Global Learning Consortium
  • 2009 - Research Commercialisation Training Scheme Scholarship, Commonwealth Government
  • 2008 - New Researcher Scholarship, National Council of Vocational Education and Research
  • 2008 - Best Early Career Researcher Paper, Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association, and the National Council of Vocational Education and Research

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Supervision

Principal Supervision

  • Hanandyo Djardito
  • Theofransus Litaay
  • Ana Vuin
  • Jeanie Govan
  • Gemma Wickens
  • Ben Van Gelderan
  • Rhonda Gilchrist
  • Alison Reedy
  • Alison Lockley
  • Deasyanti Adil
  • Ratna Dyah Suryartri
  • Jagath Bandara Pathirage
  • Tom Gray
  • Simon Morris
  • Jayson Inbanez

Associate Supervision

  • Susanna Saffu
  • Helen Wozniak
Professor Ruth Wallace

Contacts

T: +61 8 8946 6390
E: ruth.wallace@cdu.edu.au

Darwin, NT

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