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New network supports Indigenous researchers

Professor Steven Larkin … co-leader of the research network’s Indigenous Sociology “node” Professor Steven Larkin … co-leader of the research network’s Indigenous Sociology “node”

Charles Darwin University is a founding member of a new Indigenous research network that promises to change the way higher education is approached in Australia.

Launched in Canberra recently, the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network will build Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research capacity, mentor new researchers and advance research in Indigenous knowledge systems. 

Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership Professor Steven Larkin said the network would support early and mid-career Indigenous researchers, especially those undertaking a research higher degree.

He said it would connect Indigenous researchers across disciplines nationally and internationally, and initiate an Indigenous research agenda by applying Indigenous knowledge and expertise to collaborative projects.

Professor Larkin is the co-leader of the network’s Indigenous Sociology “node”, with Associate Professor Maggie Walter from the University of Tasmania.

The other nodes are: Indigenous Health, Indigenous Law, and Yuraki – History, Politics and Culture.

The Australian Government has provided $3.2 million over four years for the network, which will be headed by Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson from QUT.

The network comprises 22 universities and research institutes across Australia.