Confirmation of Candidature PhD by Research


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Presenter:  Nikki Curtin, PhD Student

Date: Feb 19, 2019

Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Contact person:  Office of Research and Innovation
T: +61 8 8946 7289
E: Research.Degrees@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Yellow Buildinh 1 Level 2 Room 48 (Savanna Room) Casuarina Campus, Charles Darwin University

Moving forward while looking back: Exploring how Indigenous cultural tourism can support the processes and goals of Reconciliation in Australia

Abstract: This proposed research is positioned within a growing literature calling for a re-evaluation of the ways in which humanity is relating with our natural environments, as for the first time in history, the future of life on the planet is largely in human hands. The sharing of Indigenous worldviews associated with co-existence beliefs and practices is suggested as a possible means for promoting more sustainable human-nature relationships. One setting where Indigenous ecological knowledges may be expressed and transmitted, both within and across cultures to potentially diverse populations, that presents a suitable context for systematic investigation is Indigenous cultural tourism. Thus, this proposed research seeks to explore how tourism can align with its higher potentials and support the processes and goals of Reconciliation in Australia through facilitating cross-cultural contact and the sharing of Indigenous worldviews, cultures and histories. This proposed research adopts an Indigenist research approach with a grounded theory research design, the outcomes of which will contribute valuable understandings of how Indigenous cultural tourism can play a role in achieving a more equitable, just and sustainable Australia. 

Biography: Nikki has a background working in the non-for-profit sector as a drug and alcohol counsellor/educator in residential rehabilitation, justice and community settings. She completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours at Charles Darwin University in 2018 where she undertook a research project exploring conceptualisations of Indigenous cultures and histories in popular songs in Australia. This Honours project along with her personal and professional experiences have shaped her research interests within community psychology; specifically, qualitative research at the intersections between national identity and social change.

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