Nikki Curtin

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

PhD Candidate

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 and was the recipient of the Australian Psychological Society prize for academic excellence in psychology at the Honours level. Nikki’s research interests lie within community psychology; specifically, qualitative research at the intersections between national identity and social change.

Nikki’s PhD research explores 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. Her 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.

PhD Project Title

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

Research Interests

  1. Reconciliation
  2. Tourism and social change
  3. Cultural competency
  4. Sustainability
  5. Community psychology

Supervisors

Prof Steven Bird - Principal (Northern Institute, College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society, Charles Darwin University)
Prof Ruth Wallace (College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society, Charles Darwin University)

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Nikki Curtin

Contacts

T: 0458 480 458
E: nikki.curtin@cdu.edu.au

Perth, Western Australia

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