On Thursday 13th February Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research launched the Indigenous Nations and Collaborative Futures Research Hub under the leadership of Professor Daryle Rigney. This is the 9th Research Hub to be established by Jumbunna IIER.
Professor Attila Brungs, Vice Chancellor and President of UTS said “this hub will consolidate the already established position (at UTS) and build on the foundation of years of work… taking it to new heights and that is what is so exciting about today”
Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO, spoke about the communities that have helped to link our research not just here in Australia, but the work with the Native Institute at Arizona University and the Harvard Project has been an important strengthening of International ties.
Professor Daryle Rigney spoke to the future, of positioning the hub into the forefront of supporting community advancement.
After those speeches were completed, there was a panel, MC’d by Dist. Prof. Larissa Behrendt, with Speakers from the hub, Professor Daryle Rigney, Professor Miriam Jorgensen, Assoc Professor Steve Hemming and Ms Donna Robb, CEO of Indigenous Allied Health. Sharing research and information learned about: the impact to natural resources, how communities are finding voice through water and land management, health, economic status, lessons from the international space and how Australian First Nations are different, well-being of a community and individuals and the factors that make a community engage in nation building. They brought forward some thought provoking ideas that made you consider what work needs to be done in your own backyard and how research can enhance our communities to not just consider service-based ideas around nation building but advance the conversations into bigger picture around future projections of a healthy nation and decision processes that are not defined by one generation.
I caught up with Daryle late in 2019 to talk about his background and the work they aim to do with the hub. Below is the podcast from that interview.
Welcome to the new hub and we look forward to further conversations and research coming out of this area.