The establishment of the Indigenous Research Unit was a key milestone in Griffith University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research strategy. The University supports research development through the appointment of senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership, investing in research capacity development, establishing initiatives to attract post-doctoral researchers and implementing innovative strategies to support higher degree research students.
The Indigenous Research Unit (IRU) supports quality research that is driven by the needs of the community. Research projects are developed and undertaken in collaboration with communities, researchers and organisations. We aim to further the aspirations of communities while providing a supportive environment for rigorous research.
Our goals are to:
- Undertake research relevant to, and prioritised by, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians;
- support and facilitate research capacity development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous researchers;
- publish and disseminate outcomes of research;
- positively influence policy to improve socio-economic conditions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
- seek funding and resources to support research relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
While the IRU has a strong focus on research concepts and development, we also aim to work in strong partnership with the GUMURRII Student Support Unit. Indigenous research higher degree students will be guided and mentored by academics and learning assistance officers within these three areas who can provide cultural, academic and personal support to achieve success in their studies.
Our ResourcesThe IRN is based in the Patience Thoms Building on the Nathan Campus and has a broad view of the surrounding bushland. Our new large open plan office can accommodate up to eight visiting researchers in addition to the administrative team. The boardroom space can be booked by IRN members for meetings and can be altered to create an intimate workshop environment if needed.
Our boardroom is supported by current technology including a large internet active projector screen and teleconferencing facilities. Members are able to access computing equipment, hot desks and research assistant desk space to support their research projects.