Co-design in Indigenous education

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor – Dr Marnee Shaym.shay@uq.edu.au

Co-design in Indigenous education is a new approach in policy and practice settings. Many of the ideas that policy makers and practitioners connect to the term co-design include working collaboratively with Indigenous peoples and communities, ensuring Indigenous peoples have a say in matters that affect them and that whatever is the subject of co-design would be localised where possible. Conceptualisations of co-design vary, however. Indigenous people and communities may have different understandings and perceptions of what co-design is or could be than the predominantly non-indigenous policy makers or policy enacters that are in positions of power to drive the co-design process. We are seeking an Indigenous PhD candidate to explore these ideas, particularly in ensuring the voices of Indigenous people are central in this exploration.

The aim of the study that this scholarship is attached to is to provide an evidence base and framework for the new co-design approach being implemented across State and Commonwealth Indigenous policy domains. This project investigates co-design within the context of Indigenous education policy within QLD to create a large data set on how co-design is conceptualised and enacted. As the concept of co-design is new in Indigenous policy development, this project is expected to generate new knowledges that will directly benefit Indigenous people, schools, policy makers, and governments. The project addresses the critical social justice issue of Indigenous education inequalities through investigating best practices in education policy development and enactment.

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • studying full-time and onshore in Australia
  • nominated by an enrolling school or institute at UQ
  • assessed by the Graduate School as meeting all conditions for admission to the higher degree by research program.

The base stipend for this project will be at the higher rate equal to the ATSIRS scholarship of $38,597 per annum.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and policy would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of education and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of Indigenous research paradigms is highly desirable.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2022. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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