Community-Led Research: Walking New Pathways Together (Aboriginal focus)


 Sydney University, Edited by Victoria Rawlings, James Flexner and Lynette Riley, 2021

The concept of Community-Led Research has taken off in recent years in a variety of fields, from archaeology and anthropology to social work and everything in between. Drawing on case studies from Australia and the Pacific, this open access e-book considers what it means to participate in Community-Led Research, for both communities and researchers.

How can researchers and communities work together well, and how can research be reimagined using the knowledge of First Nations peoples and other communities to ensure it remains relevant, sustainable, socially just and inclusive?


About the authors:

Victoria Rawlings is a lecturer in the University of Sydney School of Education and Social Work. Her research focuses on the ways that schools and other institutions produce messages around gender and sexuality, and how these cultures impact the experiences of the people within these institutions.

James Flexner is senior lecturer in historical archaeology and heritage at the University of Sydney. His interests include historical archaeology, landscape archaeology, the Oceanic region, and how to build a better world for human beings to live in.

Lynette Riley is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman. She is Program Director of Indigenous Studies and Aboriginal Education at the University of Sydney. Her interests focus on improving education for Aboriginal people, cultural education for non-Aboriginal people, and appropriate research practices with Aboriginal people.


Introduction: walking many paths towards a community-led paradigm

1 – Community-Led Research through an Aboriginal lens

2 – Way more than a town hall meeting: connecting with what people care about in community-led disaster planning

3 – It’s right, wrong, easy and difficult: learning how to be thoughtful and inclusive of community in research

4 – The killer boomerang and other lessons learnt on the journey to undertaking Community-Led Research

5 – What is a researcher? Definitions, bureaucracy and ironies in the Australian contextacadhigh

6 – Who steers the canoe? Community-led field archaeology in Vanuatu

7  –Researcher or student? Knowing when not to know in Community-Led Indigenous research

8 – Trepidation, trust and time: working with Aboriginal communities

9 – Pushing back on ‘risk’: co-designing research on self-harm and suicide with queer young people

This is an Open Access book licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence.

By J Pope

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