Iona is a local Indigenous women born in Alice Springs and belonging to the Eastern, Western Arrernte and Waramungu clans. In her most recent role with Ninti One Limited/ Corporate Research Centre as Student Coordinator and Research Officer, Iona supported and helped the educational journey of Postgraduate and Undergraduate students through the Ninti One Limited Scholarship Programs.
Iona also helped and supported the Ninti One Limited project Interplay between health, education and wellbeing project as a Research and Administration officer. Supporting Principle Research Leader Dr. Sheree Cairney and Colleagues. Her previous positions have been Administration Officer, Executive Assistant, Research Officer and various other Administration positions.
Co-Presenters: Matt Balogh
Come and experience the story of research beyond the frontiers of experience – in remote communities without broadcast TV or mobile phones, where even electricity can’t be taken for granted, and English is a second language. It is not the lack of technology or creature comforts that make up the biggest differences in conducting market and social research in remote communities – it is the difference in the sense of time, perspectives and concepts – it’s the difference in cultural norms.
Hear and listen to the story of research in outback Australia told from two perspectives, one being the technical aspects and findings of the research, and the other the observations, experience and learnings that came about from this fascinating research project – from the challenge of simply getting to the survey locations, dealing with the heat, humidity and sun – through to the modifications that need to be made for a world where basic concepts such as family, possessions, time and history, are vastly different from the Western European concepts that dominate life in urban and regional Australia.
Attendees at this presentation will have the opportunity to be both professionally enlightened and personally engaged in the amazing world of remote communities in Australia.