Susan Locke has worked in the remote Indigenous media sector for over 10 years. She is currently Research and Projects Officer with the Indigenous Remote Communications Association. In this role Susan project manages key projects including the audience survey of remote Indigenous community members in partnership with McNair Ingenuity Research. Susan was General Manager of PAW Media and Communications at Yuendumu in the NT from 2008 to 2012. Prior to her Indigenous media sector roles, Susan worked in adult education and rural community development roles in NSW.
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.