Justice, Rights & Empowered Communities

The Centre for Policy Futures specialises in research that is designed for meaningful impact, particularly for communities who experience disenfranchisement or marginalisation. With a focus on human rights, equity, justice and thriving communities, our work in this field seeks to partner (instead of “work collaboratively”) with communities in a way that supports their agency and self-determination, and which privileges the lived experiences and expertise of people from those communities.

Research that enables communities to thrive is our goal. A key aspect of our approach is to co-construct knowledge with communities, highlighting the strengths of those communities. We aim to undertake research that is solutions-oriented, to understand what works and what could work; not just research that explains the problem in ever finer detail.
 
We have current projects aimed at addressing educational inequalities for Indigenous young people. Examples include:

  • the creation of professional development video series for practitioners in addressing the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in Indigenous education;
  • a podcast series featuring Aboriginal young people from remote and very remote communities on transitioning into post school options and resources designed by Indigenous young people aimed at enhancing school and health workers' capacities to address wellbeing and identity.

Similarly, recognising that government policy and program approaches aimed at improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are shifting towards a model of co-design, the Centre is also undertaking research that uses Indigenous methods in partnership with Indigenous peoples that models co-construction of research design to enhance outcomes for Indigenous research partners. In addition to our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, scholars at the Centre for Policy Futures are also providing much-needed research on the impacts of new and emerging technologies for diverse populations on a micro to macro scale. In particular, we are investigating how to assure the digital human rights of diverse populations in both the criminal justice system and healthcare services in Australia and internationally.

Dr Marnee Shay
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Policy Futures, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Claire Brolan
Research Fellow, Centre for Policy Futures, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Amellia Radke
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Policy Futures, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences