The focus of Byamee Institute’s work is the economic development and quality of life of Australia’s First People. In order for it to have a meaningful impact, we must challenge and present alternatives to the dominant colonist worldview as embodied in research, knowledge, science, evidence, policy and practice.
In the coming months we will be gathering work and content from innovative thinkers and researchers in this field, and presenting information in ways grounded in Aboriginal science, knowledge and worldview.
We will utilise this framework for categorising the various ways research can be undertaken in the Aboriginal space.
We will focus our attention on expanding Aboriginal science, while advocating for all research involving Aboriginal people to take place in the top two categories.
Along with Australia, we will also showcase culturally strong work being done by indigenous peoples and researchers globally.
This framework was developed by Byamee Institute Research Advisor Dr Valerie Ringland through her work studying and unpacking research involving indigenous peoples from around the world.
Byamee Institute Founder and CEO Simon Jovanovic’s ground breaking research thesis Problematisation of New South Wales government Aboriginal employment policy
Byamee Institute Founder and CEO Simon Jovanovic discussing failed Aboriginal employment policies on NITV’s “The Point”:
Byamee Institute Founder and CEO Simon Jovanovic co-hosting The 2014 ‘Mana Allawah’ (Darug for ‘get together’) Aboriginal Summit at Macquarie University – an example of culturally strong yarning circles helping to shape policy.
Published Articles by Byamee Institute Team and Collaborators
Australia’s policymakers must address the cultural and institutional barriers that exist for Indigenous Australians instead of framing them as a problem for society, Simon Jovanovic and George Denny-Smith write.
Decolonisation in social research and professional practice is a means to “redress the constructs used by academics and governments” (Sherwood 2010, p. 121). Within a decolonisation framework lies indigenous theory, the word “indigenous” is used to describe specific people whose beliefs, traditions and ways of living originate within a cultural group and place, or more broadly as a view of the world as a web of life that is inherently inter-connected and operates in cycles, writes Byamee Institute Research Advisor Dr Valerie Ringland.