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Perceptions, motivations and practices for Indigenous engagement in marine science in Australia


Hedge, P and van Putten, EI and Hunter, C and Fischer, M, Perceptions, motivations and practices for Indigenous engagement in marine science in Australia, Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, (JULY) Article 522. ISSN 2296-7745 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.00522


Australian science has evolved to include a number of initiatives designed to promote and guide ethical and culturally appropriate Indigenous participation and engagement. While interest and overall engagement between Indigenous people and marine scientists appears to have grown in the last decade there are also signs that some researchers may not be setting out to engage with Indigenous Australians on the right foot. This research seeks to move beyond anecdotal evidence about engagement of marine researchers with Indigenous Australians by gathering empirical information from the scientistsí perspective. Our survey of 128 respondents showed that 63% (n = 79) of respondents have engaged with Indigenous communities in some way throughout their career, however, most marine research projects have not included Indigenous engagement and when it occurs it is often shorter than 3 years in duration. Responses indicated that the majority of marine scientists see mutual benefits from engagement, do not avoid it and believe it will become more important in the future. We identify a number of challenges and opportunities for marine research institutions, marine researchers and Indigenous communities if positive aspirations for engagement are to be converted to respectful, long-term and mutually beneficial engagement.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine science, Indigenous engagement, Australia, perceptions, research motivations, research practices
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Other Indigenous studies
Research Field:Other Indigenous studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Hedge, P (Mr Paul Hedge)
UTAS Author:van Putten, EI (Dr Ingrid Van Putten)
ID Code:140553
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2020-08-27
Last Modified:2021-02-11

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