Conducting Research with Indigenous People and Communities


There have been recent attempts to improve research practice involving Indigenous people in Australia and internationally by providing funding for Indigenous-specific research institutes, dedicated funding for Indigenous academics and research networks, and ethical guidelines. Indigenous researchers argue that the focus should be on working with Indigenous people who hold the knowledge and expertise of their circumstances past and present, and on positive change. This brief provides an overview of innovative and exemplary research approaches and practice undertaken with and by Indigenous communities that is relevant to crime and justice research. The brief covers research practice and context, ethical frameworks and review processes, practical constraints and challenges, and promising practice. Where appropriate, examples are drawn from other countries, most notably New Zealand and Canada.

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