[TimorLesteStudies] Workshop at UTS: Strategies for research for trade, industry and social justice in Asia, Australasia and the Pacific

Bu V.E. Wilson bu.wilson at anu.edu.au
Tue May 12 10:22:21 EST 2009

The Transforming Cultures Research Centre and the Indian Ocean and South 
Asia Research Network are pleased to invite you to a Research and 
Communities Workshop

Sponsored by the ARC Asia Pacific Futures Research Network

Strategies for research for trade, industry and social justice in Asia, 
Australasia and the Pacific

DATE: Thursday, May 14
VENUE: UTS Blackfriars Campus, Blackfriars Street, Bldg. CC05, 
Chippendale map
TIME: 10 am - 4 pm
COST: Free event

Please RSVP: Transforming Cultures

This workshop will bring together academic and independent 
community-engaged researchers working in the Asia-Pacific region. They 
will discuss their views of effective strategies for strengthening 
research into the impact of globalised trade and industry on local and 
Indigenous peoples in the Asia-Pacific region.
Extensions of globalised trade in key industries like mining, tourism 
(including 'nature' eco-tourism). timber, fishing and agriculture have 
brought both damage and opportunity to local and Indigenous peoples. 
Each of these trade and industry chains penetrated into areas where 
local and Indigenous populations have been seeking to sustain more 
localised industries but at the same time to engage profitably in and 
with the new global industries. The current global financial crisis is 
likely to impact in both negative and positive terms on local and 
Indigenous communities.
In each case, whether of the expansion or the contraction of globalised 
industry and trade, the interests of local and Indigenous communities 
are often forgotten in the attention given to transnational cooperations 
along with national and international peak organisational decisions. An 
important driver of innovations in local and community engagement with 
industry and trade has been research which can draw on international 
scholarly best practice but which is responsive to local interests 
through locally-based organisations and local NGOs. Much of this work 
has been carried out by researchers working within or closely with 
locally-based NGOs or those NGOs with close engagements with local 

This project will invite speakers from key groups involved in research - 
those in NGOs, in government agencies and in universities, to reflect on 
three questions:

    * How do you or does your organisation undertake research in 
engagement with communities?
    * How is useful research best conducted in a community setting?
    * What conditions and approaches work most effectively to build 
collaborations between researchers and communities?

PROGRAMME (Please also see the TfC website):

   1. Doing Community Research
10.00: Opening by Lesley Farrell, Associate Dean Research & Development
10.05: Heather Goodall: Workshop aims
10.20: Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, ANU: NGO Research on community mining in India
10.50: Amalia Fawcett, PLAN Australia & Australian Council for 
Independent Development: Developing NGO Research strategies
11.25: Kyungja Jung, UTS: Women, research and activism in Korea and 
12.00: Tim Anderson: Research in PNG and East Timor

Discussant: Ken Davis, APHEDA: Vietnam, research and activism

12.30: Lunch provided
   2. Development, Conservation and Indigenous Communities
2.00: Kanchi Kohli, Kalpavriksh: A research agenda on environment and 
2.30: Felicity Wade, Wilderness Society: Community and collaborations in 
2.50: Caroline Ford, DECC: Community Agency research strategies
3.10: Vanessa Cavanagh, DECC: Indigenous Perspectives on conservation 
3.30: Lisa Anderson, UTS Shopfront: Community academic partnerships

Michael Adams, University of Wollongong
Heidi Norman, UTS: Community - academic research collborations

Kanchi Kohli from Kalpavriksh Environmental Action Group, Delhi, is 
currently the visiting Researcher in Residence at the Transforming 
Cultures Research Centre at UTS in April and May 2009.
As researcher and activist with Kalpavriksh for a decade, Kanchi has 
monitored the conflicts around forest conservation and the rights of 
Indigenous and local populations. She is the author of a study on the 
implementation of India's biodiversity act and writes widely for the 
Indian press. http://www.kalpavriksh.org/f5/f5.1/pub06bdkk

Further inquiries: Heather Goodall

The Research and communities workshop is kindly funded by the APFRN.

See you there!

Cornelia Betzler
Administration and Communications Officer I Transforming Cultures 
Research Centre
Project Officer I Indian Ocean & South Asia Research Network
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Technology, Sydney | PO Box 123, Broadway, NSW 2007 | 
Ph.: +61 2 9514 2768

Professor Louise Edwards, FAHA, FASSA
Director UTS China Research Centre
Convenor ARC Asia Pacific Futures Research Network

CQ. 01.02.05
University of Technology Sydney
PO Box 123, Broadway
NSW 2007

tel: 61-2-9514-7489
fax: 61-2-9514-1578
email: louise.edwards at uts.edu.au
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