The Indigenous Knowledge Institute aims to advance research and education in Indigenous knowledge systems.
Launched by Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell at the Garma Festival in August 2019, the Indigenous Knowledge Institute is one of five current Melbourne Interdisciplinary Research Institutes. These institutes aim to promote research linkages and collaboration across the University and to play a lead role in articulating University research to external audiences.
The Indigenous Knowledge Institute will build on the research and education activities already underway at the University, to become a global leader in Indigenous knowledge research and education. The Institute will also build on the work of the Indigenous Hallmark Research Initiative which ceased operation in 2019.
Maree Clarke's Ancestral Memory glass eel trap
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News and media
The Indigenous Knowledge Institute in partnership with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute is offering up to two fellowships for Indigenous applicants working at community organisations and looking to undertake a small research project with academic training and mentorship from the University of Melbourne.News
Professor Marcia Langton AO, Associate Provost, and Aurora Milroy, Institute Manager at the Indigenous Knowledge Institute appeared on ABC TV's The Drum in June to discuss cultural heritage protections and repatriation.News
Learn more about undertaking Indigenous knowledge research via the Library's 23 Research Things.News
Last week Péta Phelan, Alumni Development Manager at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health sat down with the Indigenous Knowledge Institute’s Manager, Aurora Milroy.News
As University of Melbourne students and staff continue to work from home all over the country, and in fact the world, acknowledging the traditional owners upon whose land we live, work and play is more important than ever. But how do we acknowledge Country in the digital realm?News
Vice-Chancellor Professor Duncan Maskell, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) Professor Shaun Ewen and Associate Dean (Indigenous) Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Professor Sandra Eades reflect on their experiences at the University.News
A group of researchers from the University of Melbourne recently took the opportunity to call for greater investment in Indigenous land management and cultural burning practices.News
After moving from the US to study in Australia, astrophysicist Associate Professor Duane Hamacher now works to increase Indigenous representation in the astronomical and space sciences.News
A university’s core role is knowledge creation, but Australian universities are still missing out on genuine two-way learning with local Indigenous knowledge.News
The University of Melbourne has announced that it will invest at least $6 million to launch an Indigenous Knowledge Institute for world-leading Aboriginal knowledge, research and education.News
What is Indigenous knowledge?
Indigenous knowledge, sometimes called traditional or local knowledge, refers to the understandings and practices developed by Indigenous peoples through thousands of years of experience. Indigenous knowledge systems are characteristically holistic, relational, and rooted in a strong and continuing connection with the land, sky and waters. Knowledge is often passed down orally, and can be collectively owned. It can include or be embodied in language, song, story, ritual, lore, and customary practices.
The knowledge of Indigenous peoples does not represent a static body of traditional information, and the capacity to incorporate new tools and skills has always been fundamental to the dynamism of Indigenous cultures.
Indigenous Research and Education at the University
The University of Melbourne has a strong foundation in education and research that elevate Indigenous knowledge systems within the academy. The Indigenous Knowledge Institute will build on this foundation to foster partnerships and develop our Indigenous research profile across the University and beyond.
Learn more about some of the University’s Indigenous research initiatives and flagship Indigenous programs:
- Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity
- Cultural Commons
- Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership
- Indigenous Data Network
- Indigenous Epidemiology and Health Unit
- Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration
- Indigenous Studies Unit
- Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Network
- MURRA Indigenous Business Program
- Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Wellbeing
- Poche Leadership Fellows Program
- Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research
- Research Unit for Indigenous Arts and Cultures (RUIAC)
- Research Unit in Indigenous Language (RUIL)
- Reconciliation at the University of Melbourne
The Indigenous Knowledge Institute is committed to collaboration with Indigenous knowledge holders that are guided by core principles to ensure ethical, respectful and responsible relationships are developed and honoured.
The Institute’s Charter for Research with Indigenous Knowledge Holders gives expression to these principles and their application.
The institute is also guided by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies' Guidelines for Research in Australian Indigenous Studies.