Creativity & Innovation Projects

    Our goal is to contribute to more sustainable communities in the tropics through creative, innovative and culturally appropriate approaches to social resilience, planning, management and design.

    Creativity

    ARC Discovery - Future Fellowships (FT110100587)

    Digital relations: New media in Arnhem Land

    Indicative funding: $432,356

    Digital media provide powerful new ways for remote indigenous Australians to participate in a globalising world. Research partnerships between clan groups, community-based Aboriginal organisations, and international institutes will reveal how Yolngu are creatively re-articulating contemporary social concerns and identities via new media forms.

    Chief Investigator: Jennifer Deger [Theme Leader]

    Collaborating Institution: The Cairns Institute


    Australian Research Council - Discovery - Future Fellowships (FT110100587)

    Digital relations: New media in Arnhem Land

    Indicative funding: $267,451 over 2 years

    This project develops scholarship of contemporary indigenous culture with a complex, interdisciplinary investigation of the ways in which new media are employed in remote indigenous communities. The sophistication with which Yolngu use technology to creatively participate in new global circuits of identity and meaning will be explored in this multi-sited, participatory study. Using digital technologies to collaboratively forge new forms of scholarship and critical reflection, this research will generate international research partnerships and community-based collaborations, leading to high profile scholarly outputs that reveal how these emergent forms and practices refigure the ambitions of a contemporary indigenous society.

    Investigator: Jennifer Deger [Theme Leader]


    Tree-Kangaroo and Mammal Group Inc

    Wildlife in Virtual Reality - a New Way to Educate and Engage

    Indicative funding:
     $8,000

    This project will harness rapidly evolving technologies to create an exciting new product for raising community awareness of conservation issues. Specifically, the project will use the latest computer wizardry to allow people (locals, visitors, students) to have the unique experience of getting up close and personal with a Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo through virtual reality.

    Chief Investigators: Ickjai Lee [Cairns Institute Fellow], College of Business, Law & Governance [Fellow]

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