Upcoming Workshops & Events

IERC’s Indigenous Research Support Network: Interface Masterclass Series 2023

The contemporary situation of Indigenous people today is much more complex than we imagine, and where Western approaches to these situations have been ineffective.

The purpose of the Interface Masterclass Series is to provide guidance on frameworks that can enable innovative and impactful research with Indigenous people and topics. The Masterclass series is not intended to replace your arrangements with your supervisor or the generalist workshops provided by the GRS.

This guidance includes how to frame projects with Indigenous topics, how to generate data in these contexts, and analytical approaches appropriate to these situations. Our objective is to support HDR students and researchers new to Indigenous topics, and to socialise approaches that may be more suitable to contemporary Indigenous situations.

Coordinator: Professor Martin Nakata, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Education & Strategy, James Cook University


  • Module 1 - Saturday, 23 March 2023
  • Module 2 - Saturday, 24 June 2023
  • Module 3 - Saturday, 16 September 2023

Time:Please arrive at 8:45am for a 9:00am start. 9:00am – 12:00pm AEST.

Location:Indigenous Education and Research Centre, Building 301 Room 007, Bebegu Yumba campus, Townsville. Zoom link details will be provided for those who cannot attend in person.

To register for this series, please complete this survey: https://forms.gle/WsL2JjZANQBdWJvK6

Participants will learn:

Module 1

  • Why an interface project may be useful for Indigenous people today
  • Foundational theories, including the cultural interface and Indigenous standpoint theory
  • How these theories are applied in research projects in a range of contexts

Module 2

  • How to frame an interface project
  • How to write interface research questions
  • How to generate data to answer interface research questions

Module 3

  • How to analyse data using interface theories
  • How to first structure your defense of the proposition in your data chapter(s) and how then to utilise your data to support this defense.

Participants will gain a better understanding of contemporary Indigenous positions, and how to approach these from a researcher’s perspective, and develop the capabilities to confidently apply this knowledge to their Indigenous research projects.

Download the Schedule, or if you require additional information, please contact us: [email protected]

2023 Workshops

A practical workshop to guide you through ethics and grant application processes.

A practical workshop to guide you through ethics and grant application processes.

Practical workshop working through a framework for co-design research.

Balancing benefit to community and scientific rigour in Indigenous research projects.

Traditional Owners of the Lake Eyre Basin are working hard to protect Country and culture from the threats posed by inappropriate gas developments. Join us in Townsville to celebrate the rich and living connections between First Nations cultural heritage and nature conservation - and why both are so important. Join us to learn what makes the Channel Country so special to its Traditional Owners and the local community, and why we need to protect the great free-flowing rivers that sustain this living landscape.

After last year’s historic discovery of centuries-old rainforest swords, a stunning wet season, and the publication of groundbreaking research into the impacts of gas developments, we’ve got a lot to share!

Visit the  Western Rivers Alliance site to register and find out more

For further information about any of the workshops or events listed above, or to register for events please email [email protected]