New role to support Indigenous-led technology development
Associate Professor Dr Christopher Lawrence, a Noongar man from south-west Western Australia, takes up a newly-created new position to facilitate Indigenous engagement, address diversity and foster inclusiveness for Indigenous people in technology development in Australia.
In this role he will be the Faculty’s premier leader and advisor on Indigenous education, research, employment programs and activities, with responsibility for devising and coordinating relevant outreach and engagement activities.
“I am looking forward to broadening the Faculty’s Indigenous collaboration and partnerships, to driving acknowledgement and integration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and perspectives, promoting Indigenous teaching and research, and supervising higher research students,” said Dr Lawrence.
“Indigenous Australians are already avid users of an existing array of technologies, and through the Faculty we will look to further support the development and design of Indigenous-led technology solutions and resources tailored to meet the needs and empowerment of Indigenous communities.”
Joining the Faculty in 2017 with an established reputation for Indigenous research, outreach and entrepreneurship, Dr Lawrence has established the Centre for Indigenous Technology Research and Development, pursuing partnerships with industry, government, and non-government organisations.
He is currently leading a team of researchers to develop the app #thismymob, a major digital project funded by the ARC ($473k) to enhance social health and wellbeing outcomes and connectedness for Indigenous Australians.
Prior to UTS, Dr Lawrence was a Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health and a lecturer at the University of Melbourne. He has a PhD in Aboriginal health and is a recipient of an Australian-American National Indigenous Fulbright Scholarship.