Dr Jason De Santolo is a researcher & creative producer. His tribal affiliations are Garrwa and Barunggam. He is Assoc Professor of Indigenous Research in the School of Design at University of Technology Sydney and an Adjunct Assoc Prof in the Institute for Sustainable Futures. He previously worked as a Senior Researcher in Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research where he led New Media and the Indigenous Research Synergies strategy. Jason co-edited 'Decolonizing Research: Indigenous storywork as methodology' (2019) with Jo-Ann Archibald and Jenny Lee-Morgan (Zed Books). His latest documentary Warburdar Bununu/Water Shield (2019) explores water contamination in his homelands and Borroloola, Northern Territory.
Scholarships and Awards
Vice Chancellors Social Justice/Human Rights Award 2014 (Jointly Awarded)
UTS Research Excellence Scholarship 2014
Indigenous Ethics Advisory Committee, University of Technology Sydney 2015 - 2017
Indigenous Ethics Advisory Committee, Australian Catholic University 2015 - 2017
OZ Reader Australia Research Council, 2008/2009 2014/2015
Visiting Scholar, Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga, University of Auckland 2014
UTS Human Research Ethics Committee, UTS 2009 -2012
Steering Committee, Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways, 2010
Can supervise: YES
Archibald, J-A, Lee-Morgan, JBJ & Santolo, JD 2019, Decolonizing Research Indigenous Storywork As Methodology, Zed Books.
Decolonizing Research brings together indigenous researchers and activists from Canada, Australia and New Zealand to assert the unique value of indigenous storywork as a focus of research, and to develop methodologies that rectify the ...
These notes reflect on the unreserved collaborative essence of Kanymarda Yuwa/Two Laws (Cavadini and Strachlan, 1981). Its re-release draws us once again back to the core of the story’s existence – ‘the people of Borroloola’. It fundamentally re-asserts some of the messages of Borroloola Elders and community and highlights the continuing impacts of a more sophisticated colonial agenda. © 2008 Intellect Ltd.
De Santolo, JJ & YPINAZAR, J 2008, 'Just push play: Where research meets video, online', The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, vol. 37S, pp. 73-80.
The term "research" means different things to different people. In terms of outcomes, it is often associated with purely academic formats - the journal article, the chapter, the lecture. However, things are rapidly changing, especially in the way knowledges are generated and shared. So, what happens when we grab some Indigenous legal and policy analysis and mix it up with Web 2.0 design/development expertise? What we get is an exciting pilot project that aims to enhance research dissemination through digital video and online interfaces. This paper shares insights into the collaborative process of creating a pilot research portal.
Davey, L, Day, A, De Santolo, JJ, Howells, K, Nakata, NM & Wanganeen, R 2006, 'Effective anger intervention for Indigenous prisoners: Research & development in a South Australian study', Aboriginal & Islander Health Worker Journal, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 4-5.
The Aboriginal & Islander Health Worker Journal is the only national publication written by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers. The Journal is distributed nationally and internationally and has been in circulation since 1977. It is published six times a year and has broad range of readership. Each issue covers a range of topics including primary health care, community profiles, health promotion, best practice models and workforce issues. Necessary reading for health workers, service providers, program funders and anyone working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service provision.
Day, A, Davey, L, Wanganeen, R, Howells, K, De Santolo, JJ & Nakata, NM 2006, 'The meaning of anger for Australian indigenous offenders - The significance of context', International Journal Of Offender Therapy And Comparative Criminology, vol. 50, no. 5, pp. 520-539.View/Download from: Publisher's site
The problem of overrepresentation of Indigenous offenders in Australian prisons highlights the need for effective tertiary intervention programs within correctional settings as a way of reducing Indigenous reincarceration. This study seeks to explore mea
Masculindians, Conversations on Indigenous Manhood has travelled with me over the last few months—I guess together we would have flown, driven and walked over 25,000km. Travelling across the continent, here in Australia, often leaves you with lots of thinking space, and it was perplexing to reflect on our angles on manhood here, as Aboriginal men. As in other parts of the world, the continuing violence of invasion (stolen lands, murders, forced relocations, stolen generations, etc.) impacts on our way of life and those localised nuances of what it is to be a man.
De Santolo, J 2019, 'A reflection on compassion' in Özbilgin, M, Bartels-Ellis, F & Gibbs, P (eds), Global Diversity Management A Fusion of Ideas, Stories and Practice, Springer, Switzerland, pp. 173-174.
This book explores how global organisations and institutions manage Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) across their operations and within different cultural and value settings.
De Santolo, J 2019, 'The emergence of Yarnbar Jarngkurr from Indigenous homelands: a creative Indigenous methodology' in Archibald, J-A & Lee-Morgan, J (eds), Decolonizing Research Indigenous Storywork As Methodology, Zed Books, London, pp. 239-259.
This paper reflects upon a creative doctoral journey into the transformative power of ancient song renewal. Driven by Indigenous video practices, the creative doctorate sparked renewal of the ancient Ngaba.ya utalaba (Spirit Being public songline) and mapped the reemergence of the Danbanzoara (good warriors fighting for the land). These ancient song traditions are bound within the eternal guardianship role held by Garrwa over our homelands through original laws and practices.r Sourced in :dte Yigan (the dreaming creation), passed down through ancestors, Elders, family, clan - these vibrant cultural powers are intergenerational. They guide the enactment of our original laws and practices, they ground us as we mobilize. These songs transcend the dominion of the colonial project, but are still threatened by the
ideologies and extractive systems that underpin it.
De Santolo, J 2018, 'Shielding Indigenous Worlds from Extraction and the Transformative Potential of Decolonizing Collaborative Research' in Transdisciplinary Theory, Practice and Education: The Art of Collaborative Research and Collective Learning, Springer, Germany, pp. 203-219.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Elder Nancy McDinny evoked this Garrwa proverb in the lead-up to the October 2014 protests against fracking and the proposed zinc mine at McArthur in the Gulf of Carpentaria in Borroloola. As a direct challenge to mining extraction, the proverb asserts a profound guardianship role, laid down by creation heroes and enacted by our ancestor’s intent on maintaining healthy conditions and peaceful lives in Garrwa country. Garrwa territory lies in the South West Gulf of the Northern Territory, a region with ancient interwoven storytelling traditions. The Garrwa world resonates with stories and songs for sustaining life and our relational ways of being. These protests occurred in the first year of my PHD study. This study looks towards understanding the renewal of ancient song traditions through Indigenous video. The study reveals how our ancient song traditions contain dynamic world-making doctrines and cultural powers that are sourced from creation journeys, yet extend across social, cultural and political spheres. It is here that we reveal the synergies between ancient guardianship roles and the alliances that are emerging within movements in support of Indigenous self-determination and sustainability. This chapter focuses on understanding Yarnbar Jarngkurr, ‘talk story’, as an emergent creative Indigenous methodology & shielding strategy within the family protests of October 2014. Yarnbar Jarngkurr is an expression of the family way of being, of Garrwa self determination and an emergent decolonizing framework for meaningful research collaboration. This paper explores two foundational alignments within this framework: relational being and enactment of intent. Carefully framed Indigenous research collaborations hold transformative potential to revitalize our languages and contribute to sustainable movements in contemporary life. A conscious transdisciplinary shift would forge deeper understandings of relational being as a collective positioning and continue manifestin...
Day, A, Davey, L, Wanganeen, R, Howells, K, De Santolo, JJ & Nakata, NM 2008, 'The Significance of Context: Stories from South Australia' in Day, A, Nakata, M & Howells, K (eds), Anger and Indigenous Men, The Federation Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 88-102.
De Santolo, JJ 2008, '...the fluid line...' in Butt, D, Bywater, J & Paul, N (eds), Place: Local Knowledge and New Media Practice, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle on Tyne, England, pp. 103-120.
De Santolo, JJ 2008, 'Exploring Issues of Wellbeing for Indigenous Men' in Day, A, Nakata, M & Howells, K (eds), Anger and Indigenous Men, The Federation Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 47-55.
De Santolo, JJ 2008, 'New Media Innovation: A Developing Tool For Research Into Indigenous Men's Experiences And Expressions Of Anger' in Day, A, Nakata, M & Howells, K (eds), Anger and Indigenous Men, The Federation Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 141-150.
Nakata, NM, Day, A, Howells, K, Wanganeen, R, McCausland, R, De Santolo, JJ, Nakata, VS & Havini, T 2008, 'Beneath the Surface of Anger: Understanding the Context of Indigenous Men's Anger' in Day, A, Nakata, M & Howells, K (eds), Anger and Indigenous Men, The Federation Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 103-131.
De Santolo, JJ 2014, 'Conceptualising research and consultation within a creative doctorate', International Indigenous Development Research Conference Proceedings, International Indigenous Development Research Conference, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Australia, pp. 16-23.
This paper shares insights into formulating a Doctorate of Creative Arts study within an emergent Indigenous communication paradigm. I assert that long-term consultation processes are a necessary precursor to accurately framing context for communication of Indigenous knowledge within an academic construct. By embedding sustainable communication practices within the consultation process I believe we manifest a more meaningful conceptualisation of research meaning. This resonates with our youth and a new generation of activism and scholarship. It speaks to the importance of seeking to harmonise knowledge pathways with localised lores, protocols and big- picture principles for research media.
De Santolo, J 2019, 'Warburdar Bununu', Sydney Film Festival, Brown Cabs, Dendy Opera Quay.
The impacts of mining flow through the landscape and deep into a community. Devastated by irrefutable evidence of water contamination, a young leader finds hope in country and culture.
Feature Length Documentary Film which follows the parents of three murdered Aboriginal children and their long fight for justice. Aunty Muriel, Aunty Rebecca and Uncle Thomas share their tragic story of loss, which happened in the small NSW town of Bowraville within a five-month period in the early 90’s. There has only ever been one suspect - a white man known to sell drugs and alcohol to Aboriginal people and who was last seen with the missing children.
Director: Larissa Behrendt
Writers: Larissa Behrendt
Producer: Jason De Santolo
Co-Producers: Craig Longman; Fabio Cavadini
Director of Photography: Fabio Cavadini
De Santolo, JJ 2005, 'Our Rights - A Foundation for the Future', Jumbunna, Indigenous House of Learning, Broadway, NSW.
Produced by the research team as a way of disseminating views, research & project outcomes. Presented & distributed at the meeting with the Board of Studies for Aboriginal Education.
Indigenous Australians have influenced modern Australian dress since first contact. From possum skin cloaks and booka kangaroo capes to shell necklaces in Tasmania, Europeans have been fascinated with Indigenous materials, skills and aesthetics. They have stolen, purchased, borrowed and worn them for more than 200 years.
Longman, CD, Watson, N, Nicholson, A, Vivian, A, Priest, T, De Santolo, J, Gibson, P, Behrendt, L & Cox, E 2012, 'Listening But Not Hearing: A Response to the NTER Stronger Futures Consultations June to August 2011.'.
A report compiled between researchers at Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning evaluating the Stronger Futures consultation process against Australia’s obligations under international law to consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in relation to decisions that affect them.
The Report includes a 'Report Card' providing an overview of the efficacy of the consultation process.