Dr Jason De Santolo (Garrwa and Barunggam) is a researcher, creative producer & father committed to forging a sustainable world for future generations through transformative research strategies, storytelling & practices of renewal. Born in Larrakia homelands - Darwin, he moved to Aoteaoroa/NZ at an early age, and studied treaty & international environmental law. His unique research practice integrates video, creative practice & renewal strategies. In 2014 he received a UTS Research Excellence Scholarship and graduated in 2018 with a creative doctorate that explores the renewal of song traditions through his passion for filmmaking & collective aspirations for self determination. Jason co-edited Decolonizing Research: Indigenous storywork as methodology with Jo-Ann Archibald and Jenny Lee-Morgan which will be available from April 2019 through Zed Books. His latest documentary Warburdar Bununu/Water Shield explores water contamination in Borroloola, NT and is set to be released by Browncabs in 2019.
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
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.
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: UTS OPUS or 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
Davey, L., Day, A., De Santolo, J.J., Howells, K., Nakata, N.M. & 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.
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: UTS OPUS or 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...
De Santolo, J.J. 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.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Nakata, N.M., Day, A., Howells, K., Wanganeen, R., McCausland, R., De Santolo, J.J., Nakata, V.S. & 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.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
De Santolo, J.J. 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.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Day, A., Davey, L., Wanganeen, R., Howells, K., De Santolo, J.J. & Nakata, N.M. 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.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
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.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
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.
Feature Length Documentary Film
Feature Length Documentary Film
De Santolo, J.J. 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.
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.'.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
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.