Making and doing conceptual multiplicity

Cathy Bow

Cathy Bow is a linguist with research experience in both descriptive and applied linguistics. She has described the sound system of an African language, investigated language development in children with impaired hearing, explored endangered language documentation, and researched the language and communication needs of international medical graduates. Cathy has worked as a teacher of English as an Additional Language, and as a trainer and coach for language learners. She currently works as project manager for the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages, and is currently completing her PhD in digital technologies and Aboriginal languages.

Yasunori Hayashi

Yasunori Hayashi is a coordinator of Yolŋu Studies at Charles Darwin University. His background is in community education, community development and cross-cultural and cross-linguistic communication. His research interest involves collaborative work with Yolŋu knowledge authorities in East Arnhemland in the area of Yolŋu governance and decision making process, which he believes, embedded in Yolŋu worldview and its value, including the use of Yolŋu languages.

Jennifer Macdonald

Jennifer is a Research Associate with the Northern Institute. Her work  involves working from the ‘Ground Up’ with Indigenous knowledge authorities. This involves collaborative research for policy development, engaging with Indigenous people, government and service providers. The current project is focused on remote government engagement and coordination and she is working specifically with local Indigenous researchers in Ngukurr.

Leonie Norrington

Leonie Norrington has grown up in Arnhemland in a mixed cultural environment. She has published children’s books, set in remote communities and written in a combination of English, Kriol, and other Indigenous languages. Norrington has remarked: “I am interested in where cultures and languages meet, especially how people use language and story to bridge cultural differences or make statements about their separateness.” Her work has won (or has been shortlisted) for most Australian literary awards.

Michaela Spencer 

Michaela is a research Fellow with the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University. Her current research involves working from the ‘GroundUP’ with Indigenous knowledge authorities, and differing traditions of knowledge and governance. This involves collaborative research for policy development, and engaging with government, service providers, university staff and Indigenous people in remote communities. Michaela also facilitates the Indigenous Community-based Researcher Micro-credential program/s.

Simon West

Simon’s research explores how people make sense of their relationships with the natural world, in an era of complex social and environmental change. In particular, Simon is interested in how these meanings shape perceptions of and responses to sustainability challenges, as well as how they are communicated and enacted through management, policy and governance.