NIRAKN’s Research Program is facilitated and delivered by the NIRAKN National Hub and five State Hubs. NIRAKNs research program extends our pathway of research capacity building and has been constituted by two components: external grants and internal grants. These capacity building grants have provided new and emerging researchers the opportunity to apply their skills in a supportive environment and our early, mid and senior researchers require cross discipline/ institution collaborative opportunities. To this end the National Hub leader and State Hub leaders will convene research roundtables/hub meetings for Network Participants and Partner Investigators to develop and enable new collaborative research project applications for NHMRC, ARC Discovery Indigenous and Discovery Linkage, AHURI and OLT grants. External grant applications are the preserve and responsibility of Hub Leaders and network member applicants.

Please note that for 2018 NIRAKN will only be providing new seed funding for larger scale cross-institutional and interdiscplinary research projects amongst its participants.

The National Hub

The National Hub, through the Director, has overall responsibility for the administration, coordination and delivery of NIRAKN’s Research Capacity Building Program as well as undertaking research and other research related activities. The National Hub is responsible for NIRAKN’s administrative, operational and governance requirements. The Director has responsibility for the academic leadership and academic cohesion of NIRAKN’s programs and reporting requirements.

Working with the State Hub leaders, the National Hub leader organises NIRAKN’s National Capacity Building workshops, Annual Symposium and Seminar Series, the visiting international and national scholars program, a national critical reading group, Indigenous qualitative methodologies masterclasses and other national and international network collaborations. The National Hub is responsible for the maintenance of the NIRAKN website, weekly news and a biannual newsletter. The Hub coordinates and facilitates network meetings including providing secretariat services to the Management Committee.

The National Hub is led by the NIRAKN Director, Professor Peter Anderson and is based at the Indigenous Research and Engagement Unit at QUT. The IREU provides administrative support to NIRAKN. IREU staff include: Academic, Dr Levon Blue; Business Coordinator, Adam Robinson; NIRAKN Convenor, Melanie Saward; Indigenous Postgraduate Programs Officer, Ashley Fox; IREU Admin Officer Communications & Events, Brodie Johnston and Admin Assistant, Georgina Baumann.


Contact the National Hub


The State Hubs

The key role of the State Hubs is developing and conducting research, delivering research capacity building workshops as well as providing professional advice and support to NIRAKN members.

National Hub Leader

Queensland – Professor Peter Anderson

State Hub Leaders

New South Wales – Dr Leanne Holt

Victoria, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory – Professor Mark McMillan

Northern Territory, South Australia – Professor Barry Judd

Western Australia – Professor Jill Milroy