Dr Hardy is a senior lecturer in the Indigenous Education and Research Centre.  She is also a Research Fellow at The Cairns Institute and a member of the Tropical Archaeology Research Lab at JCU.

Dianna's research focuses on the use co-design of technology to support people in communities to solve problems. Through these projects she has demonstrated expertise in co-design, participatory design methods and user experience design with industry and applied research partners. She uses cultural interface theory to inform her research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to leverage her IT and co-design skills to assist community members in developing projects that improve social and emotional wellbeing.

Dianna is also an expert in leveraging Machine Learning for the social sciences. She is on the steering committee and co-facilitator of the North Queensland AI Indigenous Datathon held each year with Indigenous community members, AI specialists, and researchers working together to use AI and drone imagery for Caring for Country initiatives. Dianna is also a  frequently requested speaker on design thinking, co-design and action research methods.  

Her current research areas include:

  • Using co-design methods to develop social and technical solutions for diverse communities
  • Data sharing and use of sovereign data for Indigenous people
  • Using ML/DL to automate analysis of social science and humanities data

Dr Hardy is highly engaged in the tech startup community and works closely with DevNQ and with Smart Precinct NQ.

Dianna is currently looking for research students (MPhil and PhD) who are interested in the following topics:

  • Co-design of technology with community groups
  • Use of ML/DL for socio-technical solutions
  • Technology development for historical and cultural sustainability
  • IA2022: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as Colonial Subjects (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • IA2023: Indigenous Continuity: Agency, Adaptation and Resistance (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • IA3024: Indigenous Narratives in the Contemporary Era (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • IA3030: Navigating the Cultural Interface (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • IA5022: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as Colonial Subjects (Level 5; TSV)
  • IA5029: Comparative Indigenous Studies (Level 5; TSV)
Research Disciplines
  • 2020 - Australian Award for University Teaching - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2019 - College of Science & Engineering - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2014 - School of Business, Law, Governance and Information Technology - Sessional Staff Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 26+ research outputs authored by Dr Dianna Hardy from 2006 onwards.

Current Funding

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Australian Council of Deans of ICT (ACDICT) Learning & Teaching Academy (ALTA) - Learning & Teaching Grant Scheme

Sustainably enhancing social presence while balancing teacher and student wellbeing

Indicative Funding
$11,591 over 1 year
As Australia moves to a post-Covid normal, online blended learning approaches in tertiary education have become more prevalent. Studies have shown that developing social presence for students and staff can lead to increased wellbeing. However, the steps to ensuring social presence are not well understood or studied in the Information Systems discipline. This project will investigate both student and staff perspectives in supporting wellbeing through social presence and highlight best practices at two Australian universities (JCU and QUT) and in the wider community. Outputs will be best practice guidelines and academic papers highlighting these learnings.
Dianna Hardy, Jason Holdsworth, Art (Hemmaphan) Suwanwiwat, Trina Myers, Jason Watson, Sharon Altena and Wasana Bandara (Indigenous Education & Research Centre, College of Science & Engineering and Queensland University of Technology)
Social Presence; Student Wellbeing; Educator Wellbeing; Online Teaching; scalability; Blended Learning

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • No bodies are still somebodies: A detailed exploratory study into characteristics of long-term missing persons within Australia applying NLP methods. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Calf Clan Culture: Rock art of the Khorat Plateau (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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