Dr Dianna Hardy is a Senior Lecturer in the Indigenous Education and Research Centre at James Cook University. Dianna holds a PhD in Information Technology and Indigenous Studies along with a master’s degree in Social Science which strongly inform her expertise in the development and use of Information Technology to support user experience  in cross-cultural settings, with emphasis on Aboriginal health and wellbeing. Her research is focused on co-design methods with varied participants from cross-disciplinary silos in Indigenous Studies, education, health, anthropology/archaeology, and biological science utilising Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality, multi-platform delivery and user-centred design.

Currently Dianna is highly engaged in research which seeks to use co-design methods such as Participatory Action Research and Design Thinking to enable community groups to solve complex problems and empower individuals to expand their ability to make a difference in the world.

Dianna is an  expert in Design Thinking and leads the development and delivery of the annual JCU Technology Design sprint which is the largest education-based Design Thinking sprint in Australia. Last year over 55 organisations (including Optus, HP, Technology One, IBM, Glencore and others) along with over around 400 students from Information Technology and Engineering at JCU engaged in innovative problem solving and protyping activities to solve complex, real-world issues.


  • IA1011: Indigenous Australians (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • IA1012: Indigenous People of North Queensland (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • IA5013: Indigenous Australians (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
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  • 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

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 22+ research outputs authored by Dr Dianna Hardy from 2006 onwards.


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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.

  • Enhancing adult learner engagement to online learning activities in higher education (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Calf Clan Culture: Rock art of the Khorat Plateau (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Indigenous Student Perceptions and Assumprions about Digital Technology Curriculum and Opportunities (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Designing physical interface for application of augmented reality in toddler toys (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Using online and mobile gamification to orient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to Library services and resources. (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Identifying characterstics of long term missing person (LTMP) within Australia (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Co-Designing with adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A participatory action research approach (2020, PhD , Primary Advisor)

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