About

Dr Felecia Watkin Lui is a Torres Strait Islander woman with giz from Erub, Mabuiag and Badu.  She is an Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies in the Indigenous Education and Research Centre at JCU.  Felecia is also Thematic Convenor of Indigenous Futures for the Cairns Institute, JCU. 

She graduated with a PhD from JCU in 2010. Her doctoral research was the first intergenerational study examining cultural and political identity for Islanders living outside the Torres Strait.   Dr Watkin Lui's doctoral research on the Torres Strait Diaspora led to an interdisciplinary collaboration with colleagues in environmental science and economics and ground breaking work on the sharing of marine bush meat in Indigenous communities. Her focus on collaborative community projects piqued her interest in exploring issues of engagement, impact and benefit, and the role of Indigenous leadership in research uptake.  Dr Watkin Lui was Principal Investigator on an ARC Indigenous Discovery Project (2014-17) which focused on the development of a framework for research impact and benefit in Indigenous research contexts.

Dr Watkin Lui is currently the project leader of Meriba buay - ngalpan wakaythoemamay (We come together to share our thinking): Evaluating a Community of Practice for Torres Strait Islander Health and Well-being funded by the Lowitja Institute.  The project is an evaluation study that addresses community capability and the social determinants of health.  The aims of the project include:

  • develop a sustainable model of knowledge translation for Torres Strait Islander peoples by implementing and evaluating a multi-disciplinary Community of Practice (CoP) that focusses on the social determinants of health and well-being.

  • evaluate how a CoP model can best assist Torres Strait Islander researchers, communities and organisations to build high quality, decision-linked and relevant health research knowledge translation capability.

  • assess the effectiveness of CoP activities in raising awareness of research outputs in the community.

The leadership of the project involves Torres Strait Islander Mid and Early Career Researchers and Higher Degree Research students from a range of disciplines and organisations including JCU, UQ, Monash University, Queensland Health and CSIRO.  This core makes up the Torres Strait Islander CoP members who are also uniquely placed as the research participants.  The project furthermore establishes a network of Indigenous academics and mentors including Professors Martin Nakata; Yvonne Cadet-James and Komla Tsey.

Teaching
  • IA2022: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as Colonial Subjects (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • IA5012: Interpreting Research (Level 5; CNS)
  • IA5110: Individual Study/Project (Level 5; CNS)
  • IA5431: Justice and Indigenous Peoples (Level 5; CNS)
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Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 20+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Felecia Watkin from 2012 onwards.

Current Funding

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Australian Research Council - Discovery Indigenous

Knowledge Integration for Torres Strait Sustainability

Indicative Funding
$387,811 over 3 years
Summary
This project aims to support sustainable development in the Torres Strait through the development of practical, locally-relevant strategies for collating, generating and integrating knowledge relevant to the management of intersecting social, economic and environmental challenges. The project seeks to generate new knowledge about how Torres Strait Islander people construct the idea of sustainable development by integrating participatory and quantitative methodologies to support research evaluation and decision-making in a way that supports community aspirations. The expected outcomes include enhanced capacity of Torres Strait Islander people to effectively seek the knowledge that is most useful in their decision-making for sustainability.
Investigators
Felecia Watkin, Stewart Lockie and Natalie Stoeckl in collaboration with Sanchia Shibasaki and Cass Hunter (Indigenous Education & Research Centre, The Lowitja Institute, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Cairns Institute and Division of Tropical Environments & Societies)
Keywords
Torres Strait; Sustainability; Sustainable Development; knowledge integration; knowledge translation

Lowitja Institute-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC - Research Activity Funding

Meriba buay - ngalpan wakaythoemamy (we come together to think): Evaluating a Torres Strait Research Community of Practice

Indicative Funding
$405,692 over 2 years
Summary
The project aims to identify and describe processes involved in developing and implementing a Community or Practice (CoP) that focuses on the social determinants of health and well-being for Torres Strait Islanders; and monitor and evaluate the Knowledge Translation (KT) capacity of CoP members and KT impact in the community. The expected outcomes include (a) a repository of knowledge about TSI research projects (b) a network to support capacity building and ? knowledge translation strategy. Current knowledge about the social determinants of health for Torres Strait islanders is fragmented and researchers are often working in isolation. There is growing evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of CoPs in health care and knowledge translation through shared learning, innovative practice and collaborative research.
Investigators
Felecia Watkin, Vinnitta Mosby, Juanita Sellwood and Al Harvey in collaboration with Sean Taylor, Cass Hunter, Lynda Ah Mat, Sanchia Shibasaki, Daniel Grainger and Margaret Harvey (Indigenous Education & Research Centre, College of Arts, Society & Education, Queensland Health, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, The University of Queensland, SenseMakers 4 Smarter Care and Monash University)
Keywords
Torres Strait; Social Determinants; Community of Practice; ToresStrait Islander health

Office for Learning and Teaching - Innovation and Development Grant

Addressing the gap between policy and implementation: Strategies for improving educational outcomes of Indigenous students

Indicative Funding
$41,118 over 2 years (administered by Central Queensland University)
Summary
This proposed project is a partnership between five universities representing regionally focused and metropolitan based universities with a regional outreach; Central Queensland University (CQU), Charles Darwin University (CDU) with Batchelor Institute, James Cook University (JCU), The University of Newcastle (UoN) and the University of South Australia (UniSA). The project focuses on the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) priority; ?improving access to and outcomes in higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?.
Investigators
Denise Wood, Bronwyn Fredericks, Steve Larkin, Lester-Irabinna Rigney, Maree Gruppetta, Josephine May and Felecia Watkin (Central Queensland University, Charles Darwin University, University of South Australia, The University of Newcastle and Indigenous Education & Research Centre)
Keywords
Aboriginal; Education; Retention; Torres Strait Islander; University

Australian Research Council - Discovery Indigenous

Developing a framework for measuring Indigenous research benefit

Indicative Funding
$612,845 over 3 years
Summary
The proposed project will bring together researchers and Indigenous community members to develop a collaborative framework for measuring research benefit. It will address two main 'Closing the Gap' priority areas, Indigenous health and education, by questioning what constitutes research benefit from an Indigenous perspective, and how can the benefits of research be measured to ensure sustainable outcomes for Indigenous communities. The innovation of this project lies in its methodology which will unpack the benefit construct from an Indigenous worldview to enable future research projects to be designed with outcomes in mind that are acceptable and valued by Indigenous beneficiaries and be informed by Indigenous knowledge.
Investigators
Felecia Watkin, Roxanne Bainbridge, Yvonne Cadet-James, Komla Tsey and Janya McCalman (Indigenous Education & Research Centre, Central Queensland University, College of Arts and Society & Education)
Keywords
Aboroginal & Torres Strait Islander; benefit; research impact
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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.

Current
  • Best practice and cultural appropriateness: Governance of the Torres Strait fisheries into the future. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Indigenous and First Nations Women in Indigenous Leadership: a Comparative Study (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Dreaming Story Way: A practice-based exploration of the creative Voice as a mode of healing grounded in Wik and Wikway ontology (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Textile Collaborations in remote Indigenous Communities in Northern Australia (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Looking to the Future (Paypa Nagemik) - Economic Development in the Torres Strait as Self-determination (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
Completed
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  • 1 collaboration
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