Dr Felecia Watkin Lui is a Torres Strait Islander woman with ancestral and family links to Erub, Mabuiag and Badu in the Torres Strait.  She is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Research Training at the School of Indigenous Australian Studies at JCU.  In 2002, Felecia attained an ARC Indigenous Discovery Grant to undertake her PhD research relating to Torres Strait Islanders living outside the Torres Strait.  Dr Watkin Lui also undertook a digital history project on the first wave of Torres Strait Islanders to move to the Australian mainland and settle in Malaytown, Cairns (funded by AIATSIS).  Felecia is currently a Chief Investigator on an ALTC funded project focussed on strengthening intercultural teacher leadership capabilities in the teaching and learning of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander postgraduate coursework students.  She is also a Chief Investigator on a research project looking at the sharing of turtle and dugong meat between Torres Strait Islanders, funded by the Australian Marine Mammal Centre. 

As the Director of Research Education, Felecia has overseen the ongoing development and expansion of the coursework and research streams of SIAS’ postgraduate program.  In 2009, the SIAS Postgraduate Program received national recognition through an award in teaching excellence from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC).  In the same year, Dr Watkin Lui additionally received personal recognition for teaching excellence through the awarding of JCU’s Supervisor of the Year (Early Career Supervisor); and the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

  • 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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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 15+ research outputs authored by Dr Felecia Watkin from 2012 onwards.

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Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

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
$320,000 over 2 years (administered by Central Queensland University)
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?.
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 Aust Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Centre)
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
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.
Felecia Watkin, Roxanne Bainbridge, Yvonne Cadet-James, Komla Tsey and Janya McCalman (Aust Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Centre, College of Arts and Society & Education)
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.

  • The Effectiveness of Using a Social and Emotional Skills Intervention to Support the Wellbeing of Indigenous Students with High Mobility (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
  • Application of Prediction Markets to Project Prioritization Decisions in the Not-for-profit Sector (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
  • Women's Business; Trauma, Love, Loss and Finding Hope in Ancestral Dreaming (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
  • Indigenous Peoples and Consumer Law: The Impact of Culture History and Location. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
  • Indigenous and First Nations Women in Indigenous Leadership: a Comparative Study (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Dreaming Story Way: An Exploration and Utilization of the Creative Voice Grounded in Wik Spirituality Throughout the Counselling Process (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Meke Tok Stret One Time Community Engagement: The Torres Strait Way (Masters, Primary Advisor)
  • Textile Collaborations in remote Indigenous Communities in Northern Australia (PhD, Advsor Mentor)

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  • 1 collaboration
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