Dr Felecia Watkin Lui is a Torres Strait Islander woman with giz from Erub, Mabuiag and Badu.  She is a Senior Lecturer 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.   Felecia’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.  Felecia was Principal Investigator on an ARC Indigenous Discovery Project (2014-17) which focused on the development of a framework for assessing research impact and benefit in Indigenous research contexts.

Felecia 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 aim of the project is to:

  • 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 behind the project consists of 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.

  • 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 17+ research outputs authored by Dr Felecia Watkin from 2012 onwards.

Current Funding

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

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
$390,692 over 2 years
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.
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)
Torres Strait; Social Determinants; Community of Practice; ToresStrait Islander health

NHMRC - Centres of Research Excellence

CQI in Social and Emotional Wellbeing Flagship Project

Indicative Funding
$121,142 over 2 years (administered by University Centre for Rural Health North Coast)
To date CRE-IQI research has focused on the application of quality improvement in the context of clinical and other services and programs delivered mainly through primary health care centres. Extending the quality improvement knowledge base beyond the scope of health services is an objective of the CRE-IQI. The current project will develop and implement partnership models that can support quality improvement implementation across the broader social, emotional cultural and other determinants of health and wellbeing.
Komla Tsey, Leigh-Ann Onnis, Leslie Baird, Irina Kinchin, Mary Whiteside, H Klieve, Felecia Watkin and Tahalani Hunter (College of Arts, Society & Education, Central Queensland University, La Trobe University, Griffith University and Indigenous Education & Research Centre)
Indigenous Health; Family Wellbeing; Social and Emotional Wellbeing

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)
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 Indigenous Education & Research 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 (Indigenous Education & Research Centre, Central Queensland University, 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.

  • Our Environment, Our Future: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge and Western Management Regimes as means to Manage the Torres Strait and PNG Western Coastline Fisheries Resources in the light of Climate Change (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Consumer Law (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 , Advisor Mentor)

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  • 5+ collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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