About

Professor Hurriyet Babacan has a distinguished career over the last 25 years with a proven track record of achievement in senior leadership and strategic management roles. She has a distinguished record in scholarship in research, teaching and learning and community and professional service. She has held senior roles in higher education, public administration, and research and training such as Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic and Research), Dean, Head of School and Director of research Institutes. She was the Foundation Director of the Cairns Institute (2009-2012) and Director of the Institute for Community, Engagement and Policy Alternatives at Victoria University. In the public sector she has held roles such as Victorian Manager, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Executive Director Community Outcomes Branch in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Commissioner with the inaugural Multicultural Commission and CEO of Tablelands Regional Council.

Professor Babacan brings extensive track record of leading multidisciplinary research in Australia and the Asia Pacific. Hurriyet has published widely in national and international publications relating to economic and social development including two publications for UNESCO. She has delivered keynote presentations at numerous national and international conferences. She has been Convenor or Steering Committee member of numerous high level conferences including the United Nations- Queensland Government Conference on Engaging Communities. Professor Babacan has been an expert member on numerous departmental and international working parties including the Council of Europe/OECD working party on wellbeing and Ministerial or Premier’s advisory committees relating to women, immigration and settlement, child protection, economic development, employment and education, multiculturalism, equal opportunity and regional development. Professor Babacan is a reviewer for the Australian Research Council. She is also editorial board member or reviewer for numerous international journals.

Professor Babacan has been recognised for her work through a number of awards including the Order of Australia 2014 (AM) for outstanding contribution, as academic and author, and for furthering multicultural community, education and social policy development; Bi-Centenary Medal awarded by the Prime Minister, 2002 and the Multicultural Services Award by the Premier of Queensland. Hurriyet was the Queensland State Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Award in the for Community and Public Service category in 2003. Professor Babacan name has been listed in the Australian Women’s Archives as recognition of women leaders who have contributed to Australia

Interests
Research
  • Professor Babacan’s research is multidisciplinary and espouses the principles of ‘engaged scholarship’. Her research interests include: Social /community development and wellbeing Regional economic development Culture and diversity Governance and policy Gender
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 67+ research outputs authored by Prof Hurriyet Babacan from 2005 onwards.

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Cairns Regional Council - Contract Research

COVID-19 Rapid Social Needs Assessment

Indicative Funding
$54,418 over 2 years
Summary
Preliminary evidence suggests that the suppression management of the COVID-19 crises in the Cairns region has had significant impact on the social and emotional health of the local population. Conduct a time-critical rapid social needs assessment to provide an understanding of the short-term needs of the broader community and social service sector. This may include deeper dives into the needs of more vulnerable cohorts and issues ? seniors, people with a disability, homeless sector, domestic violence and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Investigators
Hurriyet Babacan and Allan Dale in collaboration with Jancy McHugh (Cairns Institute)
Keywords
Pandemic; Social and Community Wellbeing

Queensland Regional Natural Resource Management Groups Collective Ltd - Contract Research

NRM Structural Change Review

Indicative Funding
$44,967 over 1 year
Summary
The project aims to review recent structural changes undertaken by the Queensland Regional Natural Resource Management Groups Collective LTD. The project will involve 6 stages and include a review of the literature, engagement activities and secondary data collection. The project will create a final report of the findings.
Investigators
Hurriyet Babacan in collaboration with Jancy McHugh (Cairns Institute)
Keywords
Nrm; Structural adjustments

Torres Cape Indigenous Council Alliance Inc - Contract Research

TCICA Region Telecommunications and Digital Connectivity Strategy for the TCICA region.

Indicative Funding
$70,000 over 1 year
Summary
The strategy should identify options for the deployment of fibre, wifi, satellite and mobile technologies across the region to help boost economic growth, digital inclusion and deliver a range of social benefits including the more effective provision of local public services like health and education. It is also expected to support councils to develop their own digital strategies to achieve cost efficiencies and increase community access to council.
Investigators
Hurriyet Babacan in collaboration with Jancy McHugh, Allan Dale, Narayan Gopalkrishnan and Amber Marshall (Cairns Institute, College of Arts, Society & Education and Queensland University of Technology)
Keywords
Digital connectivity; Northern Australia

Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd - Contract Research

Governance and Leadership Capacity Building

Indicative Funding
$10,000 over 1 year
Summary
This project builds the capacity and governance of Cape York Natural Resource Management through a range of activities including training, research and development and mentoring.
Investigators
Hurriyet Babacan in collaboration with Jennifer McHugh (Cairns Institute)
Keywords
Cape York; Natural Resource Management; Capacity building

Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association (PCYC) - PCYC (funded via Safer Communities Fund)

Peer Support Research Mentoring Project (Safer Communities)

Indicative Funding
$30,000 over 1 year
Summary
Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association (PCYC) is a registered charity which has been granted funds under the Commonwealth Government?s Safer Communities fund. The aim of the funding is early intervention crime prevention programs and activities for marginalised young people aged between 12 and 21 years old, and reduction in anti-social incidents for the same cohort. The program is being delivered at thirteen sites across Queensland, plus a management and coordination role based in Cairns. Twelve of the thirteen sites have a full time Safer Communities Coordinator (SCC). The Rockhampton SCC has commenced a pilot peer support mentoring (PSM) project with young people in School Term 3. A survey of young people?s knowledge of available services, and identifying effective ways to market these existing local services and activities to young people has commenced via peer action research methodology. A literature review has also been conducted. A separate agency-level social network analysis is also scheduled to be conducted in Rockhampton by March 2020. The research will be rolled out onto other sites in the following years. This project forms a partnership with Prof Babacan and Dr Gopalkrishnan to: 1. Provide expertise in the research as a `critical friend? to guide all aspects of the research 2. Support the development of the methodological frameworks for the evaluation research: review existing research data, prepare indicators and questions for research 3. Support data analysis and overview of final research reports 4. Build capacity of staff and peer researchers 5. Develop a framework for future collaboration with PCYC/JCU.
Investigators
Hurriyet Babacan and Narayan Gopalkrishnan in collaboration with Shane Pointing (Cairns Institute and Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association (PCYC))
Keywords
Safer Communities; Crime Prevention; Youth Development

CRC for Developing Northern Australia - Grant

Reframing Smart Supply Chains in Northern Australia

Indicative Funding
$90,000 over 1 year
Summary
The project involves a renewed examination of supply chains (SC) in Northern Australia (NA), with a view to develop alternative models of SC management which are effective, smart and agile. The processes of globalisation, new types of consumer demand, and next-generation digital technologies are bringing disruption with associated risks. Facilitative and smart SC will be a catalyst for greenfield and ongoing development in NA. While this project will focus on agriculture, the benefits of effective SC to areas such as aquaculture, tourism, energy, defence services, and health and human services will also be considered.
Investigators
Hurriyet Babacan, Pascal Tremblay and Jancy McHugh (Cairns Institute and Charles Darwin University)
Keywords
Economic Development; Supply Chains; Northern Australia development

Ethos of Engagement LLC - Contract Research

Gender Responsive Alternatives to Climate Change

Indicative Funding
$23,461 over 1 year
Summary
The project involves supporting Ethos of Engagement with developing the frameworks, data analysis and reporting for evaluation research on the Gender Responsive Alternatives to Climate Change. 1. Development of the methodological frameworks for the evaluation research: review existing research data, prepare indicators and questions for research, develop inception report 2. Data analysis from the already collected research data to inform the evaluation research: analyse existing research data for the inception report and assist with the data analysis of the research data to be collected by Ethos of Engagement for the two countries (Cambodia and Vanuatu) 3. Tailoring of the methodology in two countries, i.e. Cambodia and Vanuatu: site visits to each country, understanding context, adapting methodological frameworks for implementation by Ethos of Engagement 4. Support the development and overview of the draft/final research reports: review data collected by Ethos of Engagement, support data analysis and complete draft/final reports for two countries (Cambodia and Vanuatu).
Investigators
Hurriyet Babacan (Cairns Institute)
Keywords
Gender; Climate Change; Development

CRC for Developing Northern Australia - Grant

Analysis of impacts of digital inclusion for northern Australia

Indicative Funding
$2,500 over 1 year (administered by QUT)
Summary
The purpose of this project is to mobilise an emerging consortium of research, business and industry partners (including QUT, Premise, JCU, CDU, Cfat and RDANT) to investigate the impacts and relevance of digital inclusion for developing Northern Australia (NA), including identifying impediments and solutions to enterprise and social development.
Investigators
Michael Dezuanni, Kimberley Wockner, Hurriyet Babacan and Ruth Wallace in collaboration with Steven Rogers and Kate Peake (Queensland University of Technology, Premise, Cairns Institute, Charles Darwin University, The Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd and Regional Development Australia Northern Territory)
Keywords
Inclusion; digital connectivity; Northern Australia development
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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
  • A Student Agency Approach to Classroom Engagement (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Understanding small business entrepreneurship among migrant African-Australian women in North Queensland: A feminist study of lived experience and learning. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Indigenous Economic Development and Sustainable Livelihoods for Northern Australia. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Prescient Stewardships: Nascent cultural and ecological economies of the Wet Tropics (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
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