CANCELLED – Community Engagement in Digital Equity Research

This event has been cancelled.

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A forum for academics and graduate researchers at the University of Melbourne

The immense society-wide impact of new technologies is clear, although debate remains about the benefits. The Melbourne Social Equity Institute has launched a new program of research focused on the implications of a more connected, digitally-focused society. It seeks to evaluate the presumptions about knowledge, language, accessibility and consent that inform the design and implementation of new technological developments and work to develop innovative and inclusive ways to make a technologically-integrated society a fair and equitable one.

Through all of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute's research programs there is a commitment to community-led and community-engaged research. The key feature of community engaged research is a high level of community decision-making about the purpose, design, conduct and use of research. This forum will highlight some of the digitally-focused community engaged research already underway across the University and discuss shared challenges, common opportunities, good practices and relevance of interdisciplinary approaches.

The event will be hosted by Professor Jeannie Paterson (Melbourne Law School) and Associate Professor Shanton Chang, co-leaders of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute’s Digital Access and Equity Research Program.

Featured Speakers:

Professor Lisa Gibbs, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Digital platforms enabling child and youth-led health and wellbeing initiatives

Renee Fiolet, Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence
The Burndawan Project: Using co-design to inform the development of an online Indigenous family violence resource

Dr Piers Gooding, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, and Timothy Kariotis, School of Computing and Information Systems
Web-based mental health initiatives