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Dr Payi Linda Ford
Charles Darwin University
Dr Payi Linda Ford is Aboriginal and identifies as Rak Mak Mak Marranunggu, from Kurrindju, on the Finniss River, in the Northern Territory and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Northern Institute at CDU, with whom she has a long association. Her knowledge, expertise and research in working with Indigenous groups is clearly invaluable to the Northern Institute. Dr Ford graduated with her PhD (Education), 2006 from Deakin University.
Dr Ford understands and is familiar with Indigenous epistemological practices and its application to her research projects. These have allowed her to engage with Aboriginal people and their communities. Her knowledge and experience has informed her ways of being and knowing and she has the ability to contribute to research investigations. The Indigenist research methodologies are applied to her research projects such as the Indigenous Early Childhood Settings, Australian Research Council Indigenous Discovery ID 10775813 Grant 2007 – 2011, Warruwi Aquaculture project and Plant Biosecurity research project.
Payi has also been educated in mainstream Australian education institution. Payi’s mainstream education has involved a number of schools and universities in various Australian locations. This educational background has given Payi a substantial depth to her understanding of education across both Indigenous and non-Indigenous traditions. Payi has also reached the high point of Western education with a Ph.D.. Before joining Northern Institute Payi worked as a senior lecturer with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Unit at the University of Queensland.
As a mother, an academic, a researcher, an educator and a practitioner of Indigenous traditions, Payi Linda Ford possesses a unique and rare experience that she is willing to share with people wishing to enhance their understanding of the Indigenous cross-cultural environment.