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Biography

Mandy is a Yindjibarndi woman who descends from the Lockyer family in the Pilbara region. Mandy is a Senior Research Services officer at Curtin University. Previously as a Research Ethicist and Executive Officer to the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee Mandy specialised in ethical considerations for high risk human research and non-traditional research outputs. Mandy's research focus is institutional barriers to reserachers following on from her Honours project. As an Aboriginal Doctor of Philosophy student Mandy's research interest is in the decolonisation of research policy and the impacts of social policy to marginalised populations.

Mandy is a graduate of the Yorga Djenna Bidi Program through the Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute and has graduated from the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University with a Bachelor of Applied Science Indigenous Australian Research (Honours) degree.

Mandy has 20 years of experience in the employment and education sector.

in 2016 Mandy was awarded the best submission in the stream of impacts at the Australasian Ethics Network Conference and in 2019 has presented her research findings at the Social Impact Festival and the Australasian Research Management Society Conference.

Mandy is passionate about the eliminiation of cultural deficit discourse and drives this through co-facilitation of an Emerging Leadership Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth for the Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute.

Education/Academic qualification

Aboriginal Leadership for women, Yorga Djenna Bidi Program, Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute (WAALI)

Feb 2019Jun 2019

Indigenous Australian Research, Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours), Curtin University of Technology

Feb 2016Nov 2016

Certificate 4 Business, West Coast Institute of Training

External positions

Co-Facilitator Emerging Leaders Program, Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute

Jun 2019 → …

Research Ethics Committee Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies

2019 → …

Human Research Ethics Committe Member, University of Western Australia

2019 → …

Senior Research Services Officer, Curtin University of Technology

2012 → …

Schools Animal Ethics Committee Member (Category D), WA Department of Education & Training

11 Feb 2011 → …

Keywords

  • Social and Welfare Issues
  • Education
  • Government
  • Finance and Business
  • Decolonisation
  • Aboriginal research, methodologies, process, yarning, meaning making
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Cultural deficit discourse
  • Policy evaluation
  • Qualitative research, narrative, action research
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Research ethics and integrity
  • Research ethics
  • Indigenous Australia
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Indigenous research
  • Indigenous evaluation, assesment and training
  • Indigenous human rights
  • Indigenous students
  • Leadership
  • Leadership development
  • Leadership development for women
  • Indigenous research methods
  • Discourse analysis
  • Socio-semiotics
  • Policy development
  • Human Rights
  • Human rights, particularly economic and social rights
  • Racism
  • Reconciliation
  • Diversity

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Research Output 2016 2019

  • 4 Conference presentation/ephemera
  • 1 Other contribution

An insight into the decolonisation of research ethics

Downing, M. & Dzidic, P. L., Nov 2019, p. 40. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera

Research Ethics

Decolonising the unethical in research ethics: the unconscious conformity to cultural deficit discourse

Downing, M., 17 Jul 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera

Research Ethics

Institutional barriers that Aboriginal researchers face when conducting human research and why it needs to change (2019)

Downing, M., Nov 2019, p. 47. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera

Research Personnel
Research

Institutional barriers that Aboriginal researchers face when conducting human research and why it needs to change

Downing, M., 2016, p. 48. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera