Cross-cultural management of freshwater on resource-constrained islands

Grant sector: Australian Research Council Linkage Grant

Project members: The Flinders University, Charles Darwin University, The University of Auckland, Power and Water corporation, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

Project duration: 2016 – 2018

Project description: This International ARC Linkage project aims to develop methods for community-led adaptive water management on the resource constrained island of Milingimbi. Prof Michael Christie, and Hayashi Yasunori of Charles Darwin University are leading the community engagement and Indigenous knowledge aspects of the collaboration.  This is the first project of its kind to involve Indigenous communities in the development of predictive groundwater models and incorporate Indigenous governance capacity and its values in the management of water resources. This project is applying three-dimensional participatory mapping as a boundary object for the Indigenous community and the universities and corporations to appreciate the respective knowledge practices about water and water management.  This continues ongoing work at the Northern Institute and the School for Indigenous Knowledges and Public Policy developing methods for Indigenous communities and universities working together through quite different knowledge practices.

Project exhibits:

  • Gapu Napurruŋ video – HERE
  • Gapu Napurruŋ translation – HERE
  • Spencer, M., Dányi, E., & Hayashi, Y. (2019). Asymmetries and Climate Futures: Working with Waters in an Indigenous Australian Settlement. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 44(5), 786-813. 
  • Hayashi, Y. (2020). Everyone and everything is a boundary object – an empirical account from a modest human boundary object. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Issue: Collaborative knowledge work in northern Australia], 26, 58-63.
  • Noordujin, S., Banks, E., Post, V., Werner, A., & Batelaan, O. (2019). Quantitative evaluation of the freshwater resources on Milingimbi Island- Groundwater Modelling Report. National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Flinders University