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QUT C4J HDR Winter School

QUT Centre for Justice ran its annual HDR Winter School from 13-15 July 2022.

Each day of the program featured two methodology sessions, a professional development session and a creative session that encouraged our HDR’s to present their research in different ways.

This year we ran methodology sessions on:

Social Media Research Methods, presented by Professor Jean Burgess and Dan Angus from DMRC

Working with indigenous partners and communities, presented by Grace O’Brien and Sid Doyle

Co-design Research Methods, presented by Janice Rieger 

Vicarious Trauma for Researchers – A panel presentation by Jodi Death, Kelly Richards and Freya McLachlan (pictured)

Managing the Research Process, presented by Kelsey Adams (pictured)

Participatory Action Research Methods, presented by Kathryn Seymour from Griffith University

We ran a Professional Development Session on “Relationships, Partnership and mapping research impact”, presented by Sue Sweet from QUT Industry and Engagement

And our creative session on Board Game Design was run by Drs Jane Turner and Manuela Taboada, and Jack Morgan from QUT Design Lab.  This workshop explored how worldbuilding and mechanics in analogue games work together to create experiences. Participants produced their own games, based on their own research, for meaningful research dissemination.

This workshop was supported by a session from Dr Keiran Hardy from Griffith University who demonstrated the use of games in engaging communities and industry in their research into the challenges of designing resilient cities. This presentation was a practical demonstration of Wednesday’s workshop.







QUT C4J HDR Winter School was a great opportunity for our HDR students to come together to meet, share their research and learn new methodologies and approaches to their work from experts in each field.

Here’s some of the great feedback from the day:

“Sometimes, HDRs can get caught in the bubble of our own research/methodologies, but these seminars widened my perspective, brought these excellent approaches to my attention, and made me think about how they could be useful for my current and future work”

“All the presenters were very knowledgeable and engaging! The length of these presentations was perfect – short enough to engage but unpacked and explained methodologies well. I particularly liked how there was lots of time to answer questions at the end of each session, and how there was a focus on how as students, we might not think that the particular methodology might not relate or be of use to us, but it actually might inform our work!”

“These sessions  (board games) were eye-opening and encouraged me to realise that there are infinite ways to present and de research impact. The board games were a creative way to do this and something I had not considered before. I enjoyed thinking about my research through a ‘board game lens’, but also seeing a practical demonstration of other research using board games.”

“It was great to think about how my research could be communicated to others in innovative ways. Definitely useful.”

“I would highly encourage Kelsey Adams’ session to be ongoing for future Winter School events, and potentially something that is provided to other Justice HDR students who weren’t able to attend. This session in particular has transformed how I manage my time both with research and with my home life.”

QUT Centre for Justice would like to thank all of our esteemed presenters who gave of their time to present their work so engagingly.   Thank you also to our fabulous HDR students who participated so fully in the program.

We look forward to presenting the next QUT C4J HDR Summer School in 2023.

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