Kate van Wezel
Kate is working on a Participatory Action Research project with the Waanyi and Garawa people of the south-western Gulf of Carpentaria. The aim of this project is to explore the potential for Waanyi and Garawa to achieve community goals through fire management. Their targets range from including the broader community and traditional practices in land management; to enabling natural resources-based livelihoods; to supporting their financial autonomy. A key expected outcome of the research is the identification of culturally appropriate governance arrangements surrounding fire management, and the potential role that women in particular could play within this.
This is a Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC project (http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/research/resilient-people-infrastructure-and-institutions/1669) undertaken through CDU. It enjoys the supervision of Prof Jeremy Russell-Smith at the Darwin Centre for Bushfires Research (CDU), Dr. Seán Kerins at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (ANU), and A/Prof Sue Jackson at the Australian Rivers Institute (Griffith University).