Ms Vanessa Napaltjari Davis

ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Culture, Language And History 4501
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Research Methods 450115
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Education 4502
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Education 450202
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Language Education 450206
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Health And Wellbeing 4504
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Cultural Determinants Of Health 450404
  • Other Built Environment And Design 3399
  • Climate Change Impacts And Adaptation 4101
  • Climate Change Impacts And Adaptation Not Elsewhere Classified 410199

Biography

Vanessa has more than two decades experience in social research work, evaluation and data input and analysis. Vanessa has the linguistic and cultural knowledge to conduct respectful, community identified and community partnered research, which she has done successfully across diverse research topics spanning language acquisition, wellbeing, housing and energy, throughout her career as Senior Aboriginal Researcher at the Tangentyere Research Hub in Mparntwe/ Alice Springs in Central Australia.

Vanessa observes "being an Aboriginal researcher is a great opportunity.  It gives us the opportunity to be involved with research, to be heard, to voice our concerns and to give voice to people from communities in order to be able to act on our collective concerns and to fight for what we believe is the truth. With our strong cultural backgrounds (and as Aboriginal researchers) we have earned the trust, respect and authorization from our people to gather information and to use it for purposes that will benefit Aboriginal people for better living conditions, health, education and employment".

 

Return to top

Updated:  27 January 2023 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers