Ms Susan Beetson

Research Officer

School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
s.beetson@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53476

Overview

Susan is a research academic within the Human Centred Computing group in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE). She has a B.InfoTech, Data Comms and Info Systems (Honours) awarded 1st Class. Her thesis, in the final stages, complete her PhD degree in Information Systems Theory at QUT. Her PhD research explores the dyadic phenomenon of nodes in culturally different networks, with implications in the design of information systems. Her research centres on Aboriginal peoples' design methods in human computer interaction; specifically within cultural learning contexts, including languages.

Susan brings Indigenist research and reciprocal collaboration to decolonised design methods that inform social networking theories in the domain of information systems theory and which, extend Eurocentric design of virtual spaces. As Ngemba Wiradjuri and grown up on Country her lived experience of social, institutional and political dimensions that impact Aboriginal peoples lives in Australia enables Susan to critically analyse and reflect on all aspects, reflexively throughout her research. Susan is also a guest Academic Editor for Information Systems Journal (ISJ).

Current research collaborations with Aboriginal peoples:

  • explores technology as a networking tool for community members on Country and in the diaspora to continue ancestral knowledges and develop contemporary knowledge consolidation in the protection, rehabilitation and restoration of cultural artefacts. This includes languages, environment and ecological communities, centred on Knowledge sovereignty for Aboriginal communities in Australia.
  • consider AS-IS language documentation process, critically analyse friction points, model a TO-BE workflow implementing cultural integrity and cultural validation triggers.

Research Interests

  • Human Computer Interaction
    How we, as humans, interact with technologies and collaborate within co-design environments that embrace the diversity of our distinct every day lived realities.
  • Cultural and Immersive language learning along side Social Robots
    I am interested in the ways in which First peoples' knowledge systems, specifically the cultural and immersive context of learning language, inform social robots. This includes the multi-modalities of communication.
  • Mobile Technologies and Cultural capital
    The pervasive and ubiquitous nature of mobile technologies has changed the way we do data and provides opportunities to think about Cultural capital and repatriation of knowledges.
  • Extending our understandings of community through Cloud platforms
    New and exiting commmunity initiatives enhanced through kinship ties, whether colocated or relocated.

Research Impacts

Susan's research directly extends current technology design and development by centering Aboriginal peoples voices and perspectives in the design and development process. Her research has practical, tangible and relevant benefits as determined by the peoples and communities she works with. At the core of Susan's research is reciprocity, which facilitates true technology transfer and ensures two way symmetric exchange of expertise and knowledges shared.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours), Qld. UT

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