Ms Susan Beetson

Research Officer

School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 53476


Susan received the Bachelor of Information Technology, Data Communications and Information Systems (Honours) and was awarded 1st Class in 2009. Her final Thesis submission is in progress to complete her PhD degree in Information Technology at Queensland University of Technology 2018. Susan is a Wiradjuri and Ngemba woman from Brewarrina and joined The University of Queensland earlier this year with the Co-Innovation Group in the School of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology.

Susan's approach brings Indigenist research and participation to collaborative design with a focus on the development of visualisation and analysis methods for communication data, specifically on collaborations in community networks data. Susan analyses networking as a phenomenon within Aboriginal community networks inside Western designed virtual spaces. The aim is to extend understandings of community and to achieve remote community members’ enhanced collaborations between collocated and relocated community members. Further, to bring First peoples' Knowledge perspectives to inform and enhance western designed systems. Her lived experiences 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.

Additionally, Susan is collaborating with researchers in the Co‑Innovation team on two projects: the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL) and the Florence projects. The first, the CoEDL project, includes the proposal to collaborate with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to co-design and co-build culturally relevant social aspects of social language robots. The second, the Florence project, is a collaboration with Aboriginal community members to co‑consider aspects of peoples’ lives, living with and alongside dementia, and whether those aspects may be positively or negatively impacted by technology interventions. Subsequently, co-design and co-build relevant, accessible and beneficial technology solutions. A third collaborative research project is with University of Technology Sydney researchers in the co-design and co-build of a mobile app that facilitates users’ capture of every day cultural experiences. The app proposed to highlight peoples’ digital skills, with the capability of identifying gaps in digital skills and provide further learning opportunities.

All aspects of communications relevant to the Community's Aboriginal Australian language are central to the three projects mentioned above. This includes verbal and non-verbal communications including silencing, pauses and gestures.


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


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