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Ian McGinn BA(Hons)

Ian McGinn

What are you currently researching?

I am currently undertaking a PhD entitled ‘Outcomes of Commonwealth Aboriginal Policy in the Northern Territory: 1911-1939’.  I am researching what the outcomes of Commonwealth Aboriginal policy were for Aboriginal Territorians between 1911 and 1939. Specifically focusing on the areas of non-Indigenous and Indigenous relations, Aboriginal child welfare and Aboriginal employment.

My Phd supervisors are Dr Andrew Gunstone and Prof Jenny Hocking.

Where has your research taken you?

In a literal sense my research has taken me to the Northern Territory.  Because I am focusing on the Northern Territory, I have had to make use of the Northern Territory Archives Service situated in Darwin.  I am also set to present my research at a conference in Alice Springs in September 2010. This has meant I have had the opportunity to travel whilst researching, visiting some great places and also meeting some new and interesting people.

What facet of Monash University contributes most to your research?

Both of the School of Applied Media & Social Sciences (SAMSS) and the Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies (CAIS) at Gippsland contribute most to my research.  Luckily I was able to acquire a scholarship through SAMSS which has provided me with financial assistance whilst researching.  In relation to the people side of the research, CAIS has also contributed, as my supervisor is from there, as well as other lecturers and researchers who have contributed to my overall University experience at both an under-graduate and post-graduate level.

What have you enjoyed the most about undertaking research in your subject area?

Being able to travel as part of the research experience has been wonderful.  Darwin is a totally different atmosphere and place to what I have become accustomed to in both Gippsland and Melbourne.  Whilst the travel aspect has been great, I have also enjoyed meeting new and interesting people at CAIS in both Gippsland and Clayton (I spend quite a large amount of time at CAIS Clayton as I am currently residing in Melbourne).  Whilst research is important, doing at a PhD also gives you the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.

I have also enjoyed being the student representative for the School’s Graduate Research Studies Committee. This has allowed me to raise student concerns with academic and administrative staff, as well be part of a group working towards the improvement of student’s experiences and outcomes as Higher Degree by Research students. 

What has been the greatest challenge?

Isolation can be a major issue whilst doing a PhD and this has been true for me. 
Whilst I like a quiet area to study as most of us do, the whole experience of a PhD is solitary.  It has been important for me not to isolate myself anymore than necessary.  This is where CAIS has been important at both Gippsland and Clayton, as engaging with people who are in similar situations makes the experience easier.  

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