Systemic Entrapment and First Nations People in Australia

Webinar presented on 22nd October 2020

Presented by Dr Marlene Longbottom

Ngarruwan Ngadju First Peoples Health and Wellbeing Research Centre
University of Wollongong


Recording of presentation:

Systemic Entrapment a research project that Dr Longbottom is currently leading. This work seeks to better understand the factors associated with health inequity, within First Nations People and communities. This work moves beyond the problematising of Indigeneity and focuses the lens on the social and health issues that continue to contain and condemn First Nations People in carceral systems. Unpacking racial profiling, as well as intersectional factors such as race, gender, class and disability, while also including how poverty is and can be criminalised, systemic entrapment is interdisciplinary while also understanding the overrepresentation of First Nations People in the carceral institutions.

Dr Marlene Longbottom is a Yuin woman, from Roseby Park mission (Jerrinja) and is the inaugural Aboriginal Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Ngarruwan Ngadju First Peoples Health & Wellbeing Research Centre, based within the Australian Health Services Research Institute at the University of Wollongong. Her research experience spans over a decade where she has co-designed, implemented community-based research and evaluation projects. Dr Longbottom has extensive working experience in the health and human services sector with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in urban, regional and remote communities, in additional to conducting research that is of benefit and priority driven by the community. Dr Longbottom’s approach to research is emancipative, it unapologetically centers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through a social justice lens, that is informed by critical Indigenous Feminism, Indigenous Research Methodologies, critical theory, Critical Race Theory, Black Feminism and Intersectionality. Dr Longbottom’s focus is to ensure those often considered to be on the margins are centered. Their voices and stories are heard and told through the research she conducts.

Dr Longbottom’s work is known internationally where her Postdoctoral research is currently is a cross national study between Australia and United States, that is seeking to understand the service system responses to violence and trauma experienced by Aboriginal Australians in NSW and Native Hawaiians in Hawai’i, United States. Dr Longbottom returned from the United States in March 2020, where she was the International Visiting Scholar based within the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, Hawai’i.

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