Helen Verran

1993 …2019

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Helen Verran is an ethnographer.  The question that animates much of her teaching, research, and scholarly writing is ‘How can ethnographic approaches to research contribute in an era when numerics, algorithms, and big data increasingly dominate decision making?’ In the absence of ethnographic approaches, first person experience becomes irrelevant in the knowledge work that informs policy and governance. Too much of what it means to be human becomes lost and missing.

Helen has worked in the Northern Territory on and off since 1987.  Most of her work has been with Indigenous organisations particularly focussed in Arnhem Land. She has investigated use of digital technologies, environmental management, and provision of education in remote Indigenous settlements.

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Research Output

Generative Ruptures and Moments of Confluence

Verran, H., 2019, In : Confluence: online journal of world philosophies. 4, 3, p. 55-60 6 p.

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  • After numbers? Innovations in science and technology studies' analytics of numbers and numbering

    Lippert, I. & Verran, H., 15 Dec 2018, In : Science and Technology Studies. 31, 4, p. 2-12 11 p.

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    Decomposing numbers

    Verran, H., 1 Mar 2018, In : HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. 8, 1-2, p. 23-26 4 p.

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  • Thesis

    An ethnography of growing old in Darwin

    Author: Stuart, S. E., Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Verran, H. (Supervisor), Gibb, H. (Supervisor) & Spencer, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Masters by Research - CDU