Dr. Jelina Haines

University of South Australia

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University of South Australia


Jelina Haines is a Filipino born -Australian with an ethnic connection to Indigenous Americas-Mexico. Jelina gained her PhD in Information Science (IS) at UniSA-STEM, University of South Australia. Her thesis focuses on understanding the Ngarrindjeri Knowledge Journey’ (NKJ) practices observed during the cyclical process of Elder’s knowledge being created, synthesized, translated, and the ethical dissemination of cultural stories and communal activities within a social and cultural context. Having grown up both in the traditional way of life and the Western knowledge system, Jelina combined this knowledge and skills, excelling in academics and the arts field. She has spent more than 20 years working with the Ngarrindjeri Indigenous community in South Australia and later co-founded the Ngarrindjeri Eco Arts Coop (NEAC), implementing many art programs and exhibitions to generate revenue to the local artists. She is also the founder of the SunRay Literacy Charity (SLC), supporting eight school kid children from marginalized families in her home country and supporting three children through World Vision for over 18 years. Jelina is also the brainchild of the ASIS&T SIG-DL HINDAS project. She is currently enrolled in Master degree in Public Policy at the University of Canberra.

In the academic field, Jelina has accumulated many awards;
2022: ASIS&T ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award
2022: Best Information Behavior Conference Early Career Paper Award, SIG-USE (85th ASIS&T)
2022: 3rd Prize, ASIS&T 24-Hour Global Conference, Asia-Pacific Quiz portion.
2021: Finalist -Images of Research: Engaged Research, Enterprising Researcher Photography Competition, UniSA
2020: Finalist - South Australian Winnovation Award, State Award
2019: Finalist South Australian of the Year Awards – Local Hero, State Award
2019: Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award, SIG-USE (82nd ASIS&T)
2019: Best Information Behavior Innovation Award, SIG-USE (82nd ASIS&T)
2018: Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award, SIG-USE (81st ASIS&T)
2018: Digital Liaisons Best Student Poster Award, SIG-DL (81st ASIS&T)
2018: 2nd Place - Visualize Your Thesis Competition in 60 seconds, University of South Australia (UniSA)
2018: People’s Choice Best Poster, 3 Minute Thesis Research Competition, University of South Australia (UniSA)
2017: First Prize Winner-Images of Research: Engaged Research, Enterprising Researcher Photography Competition, UniSA
2017: Bronze Award-Emotive Portraits Category, National Photography Award, Australia

Jelina was the recipient of the Advantage South Australian Regional Awards in the Arts Category, honoring her outstanding contribution to the Indigenous Community and creative industries. At the international level, her collaborative woven sculpture artworks are held in the public collection at LeHarve Museum, France, National Gallery Australia, South Australian Museum and South Australian Maritime Museum. Her wearable artworks are privately collected in Australia, the UK, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, Japan, Egypt, Johannesburg, Russia, Sweden, Malta, Taiwan, China, France, Italy and the Philippines. Jelina lives in Gawler with her husband and son and collaborates with the Indigenous Elders at Camp Coorong, South Australia. Full access link to her CV:


  • archives
  • community informatics
  • cultural heritage materials
  • cultural informatics
  • digital data curation
  • digital libraries
  • education in information sciences
  • e-learning
  • ethics (information and computing)
  • history, theory and philosophy of information
  • human information behavior
  • human-computer interaction
  • ICT4D
  • information retreival
  • information seeking
  • information visualiztion
  • knowledge management
  • open access
  • policy
  • qualitative research methodds
  • social informatics
  • sustainability
  • Indigenous Knowledge Management, Indigenous Literacy, Indigenous Ethics and Policy

Job History

SunRay Literacy Charity
Benolho Albuera Leyte, Region 8 Visayas, Philippines
June 2013 - present

SunRay Wearable Art
Founder/Creator, Textile/Fibre Visual Art Designer, Freelance Cultural Weaver/Liaison/Arts Agent
Adelaide, SA, Australia
January 2007 - present

South Australian Palliative Care
Lead Investigator Researcher/Video Ethnographer
Adelaide, SA, Australia
March 2021 - December 2022

Department of Infrastructure, Guildhouse and SunRay Wearable Art
Art Agent, Project Manager. Cultural Weaver/Liaison
Adelaide, Australia
December 2021 - September 2022

South Australian Maritime Museum, Ngarrindjeri Elders, Arts SA and SunRay Wearable Art
Project Manager. Cultural Weaver and Liaison
Camp Coorong, SA, Australia
May 2021 - December 2021

Arts & Social Sciences - University of New England
Technical Program Coordinator and Cultural Weaver
Camp Coorong, Meningie, Australia
October 2020 - March 2021

NITV SBS (National Indigenous Television, Special Broadcasting Services)
Cultural Liaison
Camp Coorong, Meningie, SA, Australia
January 2021 - February 2021

3Ai Institute - Australian National University
Cultural Advisor and Technical Assistant
Camp Coorong, Meningie, SA, Australia
June 2020 - September 2020

Natural Built Environment Mawson Lakes Campus (NBE -University of South Australia)
Field Logistic and Catering
Mawson Lakes Campus, SA, Australia
January 2010 - September 2018

University of South Australia (NBE)
Program Coordinator
Mawson Lakes Campus, SA, Australia
February 2016 - December 2016

Ngarrindjeri Land & Progress Association
Project Manager & Cultural Liaison
Camp Coorong, Meningie, SA, Australia
January 2012 - December 2016

STEM Department Mawson Lakes Campus (University of South Australia)
Research Assistant (STEM)
Mawson Lakes Campus, SA, Australia
March 2014 - December 2015