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 (formerly Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences -ITMS), 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 the local artists. She is also the founder of the Philippine Literacy Backpack Project, 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.
In the academic field, Jelina has accumulated many awards;
2022: ASIS&T ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award
2022: 3rd Prize, ASIS&T 24-Hour Global Conference, Asia-Pacific Quiz portion.
2021: Finalist -Images of Research: Engaged Research, Enterprising Researcher Photography Competition, University of South Australia
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: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12hU2wwn3zZ_D7UAY-e5WHAodBIZDo7RE/view?usp=sharing