Ms. 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 completed her PhD in Information Science (IS) at the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences (ITMS), University of South Australia.  Her thesis focuses on understanding the Ngarrindjeri Knowledge Journey’ (IKJ) practices observed during the cyclical process of Elder’s knowledge being created, synthesised, 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.

Jelina holds degrees in Master in Business Information Management, Master of Management in Arts and Culture, Graduate Certificate in Education, Graduate Certificate in Archival and Knowledge Preservation and Bachelor in Fine Arts. 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 marginalised families in her home country and supporting three children through World Vision for over 18 years.

In the academic field, Jelina had accumulated many awards, namely Finalist 2020 South Australian’ Winnovation Award’, 2019 Finalist SA Australian of the Year Awards – Local Hero, 2019 Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award (82nd ASIS&T), 2019 Best Information Behavior Innovation Award (82nd ASIS&T), 2018 Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award (81st ASIS&T), ‘Winner Student Digital Poster Competition’ (81st ASIS&T), ‘2nd Place - UniSA Visualise Your Thesis 2018 Competition in 60 seconds’, ‘People’s Choice Best Poster 2018’, ‘First Prize Winner - 2017 Images of Research: Engaged Research, Enterprising Researcher Photography Competition and ‘Bronze Award- 2017 Emotive Portraits Category’.

Jelina was the recipient of the Advantage South Australian Regional Awards in the Arts Category, honouring 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 Australia 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.

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  • archives
  • cultural informatics
  • digital data curation
  • digital libraries
  • digital literacy
  • education in information sciences
  • ethics (information and computing)
  • health informatics
  • history, theory and philosophy of information
  • human information behavior
  • human-computer interaction
  • ICT4D
  • information architecture
  • information design
  • information literacy
  • information retreival
  • information seeking
  • information visualiztion
  • knowledge management
  • online communities
  • personal informatics
  • policy
  • qualitative research methodds
  • social media
  • sustainability
  • visual / augmented reality
  • Indigenous Knowledge Management, Indigenous Literacy, Indigenous Ethics and Policy

Job History

Philippines Literacy Backpack Project
Benolho Albuera Leyte, Region 8 Visayas, Philippines
June 2013 - present

Ngarrindjeri Eco Art Coop (NEAC)
Co-founder, Project Arts Manager, Arts Instructor & Curator
Camp Coorong, Meningie, SA, Australia
January 2009 - 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

Creative Industry Department Magill Campus (University of South Australia)
Tutor-Cultural Weaver
Magill Campus, SA, Australia
June 2018 - July 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

Ngarrindjeri Land & Progress Association
Cultural Art Curator & Liaison
Camp Coorong, Meningie, SA, Australia
February 2009 - November 2012

Ngarrindjeri Land & Progress Association
Program Coordinator
Camp Coorong, Meningie, SA, Australia
March 2006 - December 2009