Dr. Jelina Haines

University of South Australia

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University of South Australia


Jelina Haines is a Filipino-born -Australian. Jelina Haines received her PhD in Computer Science and Technology at the School of UniSA - STEM, University of South Australia and was an invited scholar at the University of Arizona.  Jelina has 21 years of live-in experience working alongside the Indigenous Elders community as a project lead manager, cultural curator/liaison, art instructor/product development and visual art designer to preserve specified cultural heritage and traditional knowledge. 

Jelina's research expertise is in qualitative community-based participatory research and video ethnography of human information behaviour, user experience and design needs, knowledge creation, translation, synthesis and ethical dissemination of cultural stories and communal practices. Haines's doctoral study redefined traditional learning by merging art and technology. She uses video dialogue interviews and data visualization of living culture, tradition, and history, integrating Storytellers' voices, experiences and practices shared in their unique social and cultural contexts.

She has published in top journals and conferences in her field, including JASIST, ASIST&T, IR, and JALIA and delivered 18 keynote and invited talks at conferences/workshops in Australia and overseas universities. Her community projects have attracted more than AU$366,000.00 in government and industry project funding.  Jelina has served as a Reviewer in ASIS&T, IFLA, The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI), and the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. Her teaching experience predominantly focused on informal mentoring of primary and high school and master’s students from marginalized communities. Jelina was the brainchild and mentor of the SIG-DL HINDAS Project and content editor of the SG-DL Newsletter. Currently serving as ASIS&T Membership Committee, SIG Steering Committee Member, SIG-IEP Chair and was formerly the SIG-DL Chair and SIG-VIS Co-chair. 

In the academic field, Jelina has accumulated many awards;
2024: Top  Downloaded Article Award, A Framework for Codesigning and Developing Participatory Storymaps with Aboriginal Communities, in Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology between 1st January 2022-31st December 2022, Wiley
2023: Nominated for the prestigious South Australian Science Excellence and Innovation – PhD Research Excellence Award
2022: Michael Miller Medal Award- High Commendation (STEM Academic Unit) in recognition of the most exceptional PhD thesis, University of South Australia
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

In the Arts Field, Jelina received 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, the National Gallery Australia, the South Australian Museum and the 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.

Access link to her thesis
Haines, J. (2021) Researching the knowledge journey practices of Indigenous Elders relevant to the younger generation: a community-based participatory study [Thesis] University of South Australia. Website:


  • archives
  • cultural heritage materials
  • cultural informatics
  • digital libraries
  • digital literacy
  • e-learning
  • ethics (information and computing)
  • human-computer interaction
  • ICT4D
  • information architecture
  • information visualiztion
  • knowledge management
  • libraries
  • online communities
  • open access
  • policy
  • qualitative research methodds
  • scholarly communication
  • sustainability
  • Indigenous Knowledge Management, Indigenous Literacy, Indigenous Ethics and Policy, Community based participatory research, video ethnography

Job History

Catalyst 2030 Australasia Chapter
Policy Advocacy Lead
Australia, Australia
November 2023 - present

SunRay Wearable Art/SunRay Literacy Charity
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 Multiplex
Project Manager. Cultural Weaver/Advisor
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) -Going Out Places with Ernie Dingo TV Series
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

Uniting Communties, Adelaide
Nanggi yailparar lakun -U City Arts Project
U City 43 Franklin Street Adelaide SA 5000, SA, Australia
January 2019 - April 2019

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