Diverse research teams: a framework for research review

Skye Akbar, Luke Greenacre, Rebecca Defina, Lorraine Garay

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Indigenous groups voices have often been missing from the marketing research collegiate. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of the land now known as Australia, for example, are among the most researched peoples in the world (Martin & Mirraboopa, 2003), yet are underrepresented among research practitioners. The present underrepresentation among practitioners is only slowly, and occasionally haphazardly, being addressed by the growing number of more junior Indigenous researchers entering the field. Until greater representation among senior researchers is achieved, research teams are likely to include a mixture of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers. Such teams must therefore address a unique combination of power imbalance and minority inclusion in how they work. This need for inclusion can become more challenging for research teams when the research topic addresses issues impacting Indigenous peoples. And while numerous ethical and research guidelines exist for how researchers work with participants who are members of a minority group and are likely to have less power, there are few frameworks addressing how such challenges should be managed for the researchers within a research team. In this paper, we use an action research method to critically reflect on how to manage research teams that include more junior Indigenous researchers whose voices are vital to the research project. Reflexive and proactive processes were developed to ensure a culture of reflection both regarding interactions within the research team and in the project. To structure and share these reflections, the team developed and enunciated a fit-for-purpose framework. This framework was informed by the work of Narungga Professor Rigney (1999) that lists foundational Indigenist research methods. The framework also draws on the layers of reflexivity proposed by Nicholls (2009) and insider/outsider group theory previously advocated for (Ameka, 2018).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-166
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Market Research
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


  • Aboriginal
  • diverse
  • Indigenous
  • methodology
  • research team

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