About Us

Acting Director of Nura Gili - Dr Reuben Bolt

Dr Bolt is Acting Director at Nura Gili, and is a member of the Nura Gili Senior Management Team. He is a descendant of the Wandandian and Ngarigo peoples and is the first person of Aboriginal heritage to graduate with a PhD at the Faculty of Health Sciences (Sydney Uni). He has 14 years teaching experience in NSW Universities and currently oversees Indigenous Studies plans and programs at UNSW. Dr Bolt has worked on various research projects within Aboriginal communities and has developed a research interest in Indigenous Knowledge and Identity.

Scholarship and awards

  1. Nomination for the Sister Alison Bush Medal, USYD Alumni Award (2012)
  2. Te Pumanawa Hauora Doctoral Completion Scholarship, Massey University (2009)
  3. National Health and Medical Research Council Travel Scholarship (2006)
  4. First Prize for excellence in presentation at the FHS Colloquium, The University of Sydney  (2005)
  5. University of Sydney Post-Graduate Award (UPA) (2005)
  6. ASSA Indigenous Postgraduate Summer School Scholarship (2004)
  7. National Health and Medical Research Council Training Scholarship (2000)

Book Chapters
Clapham, K., Khavarpour, F., Bolt, R., Stevenson, M. & Su, S. (2012) Researching the safety of Indigenous children and youth: An urban Perspective in McCoy, B. F., Stewart, P., and Poroch, N. Urban Health: Strengthening our Voice, Culture and Partnerships. AIATSIS Research Publications, Canberra.

Journal articles
Nakata, M., Nakata, V., Keech, S. & Bolt, R. (2014). Rethinking Majors in Australian Indigenous Studies. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 43, pp 8-20. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jie.2014.3.

Nakata NM, Hamacher DW, Warren J, Byrne A, Pagnucco M, Harley R, Venugopal S, Thorpe K, Neville R, Bolt R (2014) Australian Academic & Research Libraries 45(2):101-110 20 Jun 2014 Publisher URL DOI

Nakata, M., Nakata, V., Keech, S. & Bolt, R. 2012. Decolonial goals and pedagogies for Indigenous Studies. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 120-140.

Presentations
Bolt , R. & Cunningham, C. (2012) Benefits of utilising the insider approach, interactionist perspectives and a multi-method qualitative analytical framework for the study of urban Aboriginal identity. Annual Meeting of the SSSI The Arts of Politics and Interpretation. Magnolia Hotel, Denver, Colorado, USA, August 16-18, 2012.

Bolt, R. (2012) The interactionist interview as a forum to devise and develop Aboriginal identity problem solving strategies. Abstract accepted at the 29th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: Cultures of Narratives/Narratives of Culture. Memorial University, St John’s Newfoundland, Canada, June 20-22, 2012.

Bolt, R. (2011) The intergenerational impact of the ‘story’ of the stolen generation. AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference. ‘Young and Old: Connecting Generations’, Canberra 19-22 September, 2011. 

Bolt, R. (2011) Benefits of multi-method qualitative analysis and the ‘insider’ approach to research in an urban Aboriginal community CRIAH 3rd Aboriginal Health Research Conference, Sydney. 5-6 May, 2011.

Bolt, R. (2005) Urban Aboriginal identity: exploration of well-being, autonomous positions, collective memory and intergenerational constructions of Aboriginality Research for a Health Future Colloquium, Sydney, Faculty of Health Sciences the University of Sydney.

Bolt, R. (2005) Self-Healing, Autonomy, Sobriety and other Issues Surrounding Indigenous Identity Construction in Australia Presentation to the Master's of social work research class., School of Social Work and Family Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada.

Bolt, R. (2004) Self-Healing, Autonomy, Sobriety and other Issues Surrounding Indigenous Identity Construction in Australia Healing Our Spirit Worldwide - Pacific Regional Summit, Cairns International Hotel, Cairns Queensland.

Clapham K, Khavarpour F, Bolt R, Stevenson M. Child injury in an urban Australian Indigenous community: The Safe Koori Kids Intervention Presentation for the Safety 2010 World Conference, London, 21-24 September 2010.

Clapham K, Khavarpour F, Bolt R, Stevenson M. Researching the safety of Indigenous children and youth: An urban perspective 2009 AIATSIS Conference: Perspectives on Urban Life – Connections and Reconnections, Canberra, 29 September-1 October 2009.

Clapham K, Khavarpour F, Bolt R. Engaging Urban Communities in Research: Lessons Learned in Developing of a School and Community Based Safety Intervention AUCEA (Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance) Conference, Whyalla, South Australia, 8 July 2009.

Clapham K, Khavarpour F, Bolt R, Stevenson M. Developing an Aboriginal community based safety intervention in an urban setting Second CRIAH Aboriginal Health Research Conference, Sydney, 29-30 April, 2008.

Proceedings
Clapham K, Khavarpour F, Bolt R, Stevenson M. Child injury in an urban Australian Indigenous community: The Safe Koori Kids Intervention. Proceedings of the Safety 2010 World Conference, London, 21-24 September 2010. Injury Prevention, Volume 16, Supplement No 1, P.A138.

Clapham K, Khavarpour F, Bolt, R, Stevenson M. Researching the safety of Indigenous children and youth: an urban perspective. Proceedings of 2009 AIATSIS Conference - AIATSIS Health Volume.

Thesis
Bolt, R. (2009) Urban Aboriginal Identity Construction in Australia: an Aboriginal perspective utilising multi-method qualitative analysis PhD Thesis, Univ. of Sydney, Australia.

Bolt, R. (2001) It's just how you've been brought up!: an Aboriginal perspective on the relationship between the law, racism and mental health in N.S.W. Honours Thesis, Univ. of Sydney, Australia.

Audio visual
Bolt, R. (2003) Bellefields The Univ. of Technology, Sydney, Australia: 33 mins. Submitted in fulfilment of the degree of Master of Media, Arts and Production.

Training Package
Balandin, S., L. Togher, Grant, S., Bolt, R & Kessler, T. (2005) Ageing and Communication in Indigenous health The Univ. of Sydney, Lidcombe.