Dr Patrice Braun -- Professor
Adjunct Professor, Collaborative Research Network
PhD University of Ballarat; Masters by Research, James Cook University; Graduate Certificate of Education (Tertiary Education) UB;
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Dr Patrice Braun is Adjunct Professor with the Collaborative Research Network at Federation University Australia, which has a focus on resilient regions(http://crnballarat.com). Patrice helped establish CRIC in 2001, holding the position of Deputy Director before taking on the Directorship (2011-2012). Prior to joining the FedUni (formerly known as the University of Ballarat), Patrice held positions at Swinburne University of Technology and James Cook University as Educational Development Adviser/ Instructional Designer of flexible learning solutions for community and industry learning.
Patrice's work focuses on sustainable regional development, working with public and private interests that promote the resilience and sustainability of regions. She spearheads the development of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Women & Technology, one of ten globally networked not-for-profit centres to empower and mainstream women in the knowledge economy. Her aspiration is to assist girls, women and their communities to develop to their full potential, using technology, networks and entrepreneurship to achieve economic empowerment and social change.
Patrice developed an interest in the use of ICT for Development (ICTD) doing a Masters by Research (1997) on the use of the Internet for community informatics. She pursued this theme in her PhD (2003) on ICT-enabled regional network innovation. In 2004 Patrice became the Australian Focal Point for a 5-year APEC-wide research program on Women's Participation in the Digital Economy. This fuelled her interest in the use of ICT and entrepreneurship as enablers to empower women, particularly rural and disadvantaged women. An action researcher, Patrice's research and consultancy philosophy is to work with rather than on people to achieve engagement, collaborative learning and action-oriented outcomes. A a global citizen with a strong social responsibility, Patrice's work is underpinned by holistic thinking and participatory development and evaluation approaches. It includes inclusive development, poverty alleviation, cooperative, green, social entrepreneurship, clustering and gender-sensitive value chain models for both developed and developing economies.
In 2010, Patrice was awarded a Federal Government Endeavour Research Fellow Award to conduct ICT for Development (ICTD) research in rural Bangladesh and Peru. Her study explored how women can be engaged and empowered with the help of ICT to address challenges in areas such agriculture, collaborative business development and entrepreneurship as the basis for sustainable livelihoods for women, their families and communities. Click here for more information on this prestigious achievement.
Patrice draws on extensive local-global networks. She is the Research Chair for the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce (AWCCI); an active contributor to APEC and other international forums; on the Steering Committee of the International Taskforce for Women and Technology; a regional champion for the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UNGAID), and on the Advisory Board of the Latin American Centre for Women & Technology, National Education and Employment Foundation, Vrouwen aan het Werk, and Yoga Gives Back.
Patrice's expertise includes the implementation of changing paradigms through action research methodologies and the weaving of technology with sustainable economic, social, environmental, and governance practices towards building equity, viability and innovation in regional settings. Much of her work has a focus on capacity building, social and collaborative enterprise as tools for economic empowerment and social change.
Patrice has extensive experience in program design, delivery and evaluation. She collaborates with government, non-profits and industry both in Australia and abroad. Additional consultancy information available upon request.
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