Meet the Beyond 18 Researchers

Stewart Muir

Stewart Muir

How did you end up working as a researcher?

I’ve been a researcher of one sort or another for my whole working life. I’m just curious, I guess, and I like to know how the world works. Before starting on Beyond 18, I have worked with Aboriginal communities to understand and protect Aboriginal cultural heritage and I have also done research in England on people’s life histories, backgrounds, social class, and their family traditions and rituals.

What does your job involve?

I am a qualitative researcher at heart; this means, that I spend a lot of time asking people to tell their stories and share their experiences.

What do you like doing when you’re not being a researcher?

There’s a difference between what I like doing and what I actually do. I have two small children so an awful lot of my time is spent child wrangling. I love it but it’s really exhausting and so, so boring to talk about.

Sam Morley

Sam Morley

How did you end up working as a researcher?

I spent several years in a couple of jobs that involved working with Aboriginal people, in native title mediation and at an Aboriginal community run child and family welfare organisation. I wanted to combine this practical experience with my natural interest in research and writing.

What does your job involve?

I mainly research and write resource sheets for services for Aboriginal communities, such as economic development, juvenile detention, and community run programs. But I also work on primary research and evaluations in other diverse areas. A typical day can range from meeting people who agree to participate in a study, to finding and reading literature, to writing and editing articles, to project management and stakeholder meetings. It can be very busy, but I really enjoy it.

What do you like doing when you’re not being a researcher?

Being a parent and partner, going rockclimbing (a lot), camping, reading poetry, gardening and very amateur DIY. I also enjoy going for the odd run along the creek.