Tiana able to 'give back to community' thanks to Economics study

15 June 2022

Improving our quality of life is a central purpose of the study of economics. One way to achieve this purpose is by giving back to the community through information-sharing and education, as Bachelor of Economics alum Tiana Stuart knows well.

Tiana Stuart pictured with her Indigenous sashes and graduation robes

Speaking as chairperson for the Aboriginal not-for-profit organisation Gubbi Gubbi Dyungungoo Group, and as a regular volunteer at Aboriginal cultural education workshops provider Bulu Yabun, Tiana has noticed her economics degree coming into play in more ways than one.

Currently, Tiana is applying her education and expertise to support the important Know Your Country campaign as an ambassador. The campaign aims to employ First Nations Cultural Educators in every primary school to teach the history, culture and language of their local area.

“Right now, our work is focused on giving back to the community through education,” says Tiana.

"All children should have the opportunity to learn about the Country they live on from local Cultural Educators.

“There's also a lot happening in terms of First Nations languages becoming more of a topic of discussion. People are becoming more interested in the teaching of these languages now.”

“Bringing an economics perspective to the table gives you not only a unique perspective but an understanding of the market in which you play and what's happening right now.”

As an ambassador for the campaign, Tiana is proud to see schools engaging and learning about the local Traditional Owners of their area and the history of the Country they live on.

As an Aboriginal woman, growing the breadth of representation in the economics discipline is something Tiana is passionate about.

“Currently, the field of economics is under-represented,” Tiana said.

“It’s crucial that Indigenous voices are heard, especially since economists play a vital role in informing policy. There's so much more that we can delve into – in every policy or discipline, there's an Indigenous perspective."

"We as economists can help unpack this perspective in a really impactful way.”

Did you know the UQ School of Economics offers scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students for every level of study?

Read more on where an Economics degree can take you in the finance world, including a profile on Charles Hornery, a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Economics alumnus and Gunggari man who found his feet as an analyst with National Australia Bank (NAB) after graduation.