Fulbright scholars continue career trajectory

Julian O’Shea and Katja Bignall-Daly

Katja Bignall-Daly and Julian O’Shea

Two University of Adelaide alumni have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships to continue their world-class research in law and sustainable transport solutions.

Julian O’Shea and Katja Bignall-Daly, who undertook undergraduate studies in Adelaide, will head to US universities as part of the program.

“I congratulate our alumni who have been awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholarships to continue their world-class research,” says University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj.

“Like so many of our students Julian and Katja will join University of Adelaide alumni who are at the forefront of bringing positive change around the world.

“I wish them the greatest success as they continue their careers in America and beyond.”

Katja Bignall-Daly completed a Bachelor of International Development in 2018 and a Bachelor of Law in 2020. She is a criminal defence lawyer at the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, servicing some of the most remote areas of South Australia. She is committed to exploration of institutional power abuses, which hinder the administration of justice and the protection of human rights – particularly through the lens of Indigenous affairs within the Australian context.

Katja’s project seeks to research the potential for law reform to ensure Indigenous Australians, particularly residents of remote communities, will have culturally relevant access to the justice system and equal enjoyment of rights and self-determination. As a Fulbright Scholar, she plans to study a Masters of Law at New York University. She looks forward to gaining knowledge through research in Native American nation building for self-governance and expanded jurisdiction, and gathering insights towards ensuring equitable access to justice and empowerment for Indigenous Australians.

Julian O’Shea completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Infotech and telecommunications) in 2005. He is a designer, educator, social innovator and researcher within the Mobility Design Lab at Monash University. His project, Vehicle for Change, explores how sustainable vehicles – from solar tuk tuks to plastic-bottle kayaks – can be used in public engagement and outreach.

Julian’s Fulbright project, which he will undertake at the University of Kansas, will explore the design of e-bikes and scooters, incorporating the use of sustainable materials including bamboo – as well as video outreach and storytelling. Julian creates engaging educational video content for YouTube and TikTok, and was named the YouTube Breakout Creator for 2021 for his Unknown Melbourne series exploring urban design topics.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship foreign exchange scholarship program of the US, aimed at increasing binational collaboration, cultural understanding, and the exchange of ideas.

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