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Deirdre Howard-Wagner, Fellow

PhD (Sociology) - University of Newcastle
Bachelor of Arts (Sociology Hons 1) - The Australian National University (
George Zubrzycki Prize Biennial Award - best result in Sociology IV (H) 2001)

 

Dr. Deirdre Howard-Wagner is a sociologist and socio-legal scholar and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at the Australian National University (ANU). She is currently the President of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, co-convenor of the Australian Sociological Association Sociology of Indigenous issues thematic group, and co-editor of the Australian Journal of Social Issues.

Deirdre has broad and internationally recognised experience in carrying out Indigenous policy relevant research with a social and socio-legal focus. This includes, but is not limited to, a series of journal articles and book chapters analyzing, for example, various aspects of Northern Territory National Emergency Response laws and related initiatives, as well as ongoing policy and legislative changes, Australian Indigenous policy in relation to Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage, and urban Indigenous policy issues. She recently completed a four-year place-based study of Aboriginal success in addressing Aboriginal disadvantage and improving Aboriginal wellbeing funded by an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.

Prior to coming to ANU, Deirdre was a research fellow (2012-2016) and lecturer and senior lecturer in socio-legal studies in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney (2006-2012) and Deputy Director of the Justice Policy Research Centre in the School of Law at the University of Newcastle (2004-2006). Prior to undertaking her PhD she worked in the Australian Public Service (1992-2000), including as a Senior Policy Officer in the Office of Indigenous Policy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (1997-1999).

Key publications

Grants

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher ($375,000) Aboriginal societies, governance and wellbeing: a study of Aboriginal community success in addressing disadvantage and promoting wellbeing (2012-2016)
OLT Grant (Innovation and Development) - Indigenous online cultural teaching and sharing ($220,000)
Project team - Dr Janet Mooney (Project Leader), Ms Lynette Riley, Dr Deirdre Howard-Wagner,
Associate Professor Moira Sim, Toni Wain, Dr Cat Kutay. (2011-2014)

SSHRCC Connection Grant - Law on the Edge ($50,000); Cunliffe E (British Columbia), McMillan J (St
Francis Xavier), Duncanson K (La Trobe), Harris D (British Columbia), Mawani R (British Columbia),
Howard-Wagner D (Sydney), Rumbles W (Waikato), Leiboff M (Wollongong) (2013).

NSW Government - Evaluation of Motor Accident Compensation Act 1999 (NSW) - Motor Accidents Authority ($560,000) - Chief Investigators Professor T Wright and D Howard (2004-2006)

Key publications

Deirdre has a co-edited book titled Unveiling Whiteness in the Twenty First Century: Global Manifestations, Transdisciplinary Interventions published by Lexington Press in 2015. She is currently co-editing a book on Indigenous justice under contract with Palgrave McMillan to be published in 2017 and is close to completing a manuscript on her ARC DECRA research titled Rights, Autonomy, Empowerment and Successful Urban Indigenous Community Building: a story of Indigenous agency, leadership and social entrepreneurship.

Howard-Wagner, D. (in print) ‘"Promising" Aboriginal practices and holistic Aboriginal child wellbeing: Are we any closer in the neoliberal age?', T. Libesman (ed.), Indigenous child wellbeing in the neoliberal age, Special Issue of Australian Indigenous Law Review.

Jensen, B., Howard-Wagner, D. (2015). Arizona 2010. In Watson, V., Howard-Wagner, D., Spanierman, L. (Eds.), Unveiling Whiteness in the Twenty-First Century: Global Manifestations, Transdisciplinary Interventions. US: Lexington Books.

Howard-Wagner, D. (2015). Governing through Neoliberal Multiculturalism: Reconstituting Australian Culture and Cultural Diversity in the Howard Era, 1996-2007. In Watson, V., Howard-Wagner, D., Spanierman, L. (Eds.), Unveiling Whiteness in the Twenty-First Century: Global Manifestations, Transdisciplinary Interventions. US: Lexington Books.

Watson, V., Howard-Wagner, D., Spanierman, L. (2015). Introduction. In Watson, V., Howard-Wagner, D., Spanierman, L. (Eds.), Unveiling Whiteness in the Twenty-First Century: Global Manifestations, Transdisciplinary Interventions. US: Lexington

Riley-Mundine, L., Howard-Wagner, D., Mooney, J., Kutay, C. (2013). Embedding Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge in Curriculum at University Level through Aboriginal Community Engagement. In Rhonda G. Craven, Janet Mooney (Eds.), Seeding Success in Indigenous Australian Higher Education (volume 14), (pp. 251-276). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

Ciftci, S., Howard-Wagner, D. (2013). Integrating Indigenous Justice into Alternative Dispute Resolution Practices: A Case Study of the Aboriginal Care Circle Pilot Program in Nowra. Australian Indigenous Law Review, 16(2), 81-98.

Kutay, C., Mooney, J., Riley-Mundine, L., Howard-Wagner, D. (2013). Teaching Through Story Mapping. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 9(3), 73-84.

Kutay, C., Mooney, J., Riley-Mundine, L., Howard-Wagner, D. (2012). Experiencing Indigenous Knowledge Online as a Community Narrative. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 41(1), 47-59. [More Information]

Howard-Wagner, D. (2012) ‘Reclaiming the Northern Territory as a settler colonial space', ARENA Journal Vol.37/38: 220-240.

Kutay, C., Mooney, J., Riley, L. & Howard-Wagner, D. (2012). Indigenous knowledge on-°©‐line as a community narrative. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, Vol. 41: 47-59. University of Queensland. (ISSN: 1326-0111)

Howard-Wagner, D. (2012). Multiculturalism and Culture as a Technique of Whiteness. In Nicky Falkoff, Oliver Cashman-Brown (Eds.), On Whiteness, (pp. 293-302). Oxford, UK: Interdisciplinary Press.

Howard-Wagner, D. & Kelly, B. (2011) ‘Containing Aboriginal Mobility in the Northern Territory: from protectionism to interventionism', Under the Eye of the Law: Mobile Peoples in the Pacific, Seuffert, N., & Kukutai, T. (eds.) Law, Text, Culture, Vol. 15: 102-134.

Howard-Wagner, D. (2010) ‘Scrutinising ILUAS in the context of Agreement Making as a Panacea for Poverty and Welfare Dependency in Indigenous Communities', Australian Indigenous Law Review, Vol. 14(2): 100-114.

Howard-Wagner, D. and Maguire A. (2010) ‘‘The Holy Grail' or ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'?: AQualitative Exploration of the ILUAs Agreement-Making Process and the Relationship Between ILUAs and Native Title', Australian Indigenous Law Review Vol.14(1).

Howard-Wagner, D. (2010) ‘From State of Denial to State of Emergency: Governing Australian Indigenous communities through the exception', in D. Fassin and M. Pandolfi (eds.) Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions, Zone Publishing, New York: 217-240.

Howard-Wagner, D. (2010) ‘The state's ‘intervention' in Indigenous affairs in the Northern Territory: governing the Indigenous population through violence, abuse and neglect', in C. Browne and J. McGill (eds.) Violence and the Post-Colonial Welfare State in France and Australia, University of Sydney Press, Sydney: 77-102.

Howard-Wagner, D. (2009) ‘Whiteness, power relations, resistance and the practical recognition of Indigenous rights in Newcastle', in Theory in Action, US Journal of Transformative Studies, Volume 2 (1): 40-65.

Howard-Wagner, D. (2008) ‘Legislating Away Indigenous Rights', in The Protection of Law, Law Text Culture, Volume 12, December 2008: 45-68.

Howard-Wagner, D. (2007) ‘Restoring social order through tackling "passive welfare": the statutory intent of the Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007 (Cth) and Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Act 2007 (Cth)' in Current Issues in Criminal Justice Journal, Vol 19. No. 2, November 2007.

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