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The Australian National University

Elizabeth Ganter, Visiting Fellow

PhD in History, The Australian National University, 2010
Master of International Management, Northern Territory University 2002
Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Executive Management, Northern Territory Government, 2000
Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Social Anthropology, 1982

Research interests

Indigenous political studies, public policy and administration, Australian history, political theory, minority representation.

Elizabeth has had a long career in Australian Indigenous affairs, including 25 years working for the Northern Territory Government. She is currently collaborating with CAEPR colleagues to promote and extend her work on Indigenous public sector representation following the publication of CAEPR Monograph 37, Reluctant Representatives: blackfella bureaucrats speak in Australia's north. The monograph explores the tensions of representation for Indigenous senior public servants and their mobility between government and community sector employment.

Elizabeth has a continuing interest in improving public administration in Australian Indigenous affairs through relationships between government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations, and in the challenges of knowledge transfer more generally.


Australian Government, Canberra

Northern Territory Government, Darwin

Co-Leader (with Dr Jocelyn Davies), Governance, Management & Leadership for Sustainable Futures, Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre, Alice Springs

Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Alice Springs

Awards & Fellowships

Centre Visitor at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic  

US post-doctoral sponsorship for research in Arizona, New Mexico and Indiana - NT Research and Innovation Board, CRC for Remote Economic Participation and NT Commissioner for Public Employment

PhD in History awarded by the Australian National University

Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre full-time PhD Scholarship

2007, 2009          
Northern Territory History Grants awarded for PhD field and archival research 

Honorary Fellowship at Charles Darwin University School of Australian Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Richard B Davis Memorial Prize for Best Thesis in Asian Anthropology, University of Sydney


2016, Reluctant Representatives: Blackfella