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The Australian National University

Julie Lahn, Research Fellow

PhD (Anthropology) BA Hons (Anthropology & Archaeology) James Cook University of North Queensland

Research Interests

Indigenous professionals, mobility (class), Indigenous public/civil servants, Indigenous sector-public sector interaction, organisational ethnography, social capital, urban poverty, Torres Strait, development.


INDG8001 Australian Indigenous Development

INDG8002 Introduction to Australian Indigenous Development (Advanced)

(02) 6125 3166


Career highlights

Co-Editor (with Dr Boyd Hunter), the Australian Journal of Social Issues (2013-2015)

Native Title Consultant to the Torres Strait Regional Authority, preparing expert anthropological reports in relation to Native Title land and sea claims by Torres Strait Islander people (1999-2004)

Key publications

Lahn, J. (forthcoming). Being Indigenous in the Bureaucracy: narratives of work and exit. International Indigenous Policy Journal 9(1).

Lahn J (2014) Non-Indigenous Visions. Arena 132:10-11. [responding to the Forrest Review]

Lahn, J. (2014) Indigenous Australian middle classness: expressions, debates, futures, Paper presented at the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences conference panel entitled ‘The Future of Class’, Tokyo.

Lahn, J. (2013) Indigenous Professionals: work, class and culture. CAEPR Working Paper No 89. Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University.

Lahn J (2012) Poverty, Work and Social Networks: the role of social capital for Aboriginal People in Urban Australian Locales. Urban Policy and Research 30:1-16.

Lahn J (2007) Native Title and the Torres Strait: encompassment and recognition in the Central Islands. In, Smith, B. and F. Morphy (eds), The Social Effects of Native Title: recognition, translation, coexistence, pp.135-149. Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research and ANU E Press, Australian National University.

CAEPR publications & research outputs

Working Papers

Working Paper
Working Paper No 83/2012
John Taylor
Matthew Gray
Boyd Hunter
Mandy Yap
Julie Lahn
Working Paper
Working Paper No 89/2013
Julie Lahn
Working Paper
Working Paper No 110/2016
Nicholas Biddle
Julie Lahn

External publications

Research publications outside the CAEPR publications series, including books, book chapters, journal articles and reports.