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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.


CAEPR Higher Degree Research (HDR) Convenor

Convenor 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.

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