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The Australian National University

Frances Morphy, Visiting Fellow

BSc (Hons) (Anthropology), University College London 
MPhil (Anthropology), London University 
MA (Linguistics), The Australian National University

Research Interests

The anthropological demography of Australian Aboriginal populations, population structure and dynamics in remote Aboriginal Australia, and the representation of Aboriginal people in the national census. Indigenous demographies and data sovereignty. The anthropology and linguistics of the Yolngu-speaking peoples of north east Arnhem Land. Social, cultural and economic aspects of the encapsulation of Aboriginal Australians within the Australian state, in particular the homelands movement, land rights and native title, the governance of Aboriginal community organisations, the impact of colonisation on Indigenous social systems and languages, and problems of cross-cultural ‘translation’.

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With CAEPR colleague Bill Arthur, Frances is the co-editor of the Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia. In an earlier stage of her career she was a commissioning editor at Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Career highlights

2016- Honorary Associate Professor, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, The Australian National University

2015-2016 Research Affiliate, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

2014 Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Durham

2012-15 Visiting Fellow, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, The Australian National University

2007-12 Fellow, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, The Australian National University

2006 Research Fellow, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, The Australian National University.

2001-05 Part-time Research Fellow and Academic Editor, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, The Australian National University.

1997-2004 Freelance editorial consultant, freelance anthropological consultant.

1991-97 Commissioning Editor, linguistics, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Key publications & research

Recent publications:
Morphy, F. and Morphy, H. 2016. ‘Thwarted aspirations: the political economy of a Yolngu outstation, 1972 to the present’, in N. Peterson and F. Myers (eds), Experiments in Self-determination: Histories of the Outstation Movement in Australia, Monographs in Anthropology Series, ANU Press, Canberra.

Morphy, F. 2013. ‘Making them fit: the Australian national census and Aboriginal family forms’, in G. Calder and L. Beaman (eds), Polygamy’s Rights and Wrongs: Perspectives on Harm, Family and Law, UBC Press, Vancouver.

Morphy, F. and Morphy, H. 2013. ‘Anthropological theory and government policy in Australia’s Northern Territory: the hegemony of the “mainstream”’, American Anthropologist, 115 (2), June 2013.

CAEPR publications & research outputs

Research Monographs

Research Monograph
27
Research Monograph No 27/2007
Benjamin Smith
Frances Morphy
Research Monograph
22
Research Monograph No 22/2004
David Martin
Frances Morphy
William Sanders
John Taylor
Research Monograph
20
Research Monograph No 20/2001
Frances Morphy
William Sanders
Research Monograph
14
Research Monograph No 14/1999
Jon Altman
Frances Morphy
Tim Rowse

Topical Issues

Topical Issue
12
Topical Issue No 12/2008
Frances Morphy
Howard Morphy
Topical Issue
9
Topical Issue No 9/2008
Frances Morphy
Topical Issue
7
Topical Issue No 7/2009
Frances Morphy
Howard Morphy

Working Papers

External publications

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

External Publications

2008
Frances Morphy
2008
Frances Morphy
2007
Frances Morphy
William Sanders
John Taylor
2007
Frances Morphy
William Sanders
John Taylor
Kathryn Thorburn
2006
Inge Kral
Frances Morphy
2005
Bill Arthur
Frances Morphy
2005
Bill Arthur
Frances Morphy
2005
Bill Arthur
Frances Morphy
2005
Bill Arthur
Frances Morphy
2005
Boyd Hunter
Bill Arthur
Frances Morphy
2004
Frances Morphy
William Sanders

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