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Kirrily Jordan, Research Fellow

PhD in Finance and Economics, University of Technology, Sydney
Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences) (Hons), University of Sydney
Diploma in Aboriginal Studies, University of Western Sydney

Dr Kirrily Jordan is a political economist and Research Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR).

Kirrily's research focuses on structural inequalities in the relationship between First Nations and other Australians, as well as the ways in which those disparities can be challenged. A key focus is the incidence of institutional racism towards First Nations peoples, including in the absence of appropriate consultation and engagement in policy-making.

This interest emerges from Kirrily’s longstanding examination of the Australian Government’s approach to ‘work,’ ‘welfare’ and 'development' policy for Australia’s First Nations. Her research shows that rather than 'Closing the Gap' in economic outcomes between First Nations and other Australians, policies that are framed by non-Indigenous assumptions have left many people worse off.

Key research has focused on the CDEP and CDP schemes; new forms of welfare conditionality; the Australian Government's approach to consultation and engagement with First Nations peoples; and the role of racism in limiting First Nations employment and economic development outcomes.

Kirrily's research suggests, in line with international evidence, that significantly improving outcomes on these measures requires institutional support for First Nations autonomy. This informs her second area of study, examining the ways in which First Nations people are working towards social, political and economic change, and how universities and university researchers can support these processes. She is committed to research methodologies that emphasise collaboration with First Nations peoples, including Participatory Action Research and Art as Social Practice. She is particularly interested in the potential of visual, participatory and community arts to challenge racism, draw attention to current challenges and point the way to a more just future.   

Before joining CAEPR Kirrily worked at The University of Sydney examining economic inequality, and with researchers at the University of Technology Sydney and Charles Sturt University studying racism, inter-ethnic interaction, and the socio-economic position of migrants in Australia.

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Key publications

(For a full publications list see PDF below) 

Books

K. Jordan (ed) (2016) Better Than Welfare? Work and Livelihoods for Indigenous Australians After CDEP, ANU Press, Canberra.

F. Stilwell & K. Jordam (2007) Who gets what? Analysing economic inequality in AustraliaCambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Key chapters and articles

K. Jordan & J. Altman (2016) 'From Welfare to Work, or Work to Welfare', in Kirrily Jordan (ed.), Better Than Welfare? Work and Livelihoods for Indigenous Australians After CDEP, ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 1-29.

K. Jordan (2016) 'Just a jobs program? CDEP employment and community development on the NSW far south coast', in Kirrily Jordan (ed.), Better Than Welfare? Work and Livelihoods for Indigenous Australians After CDEP, ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 85-124.

K. Jordan (2016) 'Looking for 'real jobs' on the APY Lands: Intermittent and steady employment in CDEP and other paid work', in Kirrily Jordan (ed.), Better Than Welfare? Work and Livelihoods for Indigenous Australians After CDEP, ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 125-154.

K. Jordan & L. Fowkes (eds) (2016) Job Creation and Income Support in Remote Indigenous Australia: Moving Forward with a Better System. CAEPR Topical Issue No 2/2016.

K. Jordan (2014) 'Andrew Forrest's Indigenous employment project: Do the arguments stack up?​', Australian Review of Public Affairs Digest, October.

K. Jordan (2012), 'Closing the employment gap through work for the dole? Indigenous employment and the CDEP scheme', Journal of Australian Political Economy, vol. 69, pp. 29-58.

Interviews and media

'Australian National University researchers finding in a new report that the Federal Government's Remote Work for the Dole scheme is failing indigenous communities, Reporter: Felicity James, ABC Radio National 'PM', 02 December 2016.

'Federal Government moving forward on healthy welfare card', Reporter: Lindy Kerin, ABC Radio National 'AM', national current affairs, 23 October 2014.

'Dole plan anger', Reporter: Rudi Maxwell, The Koori Mail, 17 December 2014, p.1 (continued as 'New work-for-the-dole rules under attack', p.5).

'Economist Kirrily Jordan says job shortage means CDEP will need to continue', Reporter: Paul Wiles, CAAMA Radio, Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association News, 23 September 2011.

Interview with Dr Kirrily Jordan, Reporter: Jonathan Nicholls, The Aṉangu Lands Paper Tracker Radio, 14 June 2011.  

Opinion pieces

K. Jordan (2012) 'Twiggy vs Gillard on indigenous jobs: Who's really delivering?', Crikey, 28 May.

K. Jordan (2011) 'Twiggy's indigenous jobs plan rests on 45,000 job promises', Crikey, 28 June.

Other websites

ANU Researchers Page

ANU Experts List

Other documents

CAEPR publications & research outputs

Research Monographs

Research Monograph
36
Research Monograph No 36/2016
Kirrily Jordan

Topical Issues

Topical Issue
3
Topical Issue No 3/2008
Jon Altman
Kirrily Jordan
Topical Issue
5
Topical Issue No 5/2009
Jon Altman
Kirrily Jordan
Topical Issue
5
Topical Issue No 5/2010
Kirrily Jordan
Topical Issue
6
Topical Issue No 6/2010
Seán Kerins
Kirrily Jordan
Topical Issue
8
Topical Issue No 8/2011
Kirrily Jordan
Topical Issue
2
Topical Issue No 2/2012
Kirrily Jordan
Topical Issue
2
Topical Issue No 2/2016
Kirrily Jordan
Lisa Fowkes
Jon Altman
Inge Kral
William Sanders
Joe Morrison
John Paterson
Elise Klein

Working Papers

Working Paper
74
Working Paper No 74/2010
Kirrily Jordan
Dante Mavec

External publications

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

External Publications

Book Chapter 2012
Kirrily Jordan
Book Chapter 2009
Jon Altman
Kirrily Jordan
Seán Kerins
Geoff Buchanan
Nicholas Biddle
Emilie Ens
Katherine May
Book Chapter 2009
Jon Altman
Kirrily Jordan
Seán Kerins
Geoff Buchanan
Nicholas Biddle
Emilie Ens
Katherine May
Report 2009
Jon Altman
Nicholas Biddle
Kirrily Jordan
Report 2009
Jon Altman
Kirrily Jordan

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