This ARC Discovery Project is subtitled ‘The Impact of Hotel Ownership on Harm Reduction and Social and Economic Development'. Field work is being conducted in Alice Springs, Wadeye, and East Kimberley.
Theme: Economic, cultural and social circumstances
This ARC Linkage Project aims to construct new indices of poverty and gender equity that are applicable both at national/supranational levels and to smaller groups affected by a policy or program. Dr Hunt is an Investigator on this ARC Linkage Project with Chief Investigators Prof Thomas Pogge (Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics), and Dr Sharon Bessell (Policy and Governance Program), Dr Christian Barry (School of Humanities), Dr Yuk Chu Liu (Crawford School of Economics and Government) (all ANU), and Professor Alison Jaggar (University of Colorado, USA) and Partner Investigators from International Women's Development Agency...
This ARC Linkage Project, which aims to further analyse data from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey and New South Wales local court data, concludes in 2010. Kate Sullivan is writing up a doctoral thesis on Aboriginal interactions with the justice system in New South Wales-a focus on re-offence and desistance.
This project has its genesis in a CAEPR report commissioned by the Ministerial Council for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (MCATSIA) in 2005. The aim of the paper (published as CAEPR Discussion Paper No. 283) was to synthesise findings from a wide variety of regional and community-based demographic studies. What emerged was the identification of demographic 'hot spots'-particular Indigenous population dynamics in particular regions that give rise to issues of public...
Theme: Economic development aspirations and alternative futures
Jon Altman has been awarded an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship to undertake this ARC supported research project ‘Hybrid economic futures for remote Indigenous Australia: Linking poverty reduction and natural resource management'. The project provides the theoretical underpinning for the major project supported by the Sidney Myer Fund ‘People on Country, Healthy Landscapes and Indigenous Economic Futures'.
This Project will explore the range of benefits which derive from the diverse experiences Aboriginal people have of Working on Country in New South Wales. Following an extensive review of the literature and current New South Wales initiatives in 2009, initial fieldwork is focusing on the benefits emerging from an Indigenous Protected Area on the New England Tablelands and from selected Green Teams in the Northern Rivers area. The study is funded by the New South Wales Department of Climate Change and Water.
This project, undertaken in collaboration with CSIRO-led Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge Commonwealth Environment Research Facility (TRaCK) and the North Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA), assesses strategies for developing and financing an effective conservation and sustainable use economy in the Maningrida regional river catchments, central Arnhem Land.
People on Country aims to transfer skills to land and sea management groups to address two major issues: how their activities are improving Indigenous well-being, and delivering better natural resource management on Aboriginal land and sea country. Working in partnership with traditional owners and their land and sea management groups, the research aims to strengthen Caring for Country projects by:
- Building partnerships, sharing skills, and capacity development especially in governance.
- Assisting key Aboriginal organisations and natural resource management agencies with evidence-based research.
Theme: Governance, policy and the state
This research examines the dominant principle of equality in Indigenous affairs and how it relates to other competing values such as autonomy and freedom, tolerance and diversity, and protection and guardianship. The research seeks to understand the dynamic way in which these different principles guide, or are otherwise related to policy and state-authorised action over time. Are competing principles balanced in policy? Or is there a switching between principles over space and time, or between policy and practice? This research contributes to CAEPR's teaching role through providing a structuring framework for the masters-level course...
Part of an ARC Linkage Project (in partnership with Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation, the Northern Land Council and the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training) titled ‘Custom-based land and resource management and the educational and social re-engagement of Indigenous youth’, this research involves an international exploration of models for re-engaging Indigenous youth through land and resource management programs
This doctoral research explores recent changes in public policy towards the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands and looks back to the original ideas informing the Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Act of 1981 passed by the South Australian parliament. Conceptually the research is driven by the idea that the framing of an issue is an important aspect of policy processes. So it asks how and why the framing of the APY lands in Australian public policy processes might have changed over the last 30 years.
How do diverse socioeconomic circumstances among Indigenous people in different geographic areas affect Indigenous housing policy and practice? One part of this project is doctoral research on the contribution of housing to economic development in remote areas, being undertaken in the Maningrida region with the assistance of the Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation as an ARC Linkage Project partner. Another part of this project is a broad conceptual review of Indigenous housing policy over the 40 years since the Australian Commonwealth government became involved in this arena, building on previous work on Indigenous housing policy and tenures...
Pacific practice and its application among Indigenous Australians: Implementing a psycho-social, basic human need approach to community development
This doctoral research aims to reflect both conceptually and empirically on the development and application of community development techniques in Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands Development Trust), Papua New Guinea (Bismark Ramu Group), and Fiji (Social Empowerment and Education Program) from 1982 to the present. The study will focus on urban populations in outer regional New South Wales, and the Far South Coast, predominantly Yuin nation
Theme: Education and learning and youth
Lifespan learning and literacy for young adults in remote Indigenous communities 2007-2010 is jointly funded by the Australian Research Council, the Australian National University and The Fred Hollows Foundation. This ARC research project has been identifying ‘best practice’ learning projects and programs in remote Indigenous communities for youth aged between 16 and 25 that stimulate the acquisition and development of language and multimodal literacies and support positive identity formation experiences.
Research has been carried out in conjunction with: