4-5 September 2014 at the ANU Commons
The Engaging Indigenous Economy: Debating Diverse Approaches Conference explored many of the key debates and ongoing challenges in Indigenous economic development. It brought together diverse perspectives on relevant public policy, insights from empirical studies and examination of key issues in employment, property rights and development theory.
The conference coincided with the retirement from CAEPR of its founding Director, Professor Jon Altman. Since the late 1970s Jon has researched Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economic practices. His work has included extensive periods in the field (primarily in west Arnhem Land) and quantitative analysis using official statistics; it has been both comparative and longitudinal, methodologically open and conceptually innovative, policy pertinent and politically combative.
The two day conference program featured over 40 speakers who engaged with many of the themes on which Jon has written. These included the following:
- Comparative modern hunter-gatherer studies
- Economic hybridity and alternate development
- Employment and labour markets
- Land rights and native title
- Sustainable land-based indigenous livelihoods
- Neo-liberalism or the return of the Guardian State?
Working Paper 96 'Engaging Indigenous Economy: A Selected Annotated Bibliography of Jon Altman's Writings 1979-2014' was published in conjunction with the conference. This annotated bibliography aims to summarise many of the themes to which Altman has dedicated his career to date, and was designed to be a navigational tool for paper presenters, conference delegates and others wishing to engage with Altman's work.
A bibliography of Jon's work—spanning academic publications, submissions to parliamentary inquiries and key opinion editorials—is available from the CAEPR website at http://caepr.anu.edu.au/staffprofiles/altman.php.