Dr Talia Avrahamzon

PhD (ANU); MSD International Social Development (UNSW) ; BA (USyd)
Research Fellow
College Arts & Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Race And Ethnic Relations 160803
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Education 130301
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Policy 160501
  • Sociology Of Education 160809
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104

Research interests

Reconciliation and recognition; contested and difficult histories; whiteness, racism and prejudice development; intercultural understanding and antiracism; organisational culture and intercultural capabilities; children's agency; education; ethnography.


Talia is a research fellow at CAEPR. Her PhD research focussed on everyday reconciliation in the education system and explored how reconciliation was (re)constructed in education at the policy, school and classroom levels as well as through the perspectives of children in two primary schools.

Throughout her PhD, Talia was involved in the ANU’s College of Arts and Social Sciences Reconciliation Action Plan committee, and co-organised conferences, seminar series and workshops, including between the Australian Public Service and academia. Talia has presented at national and International conferences, published book chapters and has been a visiting scholar at Queens University, Belfast and recently, Victoria University, Wellington. 

In 2019, Talia worked on a project within the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences exploring transformative reconciliation through organisational cultural change.  She co-convenes the Indigenous Studies first year undergraduate course.

Talia undertook her PhD as a Sir Roland Wilson Scholar, and currently maintains a role in the public service as a researcher in residence focussing on First Nation perspectives and engagement in disability policy and delivery and as a Research Fellow at CAEPR. In 2018 she was awarded the Joan Uhr Prize for her contributions to public policy and research. 


Researcher's projects

Talking back to everyday reconciliation and racism 

First Nation disability perspectives and engagement with policy development and service delivery 

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