Dr Katherine Curchin

BA (Hons), MA (Distinction), PhD ANU
Senior Lecturer in Social Policy
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy 160609
  • Human Rights And Justice Issues 220104
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Policy 160501
  • Public Administration 160509
  • Social Policy 160512

Research interests

Welfare conditionality and income management

The ethics of applying behavioural insights to social policy

Trauma-informed human services

Indigenous policy in Australia

Deliberative democracy including intercultural dialogue


Katherine Curchin is an applied political philosopher with research interests in social policy, Indigenous policy and public administration.

Researcher's projects

Rival Visions for Indigenous Development in Australia

This ARC project compares Noel Pearson vision for Indigenous integration into the 'real economy' with Jon Altman's vision for the development of the 'hybrid economy'.

Available student projects

  • Ethics of Welfare Conditionality
  • Ethics of Income Management
  • Ethics of Predictive Modelling for Decision Making in Human Services
  • Ethics of Applying Behavioural Insights to Policy
  • Veterans' Experiences of Employment Services and Social Security in Australia

Current student projects

Primary Supervisor for Stefanie Puszka: 'The Moral Economy of Dialysis in the Northern Territory: Indigenous people, kidney disease and medical dislocation in postcolonial Australia'

Supervisory Panel Advisor for Tess McGirr: 'Foundations for welfare to work: the relationship between Australian Government-funded family support services and the employability and employment outcomes of welfare recipients with young children'

Supervisory Panel Advisor for Tony Kiessler: 'Understanding how social constructions influence the design and implementation of health policy for socially disadvantaged groups'


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  29 September 2023 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers