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The Australian National University

Dr Katherine Curchin

BA (Hons), MA (Distinction), PhD ANU
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher
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

Indigenous development

Indigenous policy in Australia

Identity politics, tolerance and cultural accommodation

Deliberative democracy including intercultural dialogue


Katherine Curchin is an applied political philosopher with research interests in social policy, Indigenous policy and public administration in Australia. Her current work focuses on welfare reform and economic development. She has also written on topics within political philosophy such as deliberative democratic theory and distributive justice.  

Her doctoral thesis, ‘The Ethics of Criticising other Cultures’, examined the politics of cultural accommodation through case studies of controversial cultural practices in New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom. Before joining CAEPR she was a postdoctoral fellow on the ARC Linkage Project, ‘The Practice of Accountability in Indigenous Corporations in Australia’, which explored the work of the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations.

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

  • History of ATSIC
  • Agreement Making with First Nations in Australia
  • Marketization of Human Services in Australia
  • Ethics of Welfare Conditionality
  • Ethics of Income Management
  • Behavioural Change Programs Aimed at Reducing Racism

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'


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:  19 January 2018 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers