Dr Julie Lahn

PhD (Anthropology) BA Hons 1st Class (Anthropology & Archaeology) James Cook University of North Queensland
Fellow, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +61 2 6125 3166

Areas of expertise

  • Policy And Administration 1605
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Studies Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Society 169902

Research interests

Julie Lahn is a Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research whose policy research interests feature:

  • Work and Employment
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Experiences of Work in Government Bureaucracies
  • Professional forms of Work
  • Anthropology of Bureaucracy
  • Government Sector - Indigenous Sector interaction

Her current research engages a range of issues and insights raised by First Nations peoples in encountering professional forms of employment, particularly state bureaucracies but also the professions more generally (eg Lahn 2018; Lahn & Ganter 2018; Faulkner and Lahn 2019).

She combines qualitative insights, statistical data and policy analysis to understand the effects of workplace cultures in retention, early exit, and obstacles to career progression whilst also engaging questions of value and contribution of First Nations peoples to contemporary workplaces.

Julie also maintains an additional longstanding interest in scholarship to aid the relocation, reengagement and return of lost or forgotten cultural materials belonging to First Nations peoples held in cultural institutions including:

  • repatriation of the Kow Swamp materials, the subject of her honours thesis (Lahn 1996a; b; 2007; 2014; 2020)
  • relocating items concerning the Torres Strait, the locale of her doctoral research (eg relocation of Lewis Collection - Torres Strait materials believed lost in the Sydney Garden Palace fire (Lahn 2013) and the Japanese Expedition to Torres Strait scholarship and materials (Lahn 2018)


Researcher's projects

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce: Options for Future Policy Planning (2020)

Co-Researchers: Julie Lahn (CAEPR), Stefanie Puszka (CAEPR, Menzies School of Health Research, CDU), Paul Lawton (Menzies, CDU), Yonatan Dinku (CAEPR), Nina Nichols (CAEPR), Francis Markham (CAEPR)

Project Linkage and Funding: National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF)

Obstacles to Career Progression for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Australian Public Service (2018)

Co-Researchers: Julie Lahn (CAEPR) and Samantha Faulkner (APS Secondee to CAEPR)

Project Linkages: Australian Public Service Commission; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior Executive Service Steering Committee

Project Funding: Australian Public Service Commission, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Reciprocal Accountability and Public Value in Aboriginal Organisations (2016-2020)

Co-Researchers: Patrick Sullivan (Nulungu Institute, University of Notre Dame), Janet Hunt (CAEPR, ANU), Julie Lahn (CAEPR, ANU), Kathryn Thorburn (Nulungu Institute, UNDA)

Project Linkages: Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre; Nyamba Buru Yawuru; Marra Worra Worra

Project Funding: Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP160102250)

Understanding the Decisions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Public Servants to Exit the Australian Public Service (2016)

Co-Researchers: Nic Biddle (CAEPR), Julie Lahn (CAEPR)

Project Linkage and Funding: Australian Public Service Commission

Current student projects

Lisa Conway Pat Turner Scholar, PhD, CAEPR, ANU (Chair of Panel, Primary Supervisor)

Catherine Holmes PhD, CAEPR, ANU (Chair of Panel)

John Morseu PhD, Centre for Heritage and Museum studies, ANU (Associate Supervisor)

Nina Nichols PhD, CAEPR, ANU (Associate Supervisor)

Susan Page PhD, CAEPR, ANU (Chair of Panel)

Stefanie Puszka PhD, CAEPR, ANU and Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University (Chair of Panel, Associate Supervisor)

Craig Ritchie PhD, CAEPR, ANU (Associate Supervisor)

Past student projects

Tjanara Goreng Goreng PhD ANU 2018 'The Road to Eldership: Following the Tjukurpa Way'. (Associate Supervisor)

Jen Malbon BSc Honours 2A class (Geography) 2016 (Associate Supervisor)

Rosalie Willows BA Honours 1st class (Anthropology) ANU 2014-5 'The Value of Work and the Will to Improve: The Affective Atmosphere of Closing the Gap'. (Primary Supervisor)



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:  03 August 2021 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers