Dr Julie Lahn
Areas of expertise
- Studies Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Society 169902
- Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
- Anthropology Of Development 160101
- Policy And Administration 1605
Indigenous professionals, mobility (class), Indigenous public/civil servants, Indigenous sector-public sector interaction, organisational ethnography, social capital, urban poverty, Torres Strait, development.
CAEPR Higher Degree Research Convenor (2016-)
Convenor INDG8001 Australian Indigenous Development and INDG8002 Australian Indigenous Development (Advanced)
Co-Editor (with Dr Boyd Hunter) Australian Journal of Social Issues (2013-2015)
Native Title Consultant, preparing expert anthropological reports in support of Native Title land and sea claims by Torres Strait Islander people (1999-2004)
Cultures of Work and Achievement among Indigenous Professionals
This research seeks to contribute to the emergence of a more complete picture of Indigenous life in contemporary Australia, one that includes a greater appreciation of diverse Indigenous cultures of work and achievement. Drawing on research which foregrounds Indigenous perspectives of professional work it details Indigenous experiences of combining work and family, considers practical insights for the creation of Indigenous friendly workplaces, as well as highlighting the variety of responses to workplace culture that exist among Indigenous Australians.
Taylor, J., Gray, M., Hunter, B., Yap, M. and Lahn, J. 2011. Higher Education and the Growth of Indigenous Participation in Professional and Managerial Occupations, Commissioned report to DEEWR to assist the Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
Lahn, J. 2013. Indigenous Professionals: work, class and culture. CAEPR Working Paper No 89. Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University.
Lahn, J. 2014. Indigenous Australian middle classness: expressions, debates, futures, Paper presented at the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences conference panel entitled ‘The Future of Class’, Tokyo.
Biddle, N. and Lahn, J. 2015. Understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employee decisions to exit the Australian Public Service, Commissioned report to the Australian Public Service Commission.
Living Well and Local Conceptions of Development in the Torres Strait
This project seeks to understand Indigenous aspirations and collective ‘life projects’ for ‘living well’ in the Torres Strait and how they shape the character of contemporary economic activity by Torres Strait Islanders. Ethnographic research methods are emphasised in order to describe and analyse Islander experiences of significant economic change in the region over the last fifteen years, linked to the resolution of land and sea claims and expanding opportunities for employment in fisheries, public service, arts and tourism. The project illuminates locally salient conceptions of development among Torres Strait Islanders alongside local rationales and motivations in relation to diverse forms of economic action.
Project Co-Researchers: Professor Colin Scott (McGill) Ms Annick Thomassin (ANU/ McGill)
Tjanara Goreng Goreng PhD ANU 'The Road to Eldership: Following the Tjukurpa Way'.
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'.