Dr Julie Lahn

PhD (Anthropology) James Cook University of North Queensland; BA Hons 1st Class (Anthropology & Archaeology) JCUNQ
Fellow, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
College Arts & 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
  • Anthropology Of Development 160101

Research interests

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Experiences of Work in Government Bureaucracies
  • Government Sector - Indigenous Sector interaction
  • Indigenous Involvement in the Professions
  • Anthropology of Bureaucracy
  • Anthropology of Work



CAEPR Higher Degree Research Convenor (2016-)

Convenor INDG8001 Australian Indigenous Development and INDG8002 Australian Indigenous Development (Advanced)

Career Highlights:

Co-Editor (with Dr Boyd Hunter) Australian Journal of Social Issues (2013-2015)

Native Title Anthropologist, preparing expert anthropological reports in support of Native Title land and sea claims by Torres Strait Islander people (1999-2004)

Researcher's projects

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 (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

Related Research: Lahn, J (2018) Being Indigenous in the Bureaucracy: narratives of work and exit. International Indigenous Policy Journal 9(1).

Reciprocal Accountability and Public Value in Aboriginal Organisations (2016-2019)

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

Project Funding: Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP160102250)

Research Output: Lahn, J (2017) ''Thwarting totalisation': the complex engagements of Indigenous organisations with state bureaucracy in remote Australia'. Paper presented at the Critical Management Studies Conference, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Past student projects

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'.

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


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