Ms Frances Morphy

BSc (Hons) (Anthropology), University College London MPhil (Anthropology), London University MA (Linguistics), The Australian National University
Honorary Associate Professor CAEPR
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Studies Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Society 169902
  • Language In Culture And Society (Sociolinguistics) 200405
  • Natural Resource Management 050209
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies 200201
  • Public Policy 160510
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Law 180101
  • Family And Household Studies 160301
  • Law And Society 180119
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Languages 200319
  • Social And Cultural Geography 160403
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Policy 160501
  • Linguistic Anthropology 160103
  • Population Trends And Policies 160305

Research interests

The anthropological demography of Australian Aboriginal populations, population structure and dynamics in remote Aboriginal Australia, and the representation of Aboriginal people in the national census. The anthropology and linguistics of the Yolngu-speaking peoples of north east Arnhem Land. Social, cultural and economic aspects of the encapsulation of Aboriginal Australians within the Australian state, in particular the homelands movement, land rights and native title, the governance of Aboriginal community organisations, the impact of colonisation on Indigenous social systems and languages, and problems of cross-cultural 'translation'.

With CAEPR colleague Bill Arthur, Frances is the co-editor of the award-winning Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia (2nd edn published 2019). In an earlier stage of her career she was a commissioning editor at Oxford University Press, Oxford.


Projects and Grants

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