Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research Highlights

Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research Highlights

The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) is an internationally unique, high quality research environment with an outstanding research impact. The primary objective of CAEPR is to undertake research that will further the social and economic development and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout Australia.

Events, Conferences and Exhibitions

  • An exhibition entitled “Open Cut” by Jacky Green, Therese Richie, and Sean Kerrins, ran from 5 August to 10 August 2017 at the Northern Centre for Contempoarary Art in Darwin, Northern Territory (NT). The exhbition was of significant impact to the community in the NT, as Jacky Green provided important teaching opportunities and cultural knowledge as part of a CAEPR co-badged undergraduate course with the Fenner School.
  • CAEPR paired with NSW Aboriginal Affairs to host a successful interstate forum entitled Australian Government and Aboriginal Nations: Creating a New Relationship. The forum ran in Sydney with seven different jurisdictions and a report was produced on the issues that were facing these jurisdictions in changing their relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people.The report produced here was also used to contribute to two chapters of Transforming the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the NSW Government: Aboriginal Affairs NSW research agenda 2018 - 2023.

Consultancies and Outreach

  • Dr Janet Hunt, Deputy Director of Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, gave evidence at the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017.
  • Nine Employees within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet successfully undertook the postgraduate course of “Australian Indigenous Policy” by CAEPR representatives. The course teaches students to analyse policy by exposing them to academic theories of policy and the diverse range of views involved in Indigenous affairs.


  • Dr Janet Hunt presented a paper on Normalising Aboriginal housing in the Kimberley and the cultural challenges at the interface of new public management approaches. The paper was presented at the Critical Management Studies Conference in Liverpool, UK
  • Dr Katherine Curchin, an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher at CAEPR, presented a paper entitled Exploring the Ethical Limits of Welfare Conditionality: The Case of Childhood Immunisation. The paper was presented at the Australian Social Policy Conference at the University of New South Wales (NSW) and then published in the Sydney Morning Herald.


  • Dr Janet Hunt and CAEPR’s Dr Deirdre Howard-Wagner were the 2017 recipients of the ARC Discovery award, reconfiguring new public management to recognise the distinctive role of Aboriginal organisations and rights of Indigenous peoples in social service delivery.
  • Dr Deirdre Howard-Wagner also was the recipient of the ANU Futures Scheme Award. The $450,000 award will be directed at establishing urban Indigenous development as a new sub-field of Indigenous development and governance research that is conductedd at CAEPR.
  • CAEPR Research Scholar Ms Stefanie Puszka was awarded the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarship for her PhD prroject on the political economy of dialysis for the Yolngu people. Her PhD project highlights the social and economic hardship of the Yolngu people who have end stage kidney disease and need to travel from remote areas to Darwin for treatment.

Updated:  28 September 2018/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications