Annick Thomassin

Annick Thomassin


Phone: (02) 6125 3512

Location: Room 2146, Copland Building #24


PhD Scholar (Anthr) McGill, M.A. (Anthr) Laval, B.A. (Anthr) Laval

Researcher profile:

Areas of expertise

  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Policy
  • Co-management and politics of natural resources management
  • Politics of knowledge
  • Political Ecology
  • Anthropological Methodology And Research Methods
  • Political economy
  • Alternative development
  • Small-scale fisheries systems
  • Community-based research methodologies

Research Interests

Co-management, indigenous cultural and natural management, marine fisheries management, small-scale fisheries, indigenous knowledge, indigenous development alternatives, governance systems and paradigms, neoliberalism, indigenous urban development, decolonised methodologies


Annick Thomassin is a Graduate Research Officer at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) since 2010 as well as a PhD candidate at the Department of Anthropology of McGill University (Montréal, Canada). Her thesis examines the principles and power relationships underpinning fisheries 'co'-management processes and their implications for local indigenous populations and governments in the context of the Torres Strait. At CAEPR she has been involved in various projects such as People on Country and the Northern Environmental Research Project (NERP). She is currently the primary investigator of the Seachange: Aboriginal marine pathways to social inclusion, a grassroots, research-action project developed in collaboration with Mogo and Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Councils. This project aims at co-developing new research methodologies combining biological and cultural knowledge and data.

Ms Thomassin was the administrator of the ANU Gender Institute between October 2015 and May 2017.

Her previous studies includes: a Masters thesis in Anthropology completed at Laval University (Quebec, Canada) titled: "A foot in the water, a foot on the land: Trajectories of sampan fishers from fishing to aquaculture in the Tam Giang Lagoon, central Vietnam"; a B.A. project (Laval, equivalent to an Honours thesis) examining the conflicts and collaborations emerging from the implementation of the Jervis Bay Marine Park (NSW, Australia).

Annick is involve in teaching aspects of indigenous natural resource management at the ANU. Prior to come to the ANU, while still based in Canada, she has also conducted research and co-written articles and book chapters that critically examined the question of 'social exclusion' with a particular focus on the UK and on the re-insertion of elderly workers in the workforce in Quebec (Canada).

 Researcher's projects

Seachange: Aboriginal marine pathways to social inclusion (November 2015 - June 2018).


Thomassin, Annick, (under press), "Coloniser la bureaucratie? Rapports de pouvoir entre savoirs scientifiques et savoirs insulaires dans le Détroit de Torres, Australie". Conference Proceedings of the Réseau Peuples Autochtones panel of the Congrès international de l'association française d'ethnologie et d'anthropologie (AFEA), Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, Toulouse, France. (29 June-2 July 2015).

Thomassin, Annick, 2016, "Indigenous hybrid economies as life projects? An example from the Torres Strait", in Sanders William (dir.), Engaging Indigenous Economy: Debating Diverse Approaches, CAEPR Monograph No. 35, Canberra, ANU Press: 95-110.

Thomassin, Annick, 2016, Submission on the Productivity Commission Draft Report on Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture (DR112).

Thomassin, Annick, 2014, Response to the Forrest Review: Creating Parity, Submission provided in response to the Australian Government's Indigenous Jobs and Training Review (also published in Klein, E (ed.), 2014) 'Academic perspectives on The Forrest review: creating parity', CAEPR Topical Issue 2/2014, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Canberra.

Thomassin, Annick and Rose Butler, 2014, 'Engaging Indigenous economy: A selected annotated bibliography of Jon Altman's writings 1979-2014', CAEPR Working Paper 96/2014, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Canberra.

Daniels, Cherry and Indigenous women rangers (Facilitated by Ens, Emilie, May, Katherine and Annick Thomassin), 2012, Indigenous Women Rangers Talking-Sharing Ideas and Information about Women Rangers work, CAEPR, ANU, Canberra.

Pelchat Yolande, André Campeau and Annick Thomassin, 2009, "Visages et visées de la proximité : le soutien à l'insertion en emploi des travailleuses et travailleurs dits vieillissants" in Clément, Michèle, Gélineau, Lucie and Anaïs-Monica McKay (eds) Proximités: liens, accompagnement et soin, Québec, Presses de l'Université du Québec.

Pelchat Yolande, and Annick Thomassin, 2009, "Combattre l'exclusion en misant sur l'égalité des chances : le pari du New labour" in  Gagnon Éric (ed.) Exclusions et inégalités sociales. Enjeux et défis de l'intervention publique, Québec, Presses de l'Université Laval.

Pelchat Yolande, and Annick Thomassin, 2008, "Panser les exclus, penser l'exclusion: retour sur la justice sociale" in Gagnon, Éric, Pelchat, Yolande and Robertson Édouard (eds) Politiques d'intégration, rapports d'exclusion. Action publique et justice sociale, Québec, Presses de l'Université Laval.

Pelchat, Yolande, Campeau, André, Thomassin, Annick and Manon Lachapelle, 2007, Parcours d'insertion des travailleurs vieillissants : travail sur soi et participation citoyenne. Rapport de recherche, RIPOST team, Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Vieille-Capitale.

Pelchat, Yolande, Gagnon, Éric and Annick Thomassin, 2006, "Sanitarisation et construction de l'exclusion sociale" Lien social et Politiques -RIAC, 55 : 55-66.

Thomassin, Annick, 2005, "Un pied dans l'eau un pied sur terre: Trajectoires et savoirs sampaniers dans un processus de transfert de la pêche vers l'aquaculture, Phu Tan (Vietnam)", Vertigo, Vol. 6, No. 1: 65-78.



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