Associate Professor Maggie Brady

Dr Maggie Brady

Position: Honorary Associate Professor
School and/or Centres: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research


Phone: (02) 6125 4796

Location: Room 2133, Copland Building


PhD,The Australian National University MA, The Australian National UniversityBEd,University of South Australia

Maggie Brady is an experienced social anthropologist and has undertaken long-term fieldwork on health and land issues in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. She researched the diet and lifestyle of Aboriginal people for the Royal Commission into British Nuclear Tests in Australia (1985). She has worked primarily on alcohol misuse and other substance abuse such as petrol sniffing since the late 1970s, written for both academic and community audiences, and provided advice to international agencies such as the World Health Organization and the Pan-American Health Organization. In 1998 Maggie published the first edition of a book of community development strategies for managing alcohol problems - The Grog Book - winning an Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing. A revised edition was published in 2005, as well as a South African version, Tackling Alcohol Problems. Maggie is a University Medal winner, receiving the JG Crawford Prize for her PhD thesis in 2000, which was subsequently published by the University of NSW Press.  Her interests include health and alcohol policies for indigenous peoples in Australia and internationally, the role of primary health care in alcohol interventions and Indigenous social enterprises and the liquor industry.

Recent Publications

Teaching 'Proper' Drinking? Clubs and pubs in Indigenous Australia, CAEPR Research Monograph No. 39, ANU Press, 2017.

Failing to 'carry the people along', commentary in Drug and Alcohol Review, 2015.
DOI: 10.1111/dar.12298

'Alcohol fermentation among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Societies, (3rd ed), 2014.

'Lessons from history of beer canteens and licensed clubs in Indigenous Australian communities, CAEPR Discussion Paper no 290/2014, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University.

Book Review, Drinking Smoke: the tobacco syndemic in Oceania, by Mac Marshall for Oceania, 2014.

'Law reforming layers and Aboriginal social controls: The case of the Western Australian Aboriginal Communities Act', Australian Indigenous Law Review 17 (1): pp. 38-46, 2013.

'Drug substances introduced by the Macassans: the mystery of the tobacco pipe', M. Clarke and S.K. May (eds) Macassan History and Heritage. Journeys, Encounters and Influences, Canberra, ANU E-Press, pp 141-157, 2013.

For a full listing of Dr Brady's publications please refer to her ANU researchers page.


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