Kaely Woods


Position: Research Scholar
School and/or Centres: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Email: kaely.woods@anu.edu.au

Phone: (w) (02) 6125 6977 (m) 0438 588 925


Bachelor Economics (ANU), GAICD

Researcher profile: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/StaffProfiles/Kaely-Woods.php


Kaely is a PhD candidate at CAEPR at ANU and CDU as a Northern Research Futures Collaborative Research Network Scholar, pursuing research into the role and value of Indigenous culture in economic development in remote Australia.

Before commencing her doctorate, Kaely had a long career in the public sector including over 25 years in Indigenous policy, with senior roles in government dealing with native title, land rights, heritage protection, health, housing, home ownership, governance and economic development. Until 2012 Kaely was the Deputy CEO of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), an organisation that supports Indigenous Australians create wealth and accumulate assets through business and home ownership. Kaely is currently an independent expert Director on the Board of QAIHC, the peak body for the Indigenous community controlled health sector in Queensland.

Research Interests

Thesis Topic:The Value of Aboriginal Cultural Activity

Kaely’s doctoral research looks to the tensions and trade-offs between paid employment and cultural activity to reveal the non-market values in cultural activity. Explicit recognition and accounting for the non-market values in the customary and hybrid economies can inform policy makers, Aboriginal organisations and employers contemplating their roles in creating sustainable economies in remote Australia.

Kaely’s other research interests reflect her professional background and include Indigenous business, land rights, housing, health and effective governance.

Primary Supervisor (ANU)

Professor Matthew Gray

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