Dr Julie Lahn

Julie Lahn

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

Email: Julie.Lahn@anu.edu.au

Phone: (02) 6125 3166

Location: Room 2144, Copland Building


PhD (Anthropology) BA Hons (Anthropology & Archaeology) James Cook University of North Queensland

Researcher profile: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/lahn-j

Dr Julie Lahn is an anthropologist and Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University. Her research engages a range of issues raised by First Nations peoples in encountering professional forms of employment, particularly state bureaucracies but also the professions more generally. She combines qualitative insights, statistical data and policy analysis in an effort to understand the effects of workplace cultures in retention, early exit, and obstacles to career progression whilst also engaging questions of value and contribution of First Nations peoples to contemporary workplaces. She regularly conducts independent and collaborative research projects such as with the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives, the Australian Hospitals and Healthcare Association, and has been funded by the Australian Research Council. Contracted research includes multiple projects concerning Aboriginl and Torres Strait Islander employment issues for the Australian Public Service Commission and a recent review of health workforce statistics and policy for the National Health Leadership Forum. She has been the Higher Degree by Research Program Convenor for CAEPR for the past six years and routinely contributes to university policy and practice reviews at the college level. She also manages PhD and MPhil general entry and scholarship application processes in addition to mentoring and fostering the academic and personal development of CAEPR’s large cohort of First Nations and non-Indigenous scholars. She is also a highly experienced academic educator and has taught master level courses on issues of First Nations Indigenous Policy and Development for more than a decade.

Research Interests

Indigenous professionals, mobility (class), Indigenous public/civil servants, Indigenous sector-public sector interaction, organisational ethnography, social capital, urban poverty, Torres Strait, development.

Key Publications Lahn, J. (forthcoming). Being Indigenous in the Bureaucracy: narratives of work and exit. International Indigenous Policy Journal 9(1). Lahn J (2014) Non-Indigenous Visions. Arena 132:10-11. [responding to the Forrest Review] Lahn, J. (2014) Indigenous Australian middle classness: expressions, debates, futures, Paper presented at the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences conference panel entitled 'The Future of Class', Tokyo. Lahn, J. (2013) Indigenous Professionals: work, class and culture. CAEPR Working Paper No 89. Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University. Lahn J (2012) Poverty, Work and Social Networks: the role of social capital for Aboriginal People in Urban Australian Locales. Urban Policy and Research 30:1-16. Lahn J (2007) Native Title and the Torres Strait: encompassment and recognition in the Central Islands. In, Smith, B. and F. Morphy (eds), The Social Effects of Native Title: recognition, translation, coexistence, pp.135-149. Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research and ANU E Press, Australian National University.

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