Dr Morgan Harrington

Dr Morgan Harrington

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

Email: morgan.harrington@anu.edu.au

Phone: (02) 6125 2212

Location: Room 2161, Copland Building

Morgan is an ethnographer and social researcher who has worked on multiple projects within and beyond academia. Prior to joining the CAEPR team he held positions as a Research Fellow at the National Library of Australia, as a lecturer in anthropology and development studies, and as a ‘Working-on-Country’ manager for the Ngaanyatjarra Land Council. As Research Manager for social research consultancy LocuSAR, Morgan participated in projects conducted with the Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation in East Arnhem Land, and the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation, including their native title claim to Port Augusta.

Morgan was awarded his PhD in anthropology from the University of Melbourne in 2014. His thesis analysed social and environmental change among the Siang Dayak of Indonesia’s Central Kalimantan Province during a time of rapid industrial development. Prior to obtaining his PhD, Morgan worked as a journalist in India and Indonesia. He is interested in combining academic research with engaging narrative.

Areas of Expertise

· Social and Cultural anthropology

· Development studies

· Kinship and social organisation

· Land tenure in Indigenous societies

· Critical understandings of modernity

· Indigenous participation in elections

· The social impacts of mining

· Changing modes of cultural and social reproduction

· Subjectivity and intercultural positionality

  • ‘OCHRE LDM Stage 2 Accords Negotiation Evaluation’, co-author of two independent reports commissioned by Aboriginal Affairs New South Wales, 2022
  • ‘First Nations organisations and strategies of disruption and resistance to settler-colonial governance in Australia’, co-authored chapter in the edited volume Social Suffering in the Neoliberal Age: State Power, Logics and Resistance, Routledge 2022
  • ‘Rethinking diversity beyond catalogue representation’, Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association, Vol. 70, 2021
  • Book review of Tess Lee’s ‘Wild Policy’, Oceania, Vol. 90, Issue 2, July 2021
  • ‘Take My Breath Away: Transformations in the Practices of Relatedness and Intimacy through Australia’s 2019–2020 Convergent Crises’, co-authored article in Anthropology in Action, Vol. 27, Issue 2, 2020
  • Australia Institute Discussion Paper, ‘An Own Coal: Indonesia’s National Energy Plan’, 2017
  • In Press (2022) ‘Indonesian Land Laws and Small-Holder Rights in Central Kalimantan,’ to appear in Farmer Innovations and Best Practices by Shifting Cultivators in Asia-Pacific
  • ‘The Ethnohistory of the Siang of Murung Raya’, The Borneo Research Bulletin, Vol. 45, 2015
  • ‘‘Hanging by Rubber’: How cash threatens the agricultural systems of the Siang Dayak’, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, Vol. 16, Issue 5, 2015
  • Book review of Eben Kirksey’s ‘Freedom in Entangled Worlds’, The Australian Journal of Anthropology, Volume 23, Issue 3, 2012

· Research Fellow, ARC Discovery Project: ‘NPM, Aboriginal organisations and Indigenous rights’ (2020 – 2021)

· Research Fellow, ARC Linkage Project: ‘Representing Multicultural Australia in National and State Libraries’ (2018 - 2019)

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