Mr Geoff Buchanan

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


Phone: (02) 6125 3889

Location: Room 2137, Copland Building


BBus QUTBSc (Hons) GriffithMGeogSc ANU

Geoff Buchanan is a Research Fellow at CAEPR working on a collaborative research project lead by Mandy Yap with the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC) titled Strong Culture, Strong Places, Strong Families Research & Evaluation Collaboration.

Previously Geoff was a Senior Policy Officer (Research and Data) at ACTCOSS supporting sector engagement in the development of an industry plan for the community services sector in the ACT. His responsibilities were sector policy and homelessness. 

Geoff has over a decade of policy research experience, having worked at the Australian National University and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies before joining ACTCOSS. He has a multidisciplinary social science background with a focus on social policy and economics and has completed a Master of Geographical Science at the ANU. He has a longstanding research interest in the relationships between the community, government and market sectors.


Buchanan, G. (forthcoming). ‘From Samoa to CAEPR via Mumeka: the hybrid economy comes of age’, in W Sanders (ed.) Engaging Indigenous economy: debating diverse approaches, CAEPR Research Monograph No. 35, ANU Press, Canberra. Buchanan, G. 2015. ‘Gender and generation in native title: director demographics and the future of prescribed bodies corporate’, Land, Rights, Laws: Issues of Native Title, 6 (3): 1-18. Buchanan, G. 2014. ‘Hybrid economy research in remote Indigenous Australia: seeing and supporting the customary in community food economies’, Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 19 (1): 10-32. Altman, J.C., Biddle, N. and Buchanan, G. 2012. 'The Indigenous hybrid economy: can the NATSISS adequately recognise difference?', in B. Hunter and N. Biddle (eds), Survey analysis for Indigenous policy in Australia: social science perspectives, CAEPR Research Monograph No. 32, ANU E Press, Canberra. Buchanan, G. and May, K. 2012. 'Indigenous rangers and the customary economy', in J.C. Altman and S. Kerins (eds), People on country, vital landscapes, Indigenous futures, Federation Press, Sydney. Jordan, K., Bulloch, H. and Buchanan, G. 2010. 'Statistical equality and cultural difference in Indigenous wellbeing frameworks: a new expression of an enduring debate', Australian Journal of Social Issues, 45 (3): 333-362. Buchanan, G., Altman, J.C., Arthur, W.S., Oades, D. and the Bardi Jawi Rangers. 2009. Always part of us': the socioeconomics of Indigenous customary use and management of dugong and marine turtles-a view from Bardi Jawi sea country, Western Australia, North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Knowledge Series 001, NAILSMA, Darwin. Altman, J.C., Jordan, K., Kerins, S., Buchanan, G., Biddle, N., Ens, E. and May, K. 2009. 'Indigenous interests in land and water', in CSIRO, Northern Australia land and water science review 2009, Full report, CSIRO and Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce, Canberra. Altman, J.C., Buchanan, G. and Larsen, L. 2007. The environmental significance of the Indigenous estate: natural resource management as economic development in remote Australia, CAEPR Discussion Paper No. 286, CAEPR, ANU, Canberra.   Altman, J., Buchanan, G. and Biddle, N. 2006. 'Measuring the "real" Indigenous economy in remote Australia using NATSISS 2002', Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 9 (1): 17-32.

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