Ms Alice Wighton

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


Phone: (02) 6125 0073

Location: Room 2132, Copland Building


Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology/Development Studies), University of Melbourne Honours in Australian Indigenous Studies, University of Melbourne Honour thesis entitled ‘“Knowing” liberalism in the post-colonising Australian context: Indigenous affairs governance and the discursive limits of sovereignty’  

Alice Wighton joined CAEPR as a Research Officer in 2020. Alice has previously held positions at the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, where she contributed to several research projects, including a report into innovations in contemporary Indigenous governance arrangements; an edited volume exploring Indigenous self-determined governance for self-determined development in Canada, Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and the United States; and an audit of governance education and training available for Indigenous people across a range of Australian industry sectors.
Alice’s Honours research problematised and stimulated new ways of thinking about the widespread and largely uncritical use of liberal political reason in Australian Indigenous affairs discourse. Alice maintains her critical interest in liberal systems of thought and knowledge production, and is currently exploring how the contemporary neoliberal university structures students’ engagement with Australian Indigenous Studies. 


Australian Indigenous Governance Institute & Reconciliation Australia. (2018). Strong governance supporting success: Stories and analysis from the 2016 Indigenous Governance Awards (Report prepared by A. Wighton). Australian Indigenous Governance Institute, Canberra.
Smith, D., Delaney, A., Wighton, A., & Cornell, S. (Eds). (In press). Indigenous governance resurgence: International case studies from Australia, Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the United States. In L. Behrendt, S. Bignall, D. Rigney & L. Tuhiwai Smith. (Eds.), Indigenous nations and collaborative futures, Rowman and Littlefield International. 
Wighton, A., & Smith, D. (2018). Common roots, common futures: Indigenous pathways to self-determination. Preliminary report into Indigenous governance education and training in Australia (Preliminary report). Australian Indigenous Governance Institute, Canberra.


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