Engaging Indigenous Economy Conference

The Engaging Indigenous Economy: Debating Diverse Approaches Conference will explore many of the key debates and ongoing challenges in Indigenous economic development. It brings together diverse perspectives on relevant public policy, insights from empirical studies and examination of key issues in employment, property rights and development theory.

The conference coincides with the retirement from CAEPR of its founding Director, Professor Jon Altman. Since the late 1970s Jon has researched Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economic practices. His work has included extensive periods in the field (primarily in west Arnhem Land) and quantitative analysis using official statistics; it has been both comparative and longitudinal, methodologically open and conceptually innovative, policy pertinent and politically combative.

The two day conference program will feature over 40 speakers who will engage with many of the themes on which Professor Altman has written. These include the following:

Comparative modern hunter-gatherer studies
Economic hybridity and alternate development
Employment and labour markets
Land rights and native title
Sustainable land-based indigenous livelihoods
Neo-liberalism or the return of the Guardian State?

A bibliography of Professor Altman's work on these and other important topicsâ€"spanning academic publications, submissions to parliamentary inquiries and key opinion editorialsâ€"is available from the CAEPR website. Just as Professor Altman has engaged in robust debate over many years we encourage conference participants to do the same.