The Lead Team
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University has been appointed to assist Aboriginal communities
to take part in the conversations about
OCHRE. The team are independent of NSW Government and independent of any government
If you want to contact the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research team, email Francis Markham at
call 02 6125 0483.
The team members are:
Professor Heidi Norman
Strategic Advisor and Reviewer Heidi Norman will work closely with Tony, particularly on innovative co-design processes and
with the personal and professional development of community based researchers.
Heidi is a Gomeroi woman based in the School of Communication at the University of Technology Sydney, and is the Convenor of the Indigenous
Land and Justice Research Hub.
Heidi is a leading researcher in the field of Australian Aboriginal political history. Her research sits in the field of history and draws
on the cognate disciplines anthropology, political-economy, cultural studies and political theory. She has made significant contributions to
understanding of Aboriginal social, cultural, economic and political history where she addresses questions of power in relation to
Aboriginal citizens, the state and settler society and Aboriginal land justice.
In 2015, Heidi published a political history of Aboriginal land rights in NSW titled 'What Do We Want? A Political History of Aboriginal
Land Rights in NSW'. In this first-ever study of land rights in NSW she documents the movement for land rights, how the laws changed
relationships between Aboriginal people, the state and one another. She is currently undertaking a large ARC-funded study of the social,
economic and cultural benefits of Aboriginal land repossession in NSW.
She is an award-winning researcher and teacher, and was the inaugural Gough Whitlam Research Fellow in 2017-18. In 2018 she was selected as a
'Top 5' humanities researcher by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
Dr Mandy Yap
Field Researcher & Data Analyst Mandy Yap will play roving roles across sites, continuing the conversations with
communities and contributing to written reports. With Yonatan Dinku, she will be responsible for the quantitative data aspects of the
project, including analysing program administrative data and collating and analysing quantitative data from other sources.
Mandy is a Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at the ANU. Prior to joining the ANU, Mandy worked the
National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling.
Since 2013, Mandy has worked in partnership with the Yawuru community in Broome to co-develop culturally-relevant indicators of Indigenous
wellbeing. Her wellbeing research has involved Yawuru decision-making throughout the entire process of the research, including developing a
long-term research partnership with community researcher Eunice Yu. The Yawuru community have co-designed and co-produced the research
throughout the process, from research content to survey design and data collection.
Mandy is co-authoring a forthcoming book, Indigenous peoples and the capability approach, to be published by Routledge. She has an
interest in measures of quality of life, with a particular focus on methodologies surrounding selection and weighting of composite measures
of wellbeing which reflect the lived experiences and perspectives of individuals and communities.
Dr Kirrily Jordan
Field Researcher Kirrily Jordan will be involved in continuing the conversations with communities and contributing to
Kirrily is a political economist, visual artist and Research Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR). She is
committed to research methodologies that emphasise collaboration with First Nations peoples, including Participatory Action Research and Art
as Social Practice. Her research interests lie at the intersections of politics, community development and art, including in the potential
of visual, participatory and community arts to draw attention to policy problems and point the way to a more just future.
Her research at CAEPR over 10 years has included policy analysis and evaluation focussed on the Australian Government’s approach to ‘work,’
‘welfare’ and 'community development' for Australia’s First Nations, including the CDEP and CDP schemes and new forms of welfare
conditionality. Informed by this research, Kirrily is also interested in the ways in which First Nations peoples are working towards social,
political and economic change on their own terms, including through self-determined development and the use of visual and performing arts to
raise awareness and advocate for improved policy-making.
Dr Yonatan Dinku
Field Researcher & Data Analyst Yonatan Dinku will play roving roles across sites, particularly where gender balance is
important, continuing the conversations with communities and contributing to written reports. With Mandy Yap, he will be responsible for the
quantitative data aspects of the project, including analysing program administrative data and collating and analysing quantitative data from
Yonatan has worked as a researcher at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) since obtaining a PhD in Economics from the
University of Otago in 2018. Prior to that, he completed a Masters in International and Development Economics at the Australian National
University. Yonatan worked as a teaching fellow for seven years at the Department of Economics, Bahir Dar University, serving as the head of
the department from 2009 to 2011. During his tenure, Yonatan oversaw all aspects of academic and administrative activities in the
department, including research and teaching strategy, curriculum development, budgeting and recruitment. At the University of Otago, Yonatan
taught Introductory Econometrics among other economics courses. Yonatan's research interests lie in the areas of human development,
development economics and applied microeconomics.