Dr Deirdre Howard-Wagner
+61 2 9351 6679
Senior Lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies
Indigenous social and legal justice; Indigenous rights in law, policy and practice; whiteness, power relations and resistance; sociology of whiteness, race and racism; terrorism and miscarriages of justice; terrorism and liberty and security; citizenship, refugees and the right to have rights; localised crime management, alcohol related crime and young adults.
Other offices held:
Executive Member, Law and Society Association Australia and New Zealand, Coordinator – Sociology of Indigenous issues thematic group – The Australia Sociological Association (TASA)
SLSS2601 Socio-Legal Research
SLSS2604 Indigenous Social and Legal Justice
SCLG6916 Indigenous Rights – Global Issues
HRTD6902 Human Rights and Democratisation Research
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher (2012-2014) Aboriginal societies, governance and wellbeing: a study of Aboriginal community success in addressing disadvantage and promoting wellbeing ($325,000)
OTC Grant (former ALTC) (Innovation and Development) - Indigenous online cultural teaching and sharing ($220,000)
Project team - Dr Janet Mooney (Project Leader), Ms Lynette Riley, Associate Professor Moira Sim, Toni Wain, Dr Deirdre Howard-Wagner, Dr Cat Kutay
$8,000 – Study of Northern Territory Intervention – University of Sydney FARSS Grant awarded June 2008. Chief Investigator: Dr D Howard-Wagner
$15,000 - Study of Indigenous Land Use Agreement Scheme (ILUAs) effectiveness as a long-term measure for dealing with native title - University of Sydney R and D Grant awarded November 2006. Chief Investigator: Dr D Howard-Wagner
$8,000 – Study of changes to Aboriginal legal services – University of Newcastle Early Career Researcher Grant awarded June 2005. Chief Investigator: Dr D Howard-Wagner
$560,000 – Evaluation of user group perceptions of the Medical Assessment Scheme and Claims Advisory and Resolution Service established under the Motor Accident Compensation Act 1999 (NSW). Chief Investigators: Professor T Wright and Dr D Howard-Wagner (January 2004 - July 2006)
Postgraduate Research Supervisions
Jeff Ryan (PhD)
'Reclaiming Lost Ground: Indigenous sovereignty and resistance against the Northern Territory Intervention' (Primary Supervisor)
Mary Winter (PhD)
'The Australian Country Movement: Reality and Fantasy' (Primary Supervisor)
Nu Nguyet Ahn Nguyen (Doctorate of Social Science)
'Vietname-South Korea Transnational Labour Migration: Determinants of Mobility and Cross-cultural Experiences' (Primary Supervisor)
Clement Girault (PhD)
'Revolutions Per Minute: the Political Economy of Australian Music in the Age of Digital Reproduction (Primary Supervisor)
Sharon Quah (PhD)
'Impact of divorce on self, kinship and friendship in Singapore and Australia' (Associate Supervisor)
Muna Alghuraibi (PhD)
'The Role of Social Capital in the formation and activation of civil society organisations in Saudi Arabia' (Associate Supervisor)
Olga Oleinikova (PhD)
'International migration and social transformation' (Associate Supervisor)
Doris Alexius – 'Corporate Social Responsibility in Malaysian Private Higher Education system' (awarded Doctorate of Business Administration 2009)
Sharon Rathley- Kulu - ‘The Settlement of Family Law Disputes Before the Courts in Papua New Guinea: Is there a need for reform?’ (awarded LLM 2005)
Honours, Master by Coursework Thesis and Internship Research Supervision
Sarah Ciftci, 2011 (Honours)
Alternative Dispute Resolution and Principles of Indigenous Social and Legal Justice in Child Welfare Policy: The Care Circle Pilot
Lucy Baird Privett, 2011 (Honours)
Knowledges of Indigenous Cultural Heritage Protection in Australia
Alex Kilpatrick, 2011 (Internship)
The Reconciliation Council and Constitutional Recognition
Benjamin Kelly, 2010 (Masters)
An investigation into the relationship between historical narratives and non-Indigenous resistance to Indigenous self-determination
Carolyn Monk, 2010 (Internship)
Julie-Anne Bassinden (Internship)
Northern Territory Council reforms and Indigenous self-determination
Julian Boswell (Internship)
Aboriginal Land Councils and Cultural Awareness Training
Matthew Hatton, 2008 (Honours)
The Relationship between Policy and Discourse: The Case of the Northern Territory National Emergency Response
Mehal Krahem, 2008 (Honours)
Issues of Crime, Demonisation and Identity in Young, Muslim Australians
Julie Yeo, 2007 (Honours)
Media Representations of Sydney Gang Rapes
Amy Maguire, 2005 (Honours)
Whiteness and Native Title
Howard-Wagner, D. (2010) ‘From State of Denial to State of Emergency: Governing Australian Indigenous communities through the exception’, in D. Fassin and M. Pandolfi (eds.) Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions, Zone Publishing, New York: 217-240.
Howard-Wagner, D. (2010) ‘The state’s ‘intervention’ in Indigenous affairs in the Northern Territory: governing the Indigenous population through violence, abuse and neglect’, in C. Browne and J. McGill (eds.) Violence and the Post-Colonial Welfare State in France and Australia, University of Sydney Press, Sydney.
Howard-Wagner, D. & Kelly, B. (2011) ‘Containing Aboriginal Mobility in the Northern Territory: from protectionism to interventionism’, Under the Eye of the Law: Mobile Peoples in the Pacific, Seuffert, N., & Kukutai, T. (eds.) Law, Text, Culture, Vol. 15: 102-134.
Howard-Wagner, D (2010) ‘Scrutinising ILUAS in the context of Agreement Making as a Panacea for Poverty and Welfare Dependency in Indigenous Communities’, Australian Indigenous Law Review, Vol. 14(2): 100-114.
Howard-Wagner, D. and Maguire A. (2010) ‘‘The Holy Grail’ or ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’?: A Qualitative Exploration of the ILUAs Agreement-Making Process and the Relationship Between ILUAs and Native Title’, Australian Indigenous Law Review Vol.14(1).
Howard-Wagner, D. (2009) ‘Whiteness, power relations, resistance and the practical recognition of Indigenous rights in Newcastle’, in Theory in Action, US Journal of Transformative Studies, Volume 2 (1): 40-65.
Howard-Wagner, D. (2008) ‘Legislating Away Indigenous Rights’, Luke McNamara (ed), The Protection of Law, Law Text Culture, Volume 12, December 2008: 45-68.
Howard-Wagner, D. (2008) Who Are the Real 'Heroes' and 'Villains': The Print Media's Role in Constructing the 'Public Liability Crisis' as a 'Moral Panic Drama', The Newcastle Law Review, Vol. 10, No. 1: 69-90.
Howard-Wagner, D. (2007) ‘Restoring social order through tackling “passive welfare”: the statutory intent of the Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007 (Cth) and Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Act 2007 (Cth)’ in Current Issues in Criminal Justice Journal, Vol 19. No. 2, November 2007.
Refereed Conference Papers
Howard-Wagner, D. (2011) 'Spaces of Indigenous Cultural Performance as Spaces of Resistance', in S Threadgold, E Kirby & J Germov (eds.), Local Lives/Global Networks, ISBN 978-0-646-56779-2
Howard-Wagner, D. (2010) ‘Defining Indigenous rights activism in Newcastle as a collective social movement’, in Social Causes, Private Lives, The Australian Sociological Association Refereed Conference Proceedings, December 2010. PDF: Defining Indigenous right activism
Howard-Wagner, D. (2009) ‘The Performance of Whiteness: Accounts of Aboriginal marginalisation and racism in Newcastle’, in Stewart Lockie, David Bissell, Alastair Greig, Maria Hynes, David Marsh, Larry Saha, Joanna Sikora and Dan Woodman (Eds.) The Future of Sociology, The Australian Sociological Association Refereed Conference Proceedings, December 2009. ISBN 978-0-646-52501-3. PDF: The Performance of Whiteness
Howard-Wagner, D. (2008) ‘Reconciliation as a Moral Injunction’, in Re-imagining Sociology, TASA Reference Conference Proceedings, 2-5 December 2008, Melbourne, Australia. PDF: Reconciliation as Moral Injuction
Howard-Wagner, D. (2007) ‘The Denial of Separate Rights: Political Rationalities and Technologies Governing Indigenous Affairs as Practices of Whiteness’, in TASA and SAANZ Joint Conference Refereed Conference Proceedings – Public Sociologies: Lessons and Trans-Tasman Comparisons, 4-7 December 2007, Auckland, New Zealand. PDF: Denial of Privilege
Howard-Wagner, D. (2007) ‘Colonialism and the Science of Race Difference’, in TASA and SAANZ Joint Conference Refereed Conference Proceedings – Public Sociologies: Lessons and Trans-Tasman Comparisons, 4-7 December 2007, Auckland, New Zealand. PDF: Colonialism and the Science of Race Difference
Howard-Wagner, D. (2006) ‘Practices of Inclusiveness’ in Newcastle: protocols of whiteness, Indigenous protocols and power relations’, The Australian Sociological Association Refereed Conference Proceedings, December 2006. PDF: Practices of Inclusiveness
Other conference papers/Seminar presentations
Howard-Wagner, D. & Ciftci, S. (2011) Aboriginal Care Circles and the Rituals of Law, paper presented at Ceremonies of Law, Annual Conference of the Law and Society Association Australian and New Zealand, Wollongong December 2011.
Howard-Wagner, D. (2011) Mutliculturalism and Culture as a Technique of Whiteness, paper presesented at 1st Global Conference Whiteness: Exploring Critical Issues, Oxford July 2011.
Howard-Wagner, D. (2010) ‘The Retreat from Self-Determination’, Critic and Conscience, Law and Society Australia and New Zealand Association Annual Conference, University of Victoria, Wellington 8-10 December 2010
Howard-Wagner, D. & Kelly, B. (2010) ‘An historical moment or history repeating itself?: the Northern Territory Intervention and the regulation and control of Indigenous Australians’, Under the Eye of the Law: Mobile Peoples in the Pacific Symposium, University of Waikato, 3 December 2010
Howard-Wagner, D. (2010) ‘Toward a micro-ethnography of young adults and alcohol-related crime in inner Newcastle’, TASA Ethnography, Crime and Governance Workshop, Sydney Law School, June 2010, Sydney, Australia.
Howard-Wagner, D. (2010) An Innovative Way to Teach Statistics (without the Mathematics), International Social Sciences Conference, June 2010, Hawaii, United States of America.
Howard-Wagner, D. (2010) ‘Refugees in Australian Discourses, Politics and the Law in the Howard Years’, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University, October 2009.
Howard-Wagner, D. (2009) From State of Denial to State of Emergency: governing Indigenous communities in Australia, Department of Sociology, University College Dublin, 22 September 2009.
Howard-Wagner, D. (2009) Limiting Human Rights: the shaping of citizenship in society, politics and law, Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster, Belfast, 25 September 2009.
Howard-Wagner, D. (2009) Paradox, challenge or a bastion of territorial sovereignty?: citizenship, the nation-state, and human rights, School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast, 30 September 2009.
Howard-Wagner, D. and Maguire, A. (2008) ‘Indigenous Land Use Agreements: A Double Edged Sword’, ‘W(h)ither Human Rights’, Law and Society Australia and New Zealand Association Annual Conference, December 2008, Sydney, Australia.
Howard-Wagner, D (2008) ‘The normalisation of alcohol related crime and risk related behaviour among young adults’, Re-imagining Sociology, TASA Refereed Conference Proceedings, 2-5 December 2008, Melbourne, Australia.
Howard-Wagner, D. and Rosenberg, M. (2007) ‘Guilt, torture, terror and the loss of liberty’, in Marking Sites of Analysis, Discipline, Interrogation, in Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference Presentations, December
2007, Melbourne, Australia.
Howard-Wagner, D. (2007) ‘Beyond Citizenship: securing state borders and diminishing human rights’, in Securitising Migration: State Security or Human Security Workshop, 19 October 2007, University of Sydney.
Howard-Wagner, D. (2007) ‘State in Denial to National Emergency (Part I) – Governing the Indigenous population through responses to violence and child sexual abuse in Indigenous communities’, in Violence and the Post Colonial Welfare State in France and Australia, Workshop Proceedings, October 18 2007, University of Sydney.
Howard-Wagner, D. (2007) ‘The market is the only thing that is universal: the containing and remapping of Indigenous rights’, Paper presented at International Conference Law and Society in the 21st Century, Joint Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association and the Research Committee on Sociology of Law, Humboldt University Berlin, July 25-28, 2007.
Howard-Wagner, D (2006) ‘Legislating away Indigenous rights: an examination of Federal Indigenous law reform since 1996’, the Australian and New Zealand Law and Society Conference, December 2006.
Howard-Wagner, D (2006) Neo-liberal rationalities and the end of Indigenous rights in Australia, Paper presented at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting 2006 Baltimore, Maryland USA
Howard, D. (2005) ‘Moral panics, the media and the Law – the public liability crisis’, Symposium Moral panics, the media and the Law, Newcastle University, 28-30 September 2005.
Howard, D and Williams, K (2005) ‘How white is Australian Law – the High Court and Native Title’ Law’s Empire Conference, Canadian Law and Society Conference, British Columbia, June 2005.
Howard, D. (2004) ‘Recognition or Incorporation: have the Australia courts and legislatures really moved any closer toward recognising Indigenous customary law alongside Australia’s legal system, in recent years?”, Crossing Boundaries – Australian Law Teachers Association Conference 2004, 8-11 July, Darwin, Australia.
Howard, D. (2004) Who are the real ‘heroes’ and ‘villains’: the print media’s role in constructing the ‘public liability crisis’ as a ‘moral panic drama’, Socio-legal Studies Association Annual Conference 2004, 6-8 April 2004, at the School of Law, Glasgow, Scotland. Invited to submit the paper to the British Journal of Law and Society, Blackwell Publishing.
Howard-Wagner D (2006) Consolidated Report - User Group perceptions of the MAS and the CARS - Final Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre. Tabled in NSW Legislative Council Law and Justice Committee in October 2006.
Howard-Wagner D and Dixon, E. (2006) Study Six: CARS claimants’ perceptions of the CARS – Preliminary Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre. Tabled in NSW Legislative Council Law and Justice Committee in June 2006.
Kellehear, S., Howard, D. and Dixon, E. (2005) Study Five: MAS claimants’ perceptions of the MAS – Preliminary Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre. Tabled in NSW Legislative Council Law and Justice Committee in June 2006.
Howard, D., Kellehear, S., and Dixon, E. (2005) Study Four: Solicitors’ perceptions of the MAS and the CARS – Preliminary Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre. Tabled in the NSW Legislative Council Law and Justice Committee in June 2006.
Howard, D. (2004) Study Three: CTP Insurers’ perceptions of the MAS and the CARS – Preliminary Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre. Tabled in NSW Legislative Council Law and Justice Committee in March 2005.
Howard, D. and Hazel, G. (2004) Study Two: CARS assessors’ perceptions of the CARS – Preliminary Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre. Tabled in the NSW Legislative Council Law and Justice Committee in March 2005.
Howard, D., Hazel, G., and Wright, T. (2004) Study One: MAS assessors’ perceptions of the MAS – Preliminary Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre. Tabled in NSW Legislative Council Law and Justice Committee in March 2005.