Dr Deirdre Howard-Wagner

Senior Research Fellow

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6679

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Research interests

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.

Teaching and supervision

Current Teaching:

Note: Currently on a research fellowship until 2016 for the following units of study:

SLSS2601 Socio-Legal Research

SLSS2604 Indigenous Social and Legal Justice

SCLG6916 Indigenous Rights: Global Issues

HRTD6902 Human Rights and Democratisation Research (currently on research fellowship until 2016)

Postgraduate Research Supervisions

Current:

Sarah Ciftci (PhD)

'Aboriginal Care Circles' (Primary Supervisor)

Alexander Page (PhD)

'Indigenous Agency and Australian Governance: A Sociological Investigation into the Relationship between Indigenous People and the Settler-State in the Twenty-First Century Australia' (Primary Supervisor).

Craig Ritchie (PhD)

'Constructions of culture and identity among Aboriginal people and the implications of these for the critical challenges in contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs policy' (Primary Supervisor)

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)

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)

Completions:

Sharon Quah - 'Impact of divorce on self, kinship and friendship in Singapore and Australia' (awarded 2013)

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

Shannon Longhurst, 2012 (Honours)

Aboriginal Child Protection in Victoria and Manitoba ? a qualitative comparative analysis

Emily Perrins, 2012 (Honours)

High Functioning Spectrum Disorder and Policing

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)

Youth Justice

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

Associations

President of the Law and Society Association Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ)

Grants

$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)

Selected Publication Links

Howard-Wagner, D. (2012). Using theory to 'speak back' to neoliberal performativity: the Northern Territory Intervention and the inventing of a neoliberal subject as a case in point. Theorising Indigenous Sociology: Australian Perspectives, Sydney: University of Sydney. Click here to access paper.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2012

  • Indigenous societies, governance and wellbeing: a study of Indigenous community success in addressing disadvantage and promoting wellbeing; Howard-Wagner D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).
  • Law and Society; Beem B, Crofts T, Hendrischke H, Howard-Wagner D, Humphrey M, Lambourne W, Lee M, Macdonald G, Martin G, O'Brien K, O'Malley P, Park S, Piper N, Scott Bray R, Van Krieken R, Winter B; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2011

  • Indigenous online cultural teaching and sharing; Mooney J, Riley-Mundine L, Howard-Wagner D, Sim M, Wain T, Kutay C; Office of Learning and Teaching, Australian Government/Innovation & Development.

2008

  • Study of Northern Territory Intervention; Howard-Wagner D; Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney/FARSS (Faculty of Arts Research Support Scheme).

2007

  • The Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) Scheme - Is it an effective long-term measure for dealing with native title?; Howard-Wagner D; University of Sydney/Early Career Researcher.

2005

  • Study of changes to Aboriginal legal services; Howard-Wagner D; University of Newcastle/Early Career Researcher.
  • Law's Empire Conference; Howard-Wagner D; University of Newcastle/Travel Grant.
  • Law and Society Conference United States; Howard-Wagner D; University of Newcastle/Travel Grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Riley-Mundine, L., Howard-Wagner, D., Mooney, J., Kutay, C. (2013). Embedding Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge in Curriculum at University Level through Aboriginal Community Engagement. In Rhonda G. Craven, Janet Mooney (Eds.), Seeding Success in Indigenous Australian Higher Education (volume 14), (pp. 251-276). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2012). Multiculturalism and Culture as a Technique of Whiteness. In Nicky Falkoff, Oliver Cashman-Brown (Eds.), On Whiteness, (pp. 293-302). Oxford, UK: Interdisciplinary Press.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2010). From Denial to Emergency: Governing Indigenous Communities in Australia. In Didier Fassin, Mariella Pandolfi (Eds.), Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions, (pp. 217-239). New York, NY: Zone Books.
  • 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 Craig Browne and Justine McGill (Eds.), Violence in France and Australia: Disorder in the postcolonial welfare state, (pp. 78-105). Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Journals

  • Ciftci, S., Howard-Wagner, D. (2013). Integrating Indigenous Justice into Alternative Dispute Resolution Practices: A Case Study of the Aboriginal Care Circle Pilot Program in Nowra. Australian Indigenous Law Review, 16(2), 81-98.
  • Kutay, C., Mooney, J., Riley-Mundine, L., Howard-Wagner, D. (2013). Teaching Through Story Mapping. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 9(3), 73-84.
  • Kutay, C., Mooney, J., Riley-Mundine, L., Howard-Wagner, D. (2012). Experiencing Indigenous Knowledge Online as a Community Narrative. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 41(1), 47-59. [More Information]
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2012). Reclaiming the northern territory as a settler-colonial space. Arena Journal, 37/38, 220-240.
  • Howard-Wagner, D., Kelly, B. (2011). Containing Aboriginal Mobility in the Northern Territory: From 'Protectionism' to 'Interventionism'. Law Text Culture, 15(1), 102-134.
  • Howard-Wagner, D., 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, 14(1), 71-85.
  • 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, 14(2), 100-114.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2009). Whiteness, power relations, resistance and the "practical" recognition of Indigenous rights in Newcastle. Theory in Action, 2(1), 40-65.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2008). Legislating Away Indigenous Rights. Law Text Culture, 12, 45-68.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2006). Who are the real heroes and villains: the print media’s role in constructing the public liability crisis as a moral panic drama. Newcastle Law Review, 9(1), 1-22.

Conferences

  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2013). Closing the Gap in Urban Aboriginal Disadvantage: why statistics and a quantitative evidence-based approach alone are limited. The Australian Sociological Association Conference (TASA) 2013: Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Melbourne, Vic: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Riley-Mundine, L., Howard-Wagner, D., Mooney, J., Kutay, C. (2013). The Kinship On-Line Project and Aboriginal Community Engagement. Australian Association for Research in Education Conference 2013 (AARE 2013), Deakin ACT: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2012). Beyond Closing the Gap and Neoliberal Models of Success and Well-being. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2012: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2012), Hawthorn, Victoria: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Howard-Wagner, D., Kutay, C., Riley-Mundine, L., Mooney, J. (2012). Decolonising Sociology Curriculum: using an online immersive learning environment to deliver cross-cultural training. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2012: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2012), Hawthorn, Victoria: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Kutay, C., Riley-Mundine, L., Howard-Wagner, D., Mooney, J. (2012). Teaching Aboriginal Culture Online: sustaining traditions of knowledge sharing. ascilite 2012: Future Challenges|Sustainable Futures, Tugun, Australia: Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Refereed Conference Collection.
  • Kutay, C., Howard-Wagner, D., Riley-Mundine, L., Mooney, J. (2012). Teaching Culture as Social Constructivism. The 11th International Conference on Web-based Learning ICWL 2012, Berlin: Springer Verlag.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2012). Using theory to 'speak back' to neoliberal performativity: the Northern Territory Intervention and the inventing of a neoliberal subject as a case in point. Theorising Indigenous Sociology: Australian Perspectives, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2011). Spaces of Indigenous cultural performance as spaces of resistance. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2011), Newcastle, Australia: University of Newcastle.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2010). Defining Indigenous Rights Activism in Newcastle as a Collective Social Movement. The annual conference of the Australian Sociological Association TASA 2010, Australia: The Australian Sociological Society.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2009). The performance of whiteness: accounts of Aboriginal marginalisation and racism in Newcastle. The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association TASA 2009, Australia: TASA.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2008). Reconciliation as a moral injunction. The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association, Melbourne: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Melville, A., Howard-Wagner, D., Wright, S. (2007). Manufacturing the News. 21st Annual Australian Law and Society Conference.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2007). The pendulum has swung too far­ Howard's argument that separate legislation unfairly privileges Aborigines. 21st Annual Australian Law and Society Conference.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2006). 'Practices of Inclusiveness' in Newcastle: protocols of whiteness, Indigenous protocols and power relations. TASA Conference 2006. Hong Kong Institute of Education.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2006). Legislating away Indigenous rights: an examination of Federal Indigenous law reform since 1996. 23rd Australasian Law & Society Conference.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2006). Neo-liberal rationalities and the end of Indigenous rights in Australia. Law and Society Association Annual Meeting.
  • Howard-Wagner, D., Williams, K. (2005). How white is Australian Law ­the High Court and Native Title Laws. Laws Empire Conference.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2005). Moral panics, the media and the Law ­ the public liability crisis. Moral panics, the media and the Law.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2004). Recognition or Incorporation: have the Australia courts and legislatures really moved any closer toward recognising Indigenous customary law alongside Australias legal system, in recent years? Australian Law Teachers Association, 2004.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2002). The disjunction between a carefully crafted image of pro-Indigenous rights and the reality of ongoing marginalisation for Aboriginal people. Race and Whiteness Conference.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2001). Contemporary racism at the local level. Double Edge Conference.

Report

  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2006). Consolidated Report - User Group perceptions of the MAS and the CARS - Final Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre.
  • Howard-Wagner, D., Dixon, E. (2006). Study Six: CARS claimants perceptions of the CARS ­ Preliminary Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre.
  • Kellehear, S., Howard-Wagner, D., Dixon, E. (2005). Study Five: MAS claimants perceptions of the MAS ­ Preliminary Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre.
  • Howard-Wagner, D., Kellehear, S., Dixon, E. (2005). Study Four: Solicitors perceptions of the MAS and the CARS ­ Preliminary Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2004). Study Three: CTP Insurers perceptions of the MAS and the CARS ­ Preliminary Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre.
  • Howard-Wagner, D., Hazel, G. (2004). Study Two: CARS assessors perceptions of the CARS ­ Preliminary Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre.
  • Howard-Wagner, D., Hazel, G., Wright, S. (2003). Study One: MAS assessors perceptions of the MAS ­ Preliminary Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre.

2013

  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2013). Closing the Gap in Urban Aboriginal Disadvantage: why statistics and a quantitative evidence-based approach alone are limited. The Australian Sociological Association Conference (TASA) 2013: Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Melbourne, Vic: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Riley-Mundine, L., Howard-Wagner, D., Mooney, J., Kutay, C. (2013). Embedding Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge in Curriculum at University Level through Aboriginal Community Engagement. In Rhonda G. Craven, Janet Mooney (Eds.), Seeding Success in Indigenous Australian Higher Education (volume 14), (pp. 251-276). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
  • Ciftci, S., Howard-Wagner, D. (2013). Integrating Indigenous Justice into Alternative Dispute Resolution Practices: A Case Study of the Aboriginal Care Circle Pilot Program in Nowra. Australian Indigenous Law Review, 16(2), 81-98.
  • Kutay, C., Mooney, J., Riley-Mundine, L., Howard-Wagner, D. (2013). Teaching Through Story Mapping. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 9(3), 73-84.
  • Riley-Mundine, L., Howard-Wagner, D., Mooney, J., Kutay, C. (2013). The Kinship On-Line Project and Aboriginal Community Engagement. Australian Association for Research in Education Conference 2013 (AARE 2013), Deakin ACT: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

2012

  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2012). Beyond Closing the Gap and Neoliberal Models of Success and Well-being. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2012: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2012), Hawthorn, Victoria: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Howard-Wagner, D., Kutay, C., Riley-Mundine, L., Mooney, J. (2012). Decolonising Sociology Curriculum: using an online immersive learning environment to deliver cross-cultural training. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2012: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2012), Hawthorn, Victoria: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Kutay, C., Mooney, J., Riley-Mundine, L., Howard-Wagner, D. (2012). Experiencing Indigenous Knowledge Online as a Community Narrative. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 41(1), 47-59. [More Information]
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2012). Multiculturalism and Culture as a Technique of Whiteness. In Nicky Falkoff, Oliver Cashman-Brown (Eds.), On Whiteness, (pp. 293-302). Oxford, UK: Interdisciplinary Press.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2012). Reclaiming the northern territory as a settler-colonial space. Arena Journal, 37/38, 220-240.
  • Kutay, C., Riley-Mundine, L., Howard-Wagner, D., Mooney, J. (2012). Teaching Aboriginal Culture Online: sustaining traditions of knowledge sharing. ascilite 2012: Future Challenges|Sustainable Futures, Tugun, Australia: Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Refereed Conference Collection.
  • Kutay, C., Howard-Wagner, D., Riley-Mundine, L., Mooney, J. (2012). Teaching Culture as Social Constructivism. The 11th International Conference on Web-based Learning ICWL 2012, Berlin: Springer Verlag.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2012). Using theory to 'speak back' to neoliberal performativity: the Northern Territory Intervention and the inventing of a neoliberal subject as a case in point. Theorising Indigenous Sociology: Australian Perspectives, Sydney: University of Sydney.

2011

  • Howard-Wagner, D., Kelly, B. (2011). Containing Aboriginal Mobility in the Northern Territory: From 'Protectionism' to 'Interventionism'. Law Text Culture, 15(1), 102-134.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2011). Spaces of Indigenous cultural performance as spaces of resistance. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2011), Newcastle, Australia: University of Newcastle.

2010

  • Howard-Wagner, D., 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, 14(1), 71-85.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2010). Defining Indigenous Rights Activism in Newcastle as a Collective Social Movement. The annual conference of the Australian Sociological Association TASA 2010, Australia: The Australian Sociological Society.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2010). From Denial to Emergency: Governing Indigenous Communities in Australia. In Didier Fassin, Mariella Pandolfi (Eds.), Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions, (pp. 217-239). New York, NY: Zone Books.
  • 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, 14(2), 100-114.
  • 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 Craig Browne and Justine McGill (Eds.), Violence in France and Australia: Disorder in the postcolonial welfare state, (pp. 78-105). Sydney: Sydney University Press.

2009

  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2009). The performance of whiteness: accounts of Aboriginal marginalisation and racism in Newcastle. The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association TASA 2009, Australia: TASA.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2009). Whiteness, power relations, resistance and the "practical" recognition of Indigenous rights in Newcastle. Theory in Action, 2(1), 40-65.

2008

  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2008). Legislating Away Indigenous Rights. Law Text Culture, 12, 45-68.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2008). Reconciliation as a moral injunction. The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association, Melbourne: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

2007

  • Melville, A., Howard-Wagner, D., Wright, S. (2007). Manufacturing the News. 21st Annual Australian Law and Society Conference.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2007). The pendulum has swung too far­ Howard's argument that separate legislation unfairly privileges Aborigines. 21st Annual Australian Law and Society Conference.

2006

  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2006). 'Practices of Inclusiveness' in Newcastle: protocols of whiteness, Indigenous protocols and power relations. TASA Conference 2006. Hong Kong Institute of Education.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2006). Consolidated Report - User Group perceptions of the MAS and the CARS - Final Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2006). Legislating away Indigenous rights: an examination of Federal Indigenous law reform since 1996. 23rd Australasian Law & Society Conference.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2006). Neo-liberal rationalities and the end of Indigenous rights in Australia. Law and Society Association Annual Meeting.
  • Howard-Wagner, D., Dixon, E. (2006). Study Six: CARS claimants perceptions of the CARS ­ Preliminary Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2006). Who are the real heroes and villains: the print media’s role in constructing the public liability crisis as a moral panic drama. Newcastle Law Review, 9(1), 1-22.

2005

  • Howard-Wagner, D., Williams, K. (2005). How white is Australian Law ­the High Court and Native Title Laws. Laws Empire Conference.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2005). Moral panics, the media and the Law ­ the public liability crisis. Moral panics, the media and the Law.
  • Kellehear, S., Howard-Wagner, D., Dixon, E. (2005). Study Five: MAS claimants perceptions of the MAS ­ Preliminary Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre.
  • Howard-Wagner, D., Kellehear, S., Dixon, E. (2005). Study Four: Solicitors perceptions of the MAS and the CARS ­ Preliminary Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre.

2004

  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2004). Recognition or Incorporation: have the Australia courts and legislatures really moved any closer toward recognising Indigenous customary law alongside Australias legal system, in recent years? Australian Law Teachers Association, 2004.
  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2004). Study Three: CTP Insurers perceptions of the MAS and the CARS ­ Preliminary Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre.
  • Howard-Wagner, D., Hazel, G. (2004). Study Two: CARS assessors perceptions of the CARS ­ Preliminary Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre.

2003

  • Howard-Wagner, D., Hazel, G., Wright, S. (2003). Study One: MAS assessors perceptions of the MAS ­ Preliminary Findings, Justice Policy Research Centre.

2002

  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2002). The disjunction between a carefully crafted image of pro-Indigenous rights and the reality of ongoing marginalisation for Aboriginal people. Race and Whiteness Conference.

2001

  • Howard-Wagner, D. (2001). Contemporary racism at the local level. Double Edge Conference.

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