About Dr Deirdre Howard-Wagner
Research interests include: 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.
Dr Howard-Wagner has applied qualitative and quantitative socio-legal research experience, particularly in relation to Indigenous law and personal injury and compensation law. She has been writing a number of papers on the 'national emergency response' declared in the Northern Territory in 2007.
Other research includes a study of changes to the motor vehicle accidents compensation scheme and a study of changes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services. She has taught a number of socio-legal courses, including socio-legal research theory and practice and Indigenous people, issues and the law. She has also presented papers at a number of international socio-legal conferences, for example, considering the public liability crisis as a moral panic, applying whiteness theory to an analysis of native title judgements, and examining the relationship between neo-liberalism and the repositioning of Indigenous rights. Dr Howard-Wagner joined the Department in 2006, and was formerly the Deputy Director of the Justice Policy Research Centre within the School of Law at the University of Newcastle. Prior to that she was worked for the Commonwealth Public Service for eight years, which included working for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Department of the Environment on Indigenous and environmental issues.