Living well with Land Rights
Professor Heidi Norman, Indigenous Land and Justice Research hub, discusses the socio-economic developments on the growing Aboriginal land estate.
Commencing in 2018, Professor Heidi Norman has been working on an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project, investigating the benefits of Aboriginal repossession in NSW titled: The Aboriginal land estate in NSW: opportunities for economic activity.
Over the last 12 months she has been conducting place-based ethnographic field work across NSW to investigate Aboriginal economic activity and Local Aboriginal Land Councils’ approaches to managing lands for economic development and community benefit. Leveraging communal land holdings for economic advancement is a leading public policy objective, yet the benefits of land-based entrepreneurialism in NSW have never been reviewed. The project expects to contribute to improved policy settings, practice, theoretical insights and Aboriginal worlds.
The research has so far revealed a range of findings which will be outlined at this first seminar of the Indigenous Land and Justice Research Hub.