AIGI Masterclass

Indigenous Nation Building: Theory; Practice and its emergence in Australia’s public policy discourse

Nation Building Project

The Indigenous Nation Building Project is conducted by the Melbourne School of Government, UoM. Running from November 2013 to October 2016, it involves lead researchers from both local and international institutions including; UoM, University of Arizona, UTS, Flinders University, RMIT and Charles Sturt University.

The Indigenous Nation Building Project utilises case analysis to examine Indigenous nation-building by attending it’s logic, organisation, limits, and opportunities. The cluster is designed to engage emerging theory about Indigenous nation-building, provide the ‘raw material’ for hypothesis testing, and inform communities and policy-makers.

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