Research

Our research projects contribute to deepening our understanding of the Indigenous business sector from diverse angles.

The Indigenous Economic Power Project (IEPP)

The project brings together registries of Indigenous businesses for integration into the Australian Bureau of Statistics financial business database called BLADE. We provide Indigenous registry owners (data custodians) with insight into the impact of businesses within their registries.  Working in partnership with the Australian Bureau of Statistics and data custodians, we have created an economic dataset that generates an annual snapshot study, shedding light on Indigenous entrepreneurial activities within each of the registries.

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Our research projects include:

Evaluating the Impact of Indigenous Preferential Procurement Programs

(Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant: LP200300898)

This is a multi-disciplinary, multi-method evaluation of the implementation and impacts of Indigenous preferential procurement programs (IPPPs) on Indigenous businesses, Indigenous communities, procurers’ operations and outcomes, the project aims to highlight ways in which IPPPs can be [re]designed to reduce implementation friction, facilitate access and participation among Indigenous businesses and help guarantee positive effects on Indigenous communities.

Hallmark Work Futures

This project develops our understanding of how work, workplaces and working lives are being shaped by rapid digital and technological change now and into the future. It will bring together leading experts from various disciplines across six faculties and schools within the University to develop common interests across three key areas: (1) the digital distribution of work; (2) the spatial distribution of work; and (3) the social and economic impact of technology on work futures.

Historical frontier violence: drivers, legacy and the role of truth-telling

(ARC Discovery Project: DP220101336)

We identify the historical factors that incited frontier violence; quantify the legacy on communities today and conduct fieldwork to understand how historical trauma is transmitted across generations. This project expects to develop new knowledge on the circumstances and legacy of settlement and the origins of gaps in life prospects between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians contributing to increased public acceptance of the circumstances of settlement and the need to make amends. It should also help increase public support for truth-telling and better relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, a vital step towards reconciliation and healing the nation.

Decolonizing Education: Disrupting and Transforming Racist and Colonial Practices in Post-Secondary Graduate Business Programs

Indigenous peoples are calling upon educational institutions globally to address how racism and colonisation has marginalised Indigenous knowledge systems, ways of knowing and ways of being. This project is a collaboration between post-secondary institutions in the Indigenous territories of Turtle Island (Canada and the United States), Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Australia to investigate how graduate business schools are working with Indigenous peoples to promote Indigenous business student success.

Indigenous Social Mobility - Wealthing out of Identity? Indigenous Peoples, Cities and Social Mobility

We will document and measure key indicators of intergenerational social mobility; re-measure Indigenous and non-Indigenous social and cultural capital (connections to community and culture), and business performance at a second point in time; and assess the impact of intergenerational social mobility on these forms of capital. The research will also survey a cross-sectional sample of Indigenous entrepreneurs across Australia on forms of capital and social mobility characteristics.

Associate Professor Michelle Evans
Director, Dilin Duwa Centre for Indigenous Business Leadership

Indigenous businesses are vibrant and operate in every sector of the economy.  But very little is known about them.  Our research will bridge this data gap and provide an understanding of the sector, the levers and its impact.