Making Indigenous-friendly businesses Chief Investigator (CI)

Making Indigenous-friendly businesses Chief Investigator (CI)

  • Professor Boyd Hunter (
  • Centre for Social Research and Methods (CSRM), The Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia

Australian National University

Project description

The ANU is looking for two Ph.D. candidates to commit to working on an exciting project, “Making Indigenous-friendly businesses’ with leading researchers in Indigenous business and economic and social policy.

The idea is to build on the good track record of Indigenous businesses in employing Indigenous workers to identify best practices. The first Ph.D. candidate would identify what makes Indigenous businesses good employers of Indigenous workers, the second Ph.D. candidate would analyse the extent to which non-Indigenous businesses can adopt the best practice in employing Indigenous workers to improve Indigenous employment.

The first candidate could conduct a series of interviews with Indigenous businesses, their Indigenous employees, and their communities to identify best practice, while the second candidate could collect survey data from a number of businesses and their employees in order to conduct an econometric analysis of the scope to improve workplace environment to make it more Indigenous friendly.

Both Ph.D. candidates will be given the opportunity to work with leading Indigenous scholars in the field who are an integral part of the research team: Professor Dennis Foley (University of Canberra) and Dr. Kerry Bodle (Griffith University). One of the key stakeholders is the National Indigenous Australians Agency, but the research team anticipates working with other key Indigenous organisations, including IBA, Supply Nation, and Indigenous chambers of commerce in relevant states where businesses are based.

ANU seek expressions of interest from Australian Citizens and Australian permanent
Residents. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

They will be selected on the basis of their strength of academic performance, and capacity/
experience in working with Indigenous communities.

Preferred educational background

H2A Honours or equivalent in social science or economic/business disciplines.

About the scholarship

The ANU scholarship offers an indexed living allowance, valued at $28,092 per annum in
2020 dollars, for up to three years with the possibility of a six-month extension. The
successful applicants will be able to complete a Ph.D. in social science or a related field.

The Ph.D. candidate is responsible for making an original contribution to the field and
should explore some of the research questions raised in the project description. The
scholarship will be competitively awarded, available during the relevant research period
only, and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research.

How to submit your expression of interest (EOI)

A statement addressing your suitability for the project and scholarship and a brief CV should be provided. The preferred applicants will be invited to submit a full application on-line.

Closing date: EOIs should be submitted to by 5:00 pm (AESST) on Monday 30 November 2020.


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