Talia Avrahamzon

Research activity per year

Personal profile

Researcher's projects

Talking back to everyday reconciliation and racism 

Self-determination in First Nation disability policy development and service delivery 

Available student projects

Am open to supervising HDR students projects related to:

Race, racism, anti-racism, intercultural understanding - individual and organisations

Children's rights and participation in research

Indigenous Education

Social Policy

Disability Policy

Culturally informed and responsive policy development and implementation, and evaluations


PhD (ANU); MSD International Social Development (UNSW) ; BA (USyd)


Talia is a research fellow at CAEPR whose multi-disciplinary research interests include racism and prejudice development; intercultural understanding and antiracism - at an individual and organisational level; culturally informed and responsive education and social policy design, implementation and evaluation; reconciliation and recognition; contested and difficult histories; ethnography and storytelling; and children's agency. She is committed to particpatory research methodologies that centre the priorities of, be led by, and engage with First Nation peoples and communities.  

Her PhD research focussed on everyday reconciliation in the education system and explored how reconciliation was (re)constructed in education at the policy, school and classroom levels as well as through the perspectives of children in two primary schools.  

Throughout her PhD, Talia was involved in the ANU’s College of Arts and Social Sciences Reconciliation Action Plan committee, and co-organised conferences, seminar series and workshops, including between the Australian Public Service and academia. Talia has presented at national and International conferences, and has been a visiting scholar at Queens University, Belfast and Victoria University, Wellington. 

In 2019, Talia worked on a project within the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences exploring transformative reconciliation through organisational cultural change.  She co-convened the Indigenous Studies first year undergraduate course in 2019 and 2020.

Talia undertook her PhD as a Sir Roland Wilson Scholar, and currently maintains a role in the public service as a researcher in residence focussing on First Nation priorities and engagement in disability policy and delivery and as a Research Fellow at CAEPR. In 2018 she was awarded the Joan Uhr Prize for her contributions to public policy and research. 



Research interests

Reconciliation and recognition; contested and difficult histories; whiteness, racism and prejudice development; intercultural understanding and antiracism; organisational culture and intercultural capabilities; children's agency; education; ethnography.

Expertise Areas

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
  • Organisation and Management Theory
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy
  • Public Policy
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Sociology of Education