Dr Elizabeth Strakosch

Senior Lecturer

School of Political Science and International Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 53103


Elizabeth Strakosch is a senior lecturer in public policy and governance, and her work focuses on Indigenous policy, colonialism, political relationships, bureaucracy and new public management. Her research explores the connections between political relationships and policy systems in Australia and other settler contexts. contexts. Elizabeth is a non-Indigenous scholar who aims to carry out politically located research that respects Indigenous sovereignty.

She completed her PhD in political science at the University of Queensland in 2011, and worked as a research fellow on a multi-site study of performance measurement in Australian social policy. In 2013, she took up an early career fellowship at the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney, and in 2014 joined the School of Political Science and International Studies at UQ.

She is author of Neoliberal Indigenous Policy: Settler Colonialism and the ‘Post-Welfare’ State, and co-editor of the forthcoming volume Bureaucratic Occupation: Government and First Nations Peoples. In 2020 her AJPS article, “The technical is political: settler colonialism and the Indigenous policy system” won the APSA Mayer Journal Prize. She is currently working with colleagues at the University of Melbourne on the ARC project Revitalising Indigenous-State Relations, and developing a comparative study of Australian and US Indigenous policy relationships.

Research Interests

  • Australian Indigenous policy
    Post- self-determination era approaches to Indigenous policy; settler political identity; institutional approaches to Indigenous issues.
  • Public policy processes and institutions
    Contemporary governance and policy techniques; New Public Management and beyond; bureaucratic cultures; forms and political impacts of policy knowledge.
  • Contemporary political theory
    Settler colonialism; contemporary sovereignty; links between policy and construction of national identities, racial and social categories.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts with Class Honours Class I, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Strakosch, Elizabeth (2016). Beyond colonial completion: Arendt, settler colonialism and the end of politics. The limits of settler colonial reconciliation: non-Indigenous people and the responsibility to engage. (pp. 15-33) edited by Sarah Maddison, Tom Clark and Ravi de Costa. Singapore, Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-2654-6_2

  • Strakosch, Elizabeth (2015). Settler fantasies. Courting Blakness: Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University. (pp. 100-109) edited by Fiona Foley, Louise Martin-Chew and Fiona Nicoll. St Lucia, QLD, Australia: University of Queensland Press.

  • Strakosch, Elizabeth (2014). Politics of indigenous development. The Politics of Development: A Survey. (pp. 49-68) edited by Heloise Weber. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203804919-8

  • Strakosch, Elizabeth (2014). Stories of beginnings and endings: settler colonial memorials in Australia. Memorials in Times of Transition. (pp. 125-148) edited by Susanne Buckley-Zistel and Stefanie Schäfer. Cambridge: Intersentia.

  • Strakosch, E. (2007). Australia. The Indigenous World 2007. (pp. 246-253) edited by Stidson, Sille. Copenhagen, Denmark: Eks-Skolens Trykkeri.

  • Strakosch, E. (2006). Australia. The Indigenous World 2006. (pp. 232-240) edited by Stidsen, Sille. Copenhagen, Denmark: Eks-Skolens Trykkeri.

  • Strakosch, E. and Jull, P. S. (2005). Australia. The Indigenous World 2005. (pp. 233-241) edited by Diana Vinding and Sille Stidsen. Copenhagen, Denmark: The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs.

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Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision