Alfred Deakin Institute
The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) is a leading humanities and social sciences research institute based at Deakin University, Australia. Our researchers aim to understand the complex meanings of citizenship, social inclusion and globalisation, and investigate the imp


Reconciling biological and social Indigeneity in the genomic era

Advances in genomics will have profound impacts on contemporary identities, including Indigeneity. A focus on social processes since the 1970s has left scholarship on Indigenous identity ill-equipped to grapple with the consequences of the genomic era.

This team will develop and test a biosocial model of Indigeneity that will enhance existing knowledge of Indigenous identification as a critical factor in monitoring and improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people. Drawing on multidisciplinary expertise, Indigenous and non-Indigenous investigators will examine biological and social influences on Indigeneity in narratives of self representation and in two fields currently being transformed by genomics: ancestry testing and repatriation.

Project Team

Professor Emma Kowal

Professor Yin Paradies

Associate Professor Cressida Fforde (Australian National University)

Project Funding

This project is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery grant.