Dr Annick Thomassin

Research Fellow, College of Arts and Social Sciences
PhD Anthropology McGill; M.A. Anthropology Laval; B.A. Anthropology, Laval

Dr Annick Thomassin has over 16-year experience in the field of anthropology, political ecology and political economy working across a range of topics including co-management of natural resources, social exclusion policies and Indigenous-driven development.

Her research and studies have largely focused on the political structures and mechanisms that contribute to making Indigenous/minority groups’ perspectives invisible. She has notably work at documenting and theorising a range of conflicts and collaborations underpinning fisheries management arrangements involving Indigenous/minority groups and central governments.

Her PhD research explored how specific standpoints on marine territories ownership, resource management and economic development informing fisheries management structure impede genuine dialogues and collaborations between the Torres Strait Islanders and the Commonwealth government.

She is the primary investigator of the Seachange: Aboriginal marine pathways to social inclusion, a grassroots, research-action project developed in collaboration with Mogo and Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Councils. This project aims at co-developing new research methodologies combining biological and cultural knowledge and data.

Annick is currently a research fellow at CAEPR working with Associate Dr Kirrily Jordan and Dr Mandy Yap. She is also currently exploring the question of Indigenous Life Projects with a particular focus on the restoration and maintenance of Indigenous fisheries and environmental stewardship in urban spaces.

Research interests

  • Indigenous people-settler relations;
  • Indigenous development alternatives and life projects;
  • Co-management;
  • Governance systems and paradigms;
  • Sovereignties;
  • Political ecology/political ontology;
  • Decolonising methodologies;
  • Indigenous knowledge systems;
  • Indigenous cultural and natural management;
  • Urban/peri-urban fisheries and environmental stewardship;
  • Marine Fisheries Management;
  • Small-scale fisheries;
  • Neo-colonialism and Indigenous peoples;
  • Maritime Anthropolgy
  • Thomassin, A, Neale, T & Weir, J 2019, 'The natural hazard sector's engagement with Indigenous peoples: a critical review of CANZUS countries', Geographical Research, vol. 57, no. 2, pp. 164-177.

  • Thomassin, A & Butler, R 2014, 'Engaging Indigenous economy: A selected annotated bibliography of Jon Altman's writings 1979-2014', CAEPR Working Papers, no. 96/2014, p. 112.

  • Hunt, J. in Klein, E, Lahn, J, Altman, J et al 2014, Academic perspectives on The Forrest review: creating parity Topical Issue 2/2014.