Kaely Woods


Completed PhD 

Kaely is an experienced senior executive and company director with an extensive history of working with Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders in public policy and commercial contexts.

Kaely’s doctoral research set out to identify feasible, reliable and appropriate methods for quantifying cultural values for First Nations people. Kaely used choice modelling to measure the value that the Nyikina and Mangala people of the west Kimberley involved in the research place on aspects of their culture by privileging their viewpoints. These methods address significant challenges such as the assessment of the value of native title to Traditional Owners for compensation, cultural heritage values to custodians, and environmental assessment where the values of Country and culture extend beyond scientific assessment to cultural values. Measuring these intrinsic values is not a matter of commodification, rather it enables them to be recognised and incorporated into integrated decision making that incorporates the viewpoint of First Nations peoples.

Kaely has extensive executive public sector and commercial experience, much of it related to Indigenous peoples and economic development.  Working in wide ranging areas including native title, land rights, heritage protection, health, housing, home ownership, governance and economic development has provided Kaely with deep and broad insights into Indigenous policy development.  Until 2012, Kaely was the Deputy CEO of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), an organisation that supports Indigenous Australians create wealth and accumulate assets through business and home ownership.  Kaely’s company director experience spans 8 years on commercial and not-for-profit companies in the tourism, major infrastructure and health sectors. Each of these boards had Aboriginal people as owners, joint venture partners and/or key stakeholders. 

PhD Title

Culture Counts: A choice modelling approach to quantifying cultural values for First Nations People.

Research Interests

  • Public policy
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Policy
  • Indigenous economic development,
  • Indigenous business, tourism and arts
  • Governance and financial literacy

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Publications & Resources

Conference Papers & Publications

Blackwell, B. D., Bodle, K., Hunt, J., Hunter, B., Stratton, J., & Woods, K. (2019). Methods for estimating the market value of Indigenous knowledge. IP Australia. https://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/understanding-ip/getting-started-ip/indigenous-knowledge

Kaely Woods


T: +61 438 588 925
E: kaely.woods@gmail.com

Canberra, ACT