Kaely Woods


PhD Candidate

Kaely is a PhD candidate at ANU and CDU as a Northern Research Futures Collaborative Research Network Scholar, pursuing research into the role and value of Indigenous culture in sustainable economic development in remote Australia.  

Until 2012 Kaely was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), an organisation established by the Australian Government to support Indigenous economic development, primarily through business and home ownership.  Kaely was a member of the NT Government’s Indigenous Economic Development Taskforce from 2006 to 2012.  Kaely’s professional experience of over 30 years includes 25 years in Indigenous policy.  She held senior roles in Commonwealth central agencies dealing with issues as diverse as native title, land rights, heritage protection, health, housing, home ownership and economic development, complemented by tertiary studies in economics and Indigenous studies. 

Kaely is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently a non-executive independent director on the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, the peak body for the Aboriginal community controlled health sector in Queensland.

PhD Project Title

Indigenous Cultural Activity Counts.  Quantifying the relationship between cultural activity and labour supply in remote areas.

Research Interests

  • Indigenous economic development,
  • Sustainable regional economic development
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Indigenous business, tourism and arts
  • Governance and financial literacy


Professor Matthew Gray, Principal (Australian National University)
Professor Rolf Gerritsen (Northern Institute)
Professor Howard Morphy (Australian National University)

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Publications & Resources

Conference Proceedings & Papers

Woods, K. (2016). Valuing Aboriginal Cultural Activity: Beyond Markets.  In W. Sanders (ed.), Engaging Indigenous Economy: Debating diverse approaches. Canberra, ACT: ANU Press.

Kaely Woods


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

Canberra, ACT