Professor Barry Judd

P.hD., M.A., Grad Dip Public Policy, Grad Cert Higher Education, B.A.

Professor in Indigenous Social Research

Barry Judd is a descendent of the Pitjantjatjara people of north-west South Australia, British immigrants and Afghan cameleers. He is a leading Australian scholar on the subject of Aboriginal participation in Australian sports.

Barry's main research interest is in issues about identity – what kind of Australian identities have been formed out of the colonial contact between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Australia. His research focuses on Aboriginal people in sport as a way of engaging the broader population in difficult questions around the place of indigenous people in Australian society.

Barry is a member of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN). He is interested in the social impact of Australian Football on Indigenous Australia; explorations of Australian identity and the process of cultural interchange between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples; constructions of Australian citizenship and Australian nationalism; Aboriginal affairs policy and administration.

Research Interests

  • Australian identity
  • Aboriginal identity in Post-Colonial Australia
  • Aboriginal people in Australian sport
  • Aboriginal education policy

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Research Projects

Current Projects

Wellbeing, not winning: Remote Indigenous identity and organised sport (IN150100017). Discovery Indgenous Project, Australian Research Council. 2015 - 2018.

This project examines the construction of Indigenous identity through organised sport in remote communities. Despite high profile successes of Indigenous people in elite sports, the effectiveness of relationships between remote communities and organised sport is not well understood. This project addresses the problem of how participation in organised sport affects identity and everyday life in remote Indigenous communities, both positively and negatively. The project aims to provide an understanding of the role of organised sport in Indigenous identity construction in remote Australia and thus open opportunities for equitable and reconciliatory modes of participation.

Publications & Resources

Book Chapters

Butcher, T., & Judd, B. (2015). Cultural encounters with sporting organization: Ethico-politics at the interface of Indigenous culture and organization. In A. Pullen & C. Rhodes (eds.), The Routledge companion to ethics, politics and organizations (pp. 162-178). New York, USA: Routledge.

Butcher, T., Hallinan, C., & Judd, B. (2015). Traversing ontological dispositions: The intersection between remote Indigenous communities and elite urban-based men's football organisation. In G. Molnar & L.G. Purdy (eds.), Ethnographies in Sport and Exercise Research (pp. 165-180). USA: Routledge.

Judd, B. (2014). From Paris to Papunya: Postcolonial Theory, Australian Indigenous Studies and 'Knowing' 'the Aborigine'. In V. Castejon, A. Cole, O. Haag & K. Hughes (eds.), Ngapartji ngapartji - in turn, in turn: ego-histoire, Europe and Indigenous Australia (pp. 143-158). Canberra ACT: ANU Press.

Judd, B., & Hallinan, C. (2013). Indigenous reconciliation games: Selling Australian football as the new game to the new South Africa. Native Games: Indigenous Peoples and Sports in the Post-Colonial World Research in the Sociology of Sport, Volume 7 (pp. 161-181). UK: Emerald Publishing.

Journal Articles

Judd, B. (2017). Colonialism and Race Relations in Remote Inland Australia: Observations from the Field of Australian Indigenous Studies. ab-Original-Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations and First Peoples' Cultures, 1(2), 214-242. DOI:10.5325/aboriginal.1.2.0214

Gorman, S., Judd, B., Reeves, K., Osmond, G., Klugman, M., & McCarthy, G. (2016). Aboriginal Rules: the black history of Australian football. International Journal of the History of Sport, 1 – 17.

Judd, B., & Butcher, T. (2015). To play Papunya: The problematic interface between a remote Aboriginal community and the organization of Australian Football in Central Australia. Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, 18, 543 – 551.

Judd, B., & Butcher, T. (2015). Aboriginal football and the Australian game. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2, 58 – 64.

Barrow, E., & Judd, B. (2014). Whitefellas at the margins: The politics of going native in post-colonial Australia. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 7(2), 1 – 15.

Judd, B., & Hallinan, C. (2012). No Ashes: West Indies as the team of choice for Indigenous Australians. Sport in Society, 15(8), 1110 – 1120.

Judd, B. (2012). The question of Indigenous origins and the unlevel playing fields: outside the boundary. Sport in Society, 15(7), 1026-1033.

Hallinan, C., & Judd, B. (2012). Duelling paradigms: Australian Aborigines, marn-grook and football histories. Sport in Society, 15(7), 975-986.

Hallinan, C., & Judd, B. (2012). Indigenous studies and race relations in Australian sports. Sport in Society, 15(7), 915-921.

Hallinan, C., & Judd, B. (2012). Producing benevolence and expertise. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 15(2), 5-14.

Judd, B. (2012). The quiet warrior: research reflections of Michael Long, racism and Australian football. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 18(2), 78-87.

Conference Proceedings

Butcher, T., & Judd, B. (2013). On nostalgia: organizational ethnography and 'the postmodern condition'. In R. Meyer (ed.), Proceedings of the 29th European Group of Organization Studies Colloquium: Bridging Continents, Cultures and Worldviews (pp. 1-9). EU: European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS).

Media Coverage

Radio, TV, News Paper & Web Interviews

Professor Barry Judd


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