Indigenous women’s employment in and experiences of large-scale mining in the Northern Territory of Australia

Project: HDR ProjectPhD

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Previous research shows the many destructive impacts of large-scale mining by multinational mining companies are disproportionately felt by Indigenous women from local communities near where mining takes place. Yet employment, one of the main benefits of mining, is enjoyed predominantly by non-Indigenous men not from these communities. Although there have been various employment policies aimed at increasing the employment rates of both Indigenous peoples and females in the Australian mining industry, Indigenous women have and continue to be significantly underrepresented in the sector. Indigenous women’s unique experiences of potential marginalisation and discrimination due to the intersectionality of race and gender within the mining workforce are not yet well understood.

Through an examination of the intersectionality of race and gender, this doctoral research will investigate how the stories and experiences of Indigenous women employed in large-scale mines in the Northern Territory can help reduce potential marginalisation and discrimination in the mining industry, and increase Indigenous female representation in the sector locally, nationally, and globally.
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