TRaCK: Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge

Science and knowledge that governments, communities, industries for sustainable use of Australia's tropical rivers and estuaries

Jon Altman

Jon Altman

John Altman
Project Leader
Australian National University

Jon Altman is an ARC Australian Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research. He has a disciplinary background in economics and anthropology. He was the foundation director of CAEPR from April 1990–April 2010.

During the first phase of TRaCK research he worked on a project that aimed to quantify the environmental needs and costs of environmental management in two contexts, the Mann-Liverpool riverine environment in central Arnhem Land, and the coastal area of the Dhimurru IPA.

Professor Altman's research interests include: Sustainable economic development and associated policy issues for Indigenous Australia; the hybrid economy framework; the economic engagement of Indigenous people with the Australian and global economies (especially in mining, tourism, arts industries and emerging industries); sustainable commercial utilisation of wildlife and fisheries; the Indigenous customary economy and its articulations with the market; land rights, native title and Indigenous land management; and theoretical issues in economic and development anthropology.

In 2003, Professor Altman was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He was also been awarded an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship (2008 to 2013) focusing his research efforts on the project 'Hybrid Economic Futures for Remote Indigenous Australia'.

Professor Altman has a BA and an MA (Hons) from the University of Auckland, and a PhD (Anthropology) from the Australian National University.

Phase 1 Projects

Outcomes This research assessed both prospects and time frames for developing a NRM-based economy in these areas habitats at a time when there was considerable policy debate about on-country and off-country employment prospects. The resultant outcome is better informed decision-makers in community, business and government regarding payment for ecosystem services to support regional economies. The removal of many barriers allowed enhanced and innovative Indigenous participation in such activities, and equitable public support, if required, will facilitate sustainable economic development options that are compatible with Indigenous priorities, while ameliorating Indigenous disadvantage.