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Sara Hudson

Expertise: Indigenous programs and funding, economic development, health, housing, alcohol restrictions and criminal justice.

Sara Hudson  published widely on Indigenous policy for the CIS, with a particular focus on Indigenous programs, economic development, health and criminal justice.  Before leaving the CIS she ran The Prosperity Project which examined positive strategies for Indigenous economic growth. Her ground-breaking research report, Mapping the Indigenous program and funding maze received nation-wide coverage when it was released in August 2016.

She is the author of a chapter in a book ‘In Black & White: Australians All at the Crossroads’, and research papers on Justice reinvestmentAboriginal Health Worker trainingalcohol restrictions in Indigenous communities and Indigenous health among others.   Sara has had over 70 opinion editorials published in newspapers across Australia, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Age, The Australian Financial Review, The Western Australian, The Advertiser and the Northern Territory News, as well as numerous appearances on radio and television.

The impact of Sara’s work was publically recognised by policy makers and Indigenous leaders and her work has also been cited in a number of government reports and peer-reviewed journals.

Prior to working at the CIS, Sara worked as a senior consultant with a professional social research consultancy firm and as a policy advisor and evaluator for the New Zealand government. She has a Bachelor of Arts with first-class honours in criminology and anthropology from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.