Indigenous philosophy and ‘Relationist Economics’ with Mary Graham

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (AEST)
Online (via Zoom)

As we explore ecocentric economics in “Earth Economics Week”, please join us for a thought-provoking presentation about the Indigenous Relationist Ethos and how it shapes a very different approach to law, governance and economic systems.

By focusing on Aboriginal philosophy and an ethic of ‘Caring for Country’ and caring for each other, this webinar highlights how ancient and emerging place-based, Earth-centred approaches can offer an effective, practical alternative to today’s extractive form of capitalism.


Dr Mary Graham is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Queensland. She grew up in South-East Queensland, and is a Kombu-merri person through her father’s heritage and a Wakka Wakka clan through her mother’s heritage. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Mary has worked across several government agencies, community organisations and universities. Mary has been a dedicated lecturer with the University of Queensland, teaching Aboriginal history, politics and comparative philosophy. Mary has written and published many prominent works, including – publications in the Aboriginal Encyclopaedia, training modules for Cross Cultural Awareness and a host of academic papers. Mary is a Director of Future Dreaming Australia, an Indigenous and non-indigenous partnership organisation working to increase cross-cultural ecological knowledge in Australia (


Dr Michelle Maloney is the Co-founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) and holds undergraduate degrees in politics and law (ANU) and a PhD in environmental law and regulation from the Griffith Law Futures Centre. Michelle’s books, journal publications, interviews, podcasts and speaking events can be accessed on her profile page: