Anita started her PhD candidacy with DPA in February 2014. She completed her BA in Anthropology and Japanese at James Cook University in 2007. In 2008 Anita graduated with BA First Class Honours (Development studies) from ANU. Her honours thesis tested out the long running debate among some neo-classical economists that customary land ownership and economic development are irreconcilable. The thesis focussed on matrilineal descent groups, participating in the production of export cocoa in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. For the last four years Anita has worked in Central Australia, predominantly in the community sector with at-risk Indigenous youth. In 2010 she was a remote-based Youth Development Officer for Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjata (NPY) Women’s Council in Mutitjulu Community, Northern Territory (next to Uluru).