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Archaeology | Anthropology | Bioanthropology | Development Studies | Heritage and Museum Studies


Head of School
Associate Professor Kylie Message

Senior School Administrator
Ms Joyce-Noronha Barrett

Undergraduate Student Administrator/Reception
Lynn Materne

Postgraduate Coursework Student Administrator
Ms. Rachel Wang

HDR (PhD) Student Administrator (SRW)
Dr. Lan Tran

HDR (PhD) Student Administrator (ADH)  (Part Time 0.8)

School Administrator (HR and Finance) (Part Time 0.5)
Ms. Penny O'Brien

School Administrator (Statistical Data and Finance) (Part Time 0.5)
Mr. Mark Dullow

Laboratory Technician
Mr. David McGregor

Academic Staff: Archaeology

Dr Tim Denham
Research Interests: Plant domestication, early agriculture (emphasis on New Guinea and Island Southeast Asia) and plant exploitation; Geoarchaeology and environmental change; Holocene histories of Island Southeast Asia, the New Guinea region and northern Australia

Dr Catherine J. Frieman
Research Interests: Innovation in prehistoric societies; Flint, ground-stone and other lithic technologies; Trade and communication in 4th-2nd millennia BC Europe; European Neolithic and Bronze Age society; Adoption of metal; Prehistoric metallurgy; Flint daggers; Ornaments and identity;Material culture studies; Archaeological theory

Dr Sally K. May
Research Interests: Indigenous archaeology, rock art studies, archaeology of art, museology, ethnography and ethnoarchaeology, cross-cultural encounters, anthropology of collecting.

Dr Dougald O'Reilly
Research Interests: The prehistory of Southeast Asia, rise of complex society, Archaeological theory, Heritage preservation.

Dr Marc Oxenham
Research Interests: Bioarchaeology, palaeopathology, Forensic Anthropology, prehistory and history of human health and behaviour, dietary reconstruction, identification of disease in the skeletal record, prehistory of Southeast Asia.

Associate Professor Philip Piper
Research Interests: Zooarchaeology and Palaeoecology, Transition from hunting to animal management in Mainland and Island Southeast Asia, Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Subsistence Strategies, Prehistoric island colonization and adaptation, the application of zooarchaeology and palaeoecology to issues of contemporary bioloigcal conservation.

Professor Matthew Spriggs
Head of Discipline - Archaeology
Research Interests: Pacific and Southeast Asian archaeology, archaeology and linguistics, subsistence systems and agricultural origins, human impact on the environment, politics and archaeology, Cornish studies (particularly language history).

Dr Duncan Wright
Research Interests: Australian Indigenous archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management; Indigenous perspectives - the past; Human/ environment interactions; Aboriginal material culture;  Coastal and island studies (Torres Strait); Archaeology of art (Arnhem Land and Torres Strait); Pacific Island archaeology

Academic Staff: Anthropology

Dr Ashley Carruthers
Research Interests: Migration, diasporas, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, transnational media, overseas Vietnamese, Lao and Cambodian communities.

Dr Cameo Dalley
Research Interests: Contemporary lifeworlds of remote-living Aboriginal people in northern Queensland and Western Australia, including Aboriginal people's relational ontologies—the construction of families and relatedness, alcohol and violence, mobile and digital technologies and connections to country.

Dr Simone Dennis
Research Interests: My research interests coalesce around theories of embodiment, migration, memory and the senses, and contemporary relations between bodies, power and space, in ethnographic work:

  • Anthropological explorations of tobacco in the context of smokefree;  this research looks closely at the ways in which smoking entails and occasions social and corporeal relationships with others in the context of new legislative arrangements and understandings of incalculable risk that have ushered in fundamental changes to smoking practice and agency.
  • Anthropological research major Australian research laboratories in which rodents feature as animal models for human disease research. The research explores how science produces its knowledge, and the ways in which the operation of scientific knowing is brought to bear on scientific practitioners working with animal subjects, and on the bodies of animal subjects in the spaces of technoscience.

Dr Patrick Guinness
Head of Discipline - Anthropology
Research Interests: Participatory development, applied anthropology, urban anthropology, Southeast Asian societies, especially Indonesia and Malaysia, East African societies, religious change, especially in Islam and Christianity, globalisation.

Dr Christine Helliwell
Research Interests: Social and cultural theory, especially the theorisation of 'society' and 'culture'; cross-cultural constitution of gender/sex; constitution of subjectivity or 'personhood' and how this relates to different forms of sociality, identity and government; Dayak peoples of Borneo.

Dr Melinda Hinkson
Research Interests: Aboriginal Australia; history of anthropology; media anthropology; visual anthropology and visual culture; cultural transformation; culture and personhood.

Dr Patrick Kilby
Research Interests: Non-Governmental Organisations; empowerment and marginalisation; gender; managing development activities; south Asia, particularly India.

Professor Francesca Merlan
Research Interests: Landedness and its transformation; culture and personhood; Indigeneity; comparative political culture (liberalism and illiberalism); language and culture; social theory and development.

Dr Sverre Molland
Research Interests: Development, Gender, Mobility, Human Trafficking, Agency and Practice, Governmentality, Biolegitimacy, Laos, Thailand, Mekong region.

Professor Nicolas Peterson
Research Interests: Social organisation, economic anthropology, ritual and symbolism, land and sea tenure, fourth world people and the state, social change and applied anthropology, anthropology of photography, ethnographic film, history of Australian Anthropology.

Dr Caroline Schuster
Research Interests: Economic anthropology, value, credit and debt; microcredit, NGOs and development policy; gender, kinship, feminist theory; Latin America, Paraguay tri-border area

Dr Trang Xuan Ta
Research Interests: Medical anthropology; health and hygiene regimes; science and technology studies; cultural politics of food and eating; food safety and food-bourne illnesses; obesity studies; nutritional ideologies; cultural studies of the body and subjectivity; gender and sexuality; institutional life; the study of the everyday; moral economies; the state and technologies of governance; mainland China and Hong Kong.

Academic Staff: Bioanthropology

Dr Alison Behie
Research Interests: Primate behaviour and nutritional ecology; the impact of nutrition on stress hormones and disease in non-human primates; effects of habitat disturbance, especially environmental disasters, on primate health and population dynamics; similarities between human and non-human primate responses to environmental disasters

Professor Colin Groves
Research Interests: Nonhuman primates, human evolution, mammalian taxonomy and biogeography, animal domestication.

Dr Geoff Kushnick
Research Interests: Human behavioural ecology; mating, parenting, and health; evolution of social norms and institutions; quantitative analysis; peoples of SE Asia, especially Indonesia.

Dr Marc Oxenham
Head of Discipline - Bioanthropology
Research Interests: Bioarchaeology, palaeopathology, Forensic Anthropology, prehistory and history of human health and behaviour, dietary reconstruction, identification of disease in the skeletal record, prehistory of Southeast Asia.

Dr Ekaterina Pechenkina
Research Interests: A principal emphasis in my research is on how changes through time in human behavior transform patterns of disease distribution and severity and affect community health in different populations.

Development Studies

Dr Hannah Bulloch
Research Interests: Anthropology of development, especially meta-narratives of development; intimate relationships, particularly as they relate to the roles and expectations on young women; changing forms of sociality, economy and personhood; cultural economies of food; Visayan people of the Philippines.

Dr Patrick Kilby
Research Interests: Non-Governmental Organisations; empowerment and marginalisation; gender; managing development activities; south Asia, particularly India.

Dr Patrick Guinness
Research Interests: Participatory development, applied anthropology, urban anthropology, Southeast Asian societies, especially Indonesia and Malaysia, East African societies, religious change, especially in Islam and Christianity, globalisation.

Professor Francesca Merlan
Research Interests: Landedness and its transformation; culture and personhood; Indigeneity; comparative political culture (liberalism and illiberalism); language and culture; social theory and development.

Dr Sverre Molland
Head of Discipline – Development Studies
Research Interests: Development, Gender, Mobility, Human Trafficking, Agency and Practice, Governmentality, Biolegitimacy, Laos, Thailand, Mekong region.

Heritage and Museum Studies

Associate Professor Kylie Message
Research Interests: Social, cultural and political theory; Museums and social development; Globalisation, cultural policy and changing concepts of citizenship in multicultural postcolonial societies (Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe).

Professor Laurajane Smith
Head of Discipline – Heritage and Museum Studies
Research Interests: Refining Heritage Studies as a field of research, heritage and cultural policy, intangible heritage, working class heritage, heritage of slavery, ethnography of visits to heritage sites and museums, heritage tourism, gender and heritage, indigenous understandings of heritage.

Dr Sharon Peoples
Research Interests: Learning in museums and heritage, fashion theory, gender and dress and textiles.

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