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The Australian National University

Ms Veronica Bullock

Position: PhD candidate in Interdisciplinarity and Anthropology


Research interests:

significance and values of cultural heritage;
materials conservation;
sustainable heritage;
‘the two cultures’ (science/humanities);
wicked problems;
intergenerational equity;
policy making.

Thesis title: Weaving a wicked discourse for Australia’s sustainability challenges

That heritage, as a natural human expression, and anthropology, as a discipline focussed on human interrelations and engagement with ecology, can provide a way of connecting currently disparate elements of sustainability thinking.

There is a disjunct between the original intent and expression of sustainability as human-centred in the founding international documents on the one hand, and the ‘arms-length’ environmental discourse prevalent in Australia and elsewhere on the other. This research will examine the development of Australian sustainability policy in an attempt to understand how instrumentality has overtaken sentimentality in sustainability discourse, and will suggest how the humanities, arts and social sciences may be able to contribute to re-situating sustainability to enable us to reach our common goals.

Veronica has a number of publications in materials conservation, and collections advocacy (from her time at the peak body for collections in Australia the Collections Council of Australia 2005-2010). Her more recent publications draw on the findings of a 2010 Fellowship at the International Institute for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome.

Bullock, VM 2012 The marriage of risk assessment and significance assessment: challenges and opportunities, Guest Edited by Robert Waller, ‘The International Symposium on Cultural Property Risk Analysis’, a focus issue of Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, 8:4 (Fall 2012), pp. 307-322.

Bullock, VM 2012 Mixing risk and significance in Brasilia, in Assis, J (org) Essays from the Museum Heritage Risk Management Professional Training Institute, OEI/Program Ibermuseus, In press.

Bullock, VM 2012 Integrated Collection Management: an investigation into combining collection significance assessment and risk assessment for training purposes, AICCM Bulletin, Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material, Vol 33, pp. 62-72.

Bullock, VM 2011 Collections Management: its value as a unifying concept, Preprints of the International Council of Museums – Conservation Committee 16th Triennial Conference, ICOM-CC, Lisbon, Portugal. Available at:

Bullock, VM 2011 What lies beneath the Sydney Opera House? in Staniforth, M, Proceedings on the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage, Asian Academy for Heritage Management, Manila, Philippines, pp. 953-967. Available at:


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