For more information about those working in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin please visit the Cultural Heritage Asia Pacific network.

Professor Andrea Witcomb

Andrea WitcombAndrea is  Professor (Research) in the field of cultural heritage  and Deputy Director of the Alfred Deakin Research Institute

Andrea graduated with a PhD in Media and Communication Studies from Central Queensland University in 1997(her dissertation looked at the Australian National Maritime Museum and situated it within emerging practices in the new museology). She has a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies and an Honours Degree in History from the University of Sydney. She worked as a social history curator in the lead up to the opening of the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney and then at the National Museum of Australia. After completing her PhD she took up a lectureship in cultural heritage at the Research Institute for Cultural Heritage at Curtin University in Perth in 1996. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2000 and took up her present appointment as an Associate Professor in Deakin in late 2006. She is the author of Re-Imagining the Museum: Beyond the Mausoleum (Routledge, 2003) and with Chris Healy, the co-editor of South Pacific Museums: An Experiment in Culture (Monash e-press, 2006). Her latest book, co-written with Dr Kate Gregory is From the Barracks to the Burrup: The National Trust in Western Australia (University of NSW Press, 2010).

Professor Tim Winter

Tim WinterTim is a sociologist by training, and has previously held positions at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney, University of Sydney and the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Tim’s research interests cover a number of heritage related themes: how the concept is shaped epistemologically through certain knowledge practices; and how it figures in issues like nationalism, cultural diplomacy, post-conflict recovery, sustainability, postcolonial identities and urban development. Much of his work focuses on the developing economies of Asia, with projects currently being pursued in Cambodia, Qatar, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

Emeritus Professor Bill Logan

Bill LoganLogan is a geographer by initial disciplinary training and was appointed Professor of Geography in 1992. His professorship was redesignated Professor of Heritage Studies in 1999 and tagged UNESCO Chair of Heritage and Urbanism in 2001. He has been involved in cultural heritage conservation and teaching, research and consulting on Australian and Asian heritage issues since the early 1970s. His doctorate, awarded by Monash University in 1981, focused on the politics of housing, planning and heritage conservation in inner Melbourne. At Deakin University he was Research Director in the Faculty of Arts from 1993 to 1998. In 2001 he established and was director of the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP), a research and training centre that was endorsed by UNESCO.

Kristal Buckley AM

Kristal Buckley

Kristal is a cultural heritage practitioner with experience in working in government, private practice and the community sector before joining the CHMS teaching program in 2011. She studied archaeology, anthropology and public policy, and through her involvement with ICOMOS has worked extensively in the World Heritage system. Kristal’s research interests centre around evolving forms of global cultural heritage practice, the cultural values of nature, and cultural landscapes. She is a member of the Board for the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (Tasmania), and in 2013 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to conservation and the environment, particularly in the area of cultural heritage, and to education.

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Dr Steven Cooke

Steven CookeSteve is a cultural and historical geographer with interests in heritage, memory and identity, particularly the management of dark or dissonant heritage, Holocaust museums, memorials and sites, and Historic Urban Landscapes.  Steve spent five years in Higher Education in the UK, first as a Research Fellow and then as a lecturer in Historical and Cultural Geography at the University of Hull. Between 2002 and 2011 he  worked in the some of Victoria’s most significant places, including the Old Melbourne Gaol, the Melbourne Maritime Museum – Polly Woodside and the Shrine of Remembrance.

He is a senior lecturer in Cultural Heritage and course director for the cultural heritage and museum studies program at Deakin.  He is also currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Winchester in the UK.

He is the author of two recent books: The Sweetland Project – remembering Gallipoli in the Shrine of Nunawading (2015 ASP) and The Interior of our Memories. A history of Melbourne’s Jewish Holocaust Centre (with Donna-Lee Frieze; 2015 Hybrid)

Steve is the Editor of Historic Environment, the journal of Australia ICOMOS

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Dr Yamini Narayanan

Yamini NarayananYamini Narayanan is a Lecturer in International and Community Development at Deakin University, and has previously taught at La Trobe University, Melbourne and Murdoch University, Western Australia. Her specialisations are in the areas of religion and development, urban development and planning (in South Asia), and gender and development. Her current and forthcoming work specifically investigates religion’s influences on urban development in a number of Indian cities, from a variety of perspectives, particularly gendered mobility, access to and use of urban space, and equity

Jonathan Sweet

j sweetJonathan Sweet is a researcher and teacher of museology, cultural heritage and development. He has participated as a Chief Investigator on a number of Australian Research Council grants. Amongst his publications are contributions to the journal South East Asia Research (2006) and the Handbook of Research on Religion and Development (Edward Elgar 2013).

His work has focused on heritage interpretation in Laos PDR, Buddhism in Thailand, and World Heritage in the People’s Republic of China. He currently an advisor for the Kelabit Highlands Community Museum Development Project in Malaysian Borneo, and recently he has presented research papers on this project at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Singapore.

He maintains strong connections with colleagues in the Asia-Pacific Region region where he has acted as an advisor on community museums to UNESCO Bangkok and developed a field school on cultural heritage and museology with the Department of Museology, University of Calcutta. He is currently an Honorary Associate Fellow at the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

 Dr Linda Young

Linda YoungLinda is a historian by discipline, with further degrees in Historical Archaeology and American Studies. She used to say she is a curator by trade, but the truth is she’s been an academic and teacher for much longer than she was employed in museums and heritage sites. Nonetheless, she keeps a toe in the heritage/museum pond as a consultant and volunteer. She began her career as a research assistant at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, in Sydney, at the point when it was about to transform into the Powerhouse Museum, and later worked at the WA Museum, and as a consultant in Adelaide. Her PhD was provoked by a question emerging from documenting and cataloguing the collection of the Samson House in Fremantle: what does all this stuff mean? Her answers produced the book Middle-Class Culture in the Nineteenth Century: America, Australia, Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).

She began her teaching career at the University of Canberra and lived there for fifteen years. During this time she volunteered at Blundells’ Cottage, inspiring her next book, Lost Houses of the Molonglo Valley (Ginninderra, 2007). She came to Deakin in 2005 and was course director for Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies for seven years. An ARC project in 2010-13 on colonial middle-class culture in the goldrush period took her back to studies of Australian jewellery begun at the WA Museum, and as well as supervising PhD theses on aspects of the material culture of the Victorian goldfields. She currently has students working on fashion discourses in museum exhibitions and collections, and the history and heritage of skiing in Australia. Her long-term project on the museumisation of historic houses considered as a distinctive species of museum will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in late 2016: Historic House Museums in the United States and the United Kingdom: A History.