Researcher biography

I am a social anthropologist and curator specialising in material, visual and digital cultures, and in re-inventing ethnographic museums for the 21st century. I have curated 18 exhibitions. I have a continuing research interest and publication track record in the anthropology of colours.

I have an undergraduate degree in Architecture, an MA in Anthropology of Art from University College London and a PhD in Social Anthropology from University College London where I was part of the Material Culture group in the Department of Anthropology. I won an ESRC Post Doctoral Fellowship and a Post Doctoral fellowship at ANU before becoming the Anthropology Museum Director at UQ. I am currently Director of the Museum Studies Masters Program at UQ.

My research interests include the anthropology of art, landscape and ecology, consumption, film and photography, historical anthropology, design anthropology, museum studies, and research through exhibition curation as public anthropology. I have expertise in researching Australian Indigenous and Pacific cultural production. I welcome students for higher degree research supervision in any of these subject areas.

My ARC Discovery (2013-2016) A desire for things concerns the relationship of money, art markets, consumption practices and art making among Indigenous artists working in central Australia.

I am the first woman to direct the UQ Anthropology museum. I created a new research infra structure for the museum that includes a dedicated 240m square gallery and a new global best practice collection store. I led the creation of a new online digital catalogue for the museum with innovative object imaging. More than 60,000 people visited the UQAM's new teaching, research and engagement facilities. I promoted a successful acquisition policy of purchasing works by named women makers to assist in the rebalancing the gender equity of the collection, and raised more than AUS$1.1 million for the museum. I initiated a gallery program to show the museum's collection that included collaborative exhibitions derived from research in the museum's collection. I am expert at successfully profiling academic research for public engagement. These projects aim for inclusivity and an inter-cultural understanding that promote ever widening networks which assist in the continuing process of decolonising the museum.