Researcher biography

I am a social anthropologist specialising in visual, material and digital culture. I research using curatorion as well as through standard fieldwork and archival methods. I have substantial senior leadership experience as the Director of the University of Queensland Anthropology Museum for eight years.

My research interests include colour as visual, digital and material culture, contemporary Australian and Pacific art and design and their histories, re-inventing ethnographic museums for the 21st century and curation as research, contemporary consumption practices and their histories, landscape, architecture, space and place studies and the environment. I welcome students for research by higher degree supervision in any of these subject areas.

I have a doctorate in Social Anthropology gained in 2001 on the subject of colour, materiality and memory among Anangu Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara living in the far northwest of South Australia. I have a Master's degree with distinction in Anthropology of Art gained in 1994 in whcih my thesis centred on colour in the islands of the Kula ring in Papua New Guinea. Both these degrees are from University College London where I was a member of the influential material culture group in the Department of Anthropology, during its formative stages. Prior to this I trained as an architect and worked in the UK construction industry as a designer and project leader.

Before moving to UQ in 2009 to take up the post of Director of the UQ Anthropology Museum and senior lecturer in anthropology, I held post doctoral and research positions at the Australian National University in the Centre for Cross Cultural Research/ Research School for Humanities from 2005 to 2009. I have taught at the University of the Arts London, University College London and Goldsmiths College. I was an Economic and Social Research Council Post-doctoral Research Fellow at University College London and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology at University College London.