UQ has a wide variety of researchers and academics working and teaching in Heritage and Museums. Below are some of our research leaders.

Dr Prue Ahrens

Lecturer in Museum Studies
Dr Prue Ahrens is a Lecturer in Museum Studies with interests in Art History, Cultural History and Curatorship. She has collaborated on exhibition projects with the Tjibaou Cultural Centre and Museum of New Caledonia and has published widely on visual culture surrounding the Pacific Islands.


Professor Alastair Blanshard

Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History
Alastair Blanshard is a cultural and intellectual historian who works on the cultures of ancient Greece and the legacy that these cultures left to subsequent civilisations. He has a particular interest in issues of masculinity, aesthetics, and sexuality. He is currently working on a project about the study of the history and archaeology of classical Greece prior to the birth of Romanticism.


Dr Amelia R. Brown

Senior Lecturer in Greek History and Language
Dr Amelia R. Brown is Senior Lecturer in Greek History and Language in the Classics and Ancient History discipline of the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland, Australia. She is currently researching the archaeological and literary evidence for gods and rituals of ancient Greek seafarers, supported by a Discovery grant from the Australian Research Council. She received her PhD from U.C. Berkeley in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, with a thesis entitled The City of Corinth and Urbanism in Late Antique Greece. Her AB was in History, Hellenic Studies and Visual Arts at Princeton University, where she also held the postdoctoral Hannah Seeger Davis Fellowship in Hellenic Studies. Her research interests include ancient sculpture, Greek religion and the heritage of the port cities of the ancient Mediterranean.


James Donaldson

Senior Museum Officer, RD Milns Antiquities Museum, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
James oversees the day to day operations of the RD Milns Antiquities Museum and its curatorial program. He holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Ancient History from UQ and a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from Deakin University. In 2012 James was awarded a Special Commendation in the Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards for his work with the Antiquities Museum. In 2014 James was part of the Antiquities Museum team awarded  the  prestigious UQ Chancellor’s Award for Team Excellence, recognising their significant achievements. James is an advocate for the vital role that small and university museums play in providing high quality and direct engagement with audiences.


Associate Professor Andrew Fairbairn

ARC Future Fellow in Archaeology, School of Social Science
Andrew Fairbairn is an archaeologist who currently works in the Mediterranean and Papua New Guinea, researching ancient farming and land use via archaeobotany. He is the co-director of the Boncuklu Project in Turkey and has a long term interest in community heritage, especially presenting archaeological finds more effectively to stakeholders and developing education resources for school age children.


Professor Craig Forrest

Director, Marine and Shipping Law Unit
Professor Craig Forrest is the Director of the Marine and Shipping Law Unit, and Fellow of the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law. Craig teaches and undertakes research in the areas of maritime law, private international law and cultural heritage law. Craig has published widely in these areas, and contributed directly to national and international public policy development through advice and workshops provided to the United States, United Kingdom, South African and Australian governments, and directly to the drafting of national legislation and international law. Craig has a long association with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). Between 1998 and 2000, he was a member of the South African delegation to UNESCO to negotiate the 2001 Underwater Cultural Heritage Convention. He acted as an advisor to UNESCO regional cultural meetings in 2009 (Solomon Islands) and 2012 (Cambodia), and in 2013 drafted a Model Law for the implementation of UNESCOs cultural heritage conventions for the Caribbean States and co-chaired the intergovernmental meeting in St.Kitts and Nevis. He has subsequently advised the government of St. Maarten on the national implementation of the Model Law. Craig is a member of the International Law Association's International Committee on Cultural Heritage Law, and a committee member of the International Law Associations Queensland chapter. He has held visiting research and teaching position at Cambridge University, National University of South Korea, City University of Hong Kong, Dalhousie University Canada and University of Nottingham (the latter as a Universitas 21 Fellow).


Dr Ian Galloway

Lecturer in Museum Studies
Dr Ian Galloway is an Industry Fellow at the University of Queensland and is an expert in museum management and brand delivery. Ian draws on his considerable expertise in museum management from his former roles as Deputy CEO of Museum Victoria (1994 - 2000) and CEO of the Queensland Museum Network (2000 - 2013). He has also held a number of national positions in the museum industry including the Chairman of the Australian National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), Executive Member of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors and as a member of the National Cultural Heritage Committee. Ian holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in entomology and a Masters Degree in management from the University of Queensland. In 2003, he was awarded the Centenary Medal for his services to education and the museum industry. He is currently President of the National Trust (Queensland).


Dr Geoff Ginn

Senior Lecturer in History, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Geoff is a historian with interests in Victorian Britain, colonial Queensland, urban history and the history of heritage practice. Before his appointment to UQ in 2002 he was a heritage consultant at ARCHAEO, a Brisbane private sector firm, undertaking significance assessments, management plans and planning studies. From 2002-2008 he directed the UQ Centre for Applied History & Heritage Studies and managed its consulting arm Histori|co Research Services. His book Archangels & Archaeology, a biography of the English mystic and museums pioneer J.S.M. Ward, appeared in 2012 (Sussex Academic Press), and he presently working on a second sole-authored book Culture, Philanthropy and the London Poor, 1880-1900 (forthcoming, 2016). Geoff served as a Board member at the State Library of Queensland (2005-2008) and Queensland Museum (2008-2013), and has been active in various public history roles and consultancies including developing the online Queensland Historical Atlas, a major ARC Linkage project 2007-2010.


Dr Campbell Gray

Director, UQ Art Museum
Campbell Gray was appointed Director of the University of Queensland Art Museum in March 2011. He is committed to the significant contributions university art museums make to academic, regional and professional communities from challenging programs and collections, and through research collaborations with students and academics.


Professor Marc Hockings

Marc Hockings is Professor and Program Director in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Queensland where he is responsible for coordinating the conservation and environmental management programs. His current research interests focus on issues of monitoring and evaluation in conservation management in national parks and protected areas with a special interest in World Heritage sites. From 200-2007 he managed a project developing a monitoring and assessment system for natural World Heritage sites. He is a long-term member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) through its World Commission on Protected Areas where he leads the global program on Science and Management of Protected Areas. He is also a member of the Commission’s Executive Committee. Marc was the principal author of the IUCN’s best practice guidelines on evaluation of management effectiveness in protected areas. He is an honorary Senior Fellow at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK.  In 2008 he received the Kenton R. Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Area Sustainability for his work on management effectiveness.


Professor Ian Lilley

Professor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit
Ian Lilley is an archaeologist and heritage practitioner who works globally but with an Australasian and Indo-Pacific emphasis. His current research focuses on archaeology in New Caledonia and on heritage issues in UNESCO, the World Bank and the transnational resource extraction sector. He has a special interest in Indigenous issues, archaeological and heritage ethics and international heritage law, particularly regarding differences between common law and civil law jurisdictions.


Dr Janette McWilliam

Director/Curator, R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum, Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History
Dr McWilliam’s research interests are in the areas of Ancient Material Culture, Greek and Roman Social and Cultural History, Roman Children, Roman Art, Roman Law, Latin Epigraphy, Cultural Identities in the Ancient world, Pedagogical Approaches to teaching Classical Latin and Greek and Museum Studies. She is currently working on projects on The Representation of Children in Roman Art, The Socialisation of Children in the Roman World, and the pedagogical approaches to the teaching of Classical Languages. Dr McWilliam runs an International Museum Internship Program and Field School in Italy annually. She has also been the recipient of three major teaching awards, the National Teaching Award (Arts and Humanities) 2014, awarded by the Office of Teaching and Learning and the Australian Government, a UQ Award for Teaching Excellence 2013, and A Faculty of Arts Award for Teaching Excellence 2011.


Dr Jonathan Prangnell

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, School of Social Science
Jon Prangnell is a historical archaeologist who researches the social archaeology of late nineteenth and early twentieth century southeast Queensland particularly examining the place of working families in the colonial landscape.  His studies focus on Victorianism, colonialism, industrial development and social relationships in various locations and industries such as timber getting, gold mining, pastoralism, and sugar milling.  In addition Jon has a specific research interest in the scientific study of the taphonomy of burial archaeology.


Associate Professor Annie Ross

Honorary Associate Professor, Anthropology & Archaeology, School of Social Science
Annie Ross is a social archaeologist with over 30 years experience in cultural heritage management. Annie's primary teaching and reseach interests relate to the  role of Indigenous Knowledge and the participation of Indigenous peoples in natural and cultural resources management.  She has worked on this topic in Australia (principally in south east Queensland) and in Solomon Islands (mainly in Marovo Lagoon).  She is also interested in 'the archaeology of the present', which is an investigation of people's contemporary attachment to ancient places. She has published widely on these and other related topics.


Dr Andrew Sneddon

Director, UQ Culture & Heritage Unit, School of Social Science
Andrew has worked in the field of cultural heritage management for over 20 years. He has prepared assessments and management plans for heritage places of local, State, National, Commonwealth and World heritage significance. Andrew’s projects have included the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Cricket Ground, Old Parliament House (Canberra), Cockatoo Island (Sydney), Garden Island (Sydney), Brisbane City Hall and Angkor in Cambodia. Andrew has extensive practical archaeological experience, both in Australia and abroad. He has assisted with several native title claims in both Queensland and Western Australia. He has specialist knowledge in the field of heritage law.


Dr Graeme Were

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Museum Studies, School of Social Science
Graeme Were convenes the Museum Studies postgraduate programme in the School of Social Science. His research interests include museum anthropology, digital heritage and material culture studies and he has a regional specialism in Papua New Guinea. He presented the prestigious 2011 Curl Lecture at the British Museum awarded by the Royal Anthropological Institute, and in 2012, he received a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award for his work on digital heritage and knowledge networks in Melanesia.


Dr Diana Young

Director, UQ Anthropology Museum and Senior Lecturer in Material Culture and Museum Anthropology
Diana Young is Director of the UQ Anthropology Museum and Senior Lecturer in Material Culture and Museum Anthropology. Prior to this she held research positions at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies at the ANU and teaching posts at Goldsmiths College and the University for the Arts London. She studied anthropology at University College London where she also had a post doctoral ESRC fellowship. Her regional specialism is Indigenous Australia and more recently, the Pacific. Since 2009 she has created a new research infra structure for the UQ Anthropology Museum where she has directed a series of collaborative research projects resulting in ground - breaking exhibitions. Her current ARC Discovery project concerns new ideas about work, money, sharing and exchange among people in the Western Desert. Her other research work is on colour, consumption, collecting, space, environment and non humans, the anthropology of design, and Australian Indigenous material culture including local art histories, cultural heritage and cultural brokerage.