Purnululu National Park  © Tom Smith
Purnululu National Park © Tom Smith

UQ is involved in World Heritage in Australia and internationally through research and applied practice across the humanities and social sciences as well as the natural sciences. These areas of activity see UQ’s Heritage and Museums community working directly on World Heritage issues on the ground as well as through reports and publications.

Major Project in World Heritage

Chief Investigators: Professor Ian Lilley, Professor Marcus Hockings, Dr Celmara Pocock (USQ), Dr Jon Willis.

Australian Research Council: What could World Heritage listing deliver for Indigenous people? The Australian experience in global context

The study “What could World Heritage listing deliver for Indigenous people? The Australian experience in global context” investigates the difference between the intentions of the World Heritage system regarding Indigenous people and what it actually delivers. There is almost no research on this issue despite UNESCO's aim to expand the non-Western dimensions of the World Heritage program. The study is developing innovative methods that join Western and Indigenous knowledge, substantially boosting understanding of Indigenous perspectives on World Heritage. The outcome will be an evidence-based model that better integrates UNESCO's top-down approach with Indigenous interests, assisting the global 'heritage industry' to address the complex demands of the postcolonial era.

Other relevant projects and initiatives