My research focuses on a broad range of histories and communities with the common theme of people and place in Australia. I have done extensive oral history research and engaged with regional communities on history and heritage. I have also worked on notions of heritage and the role of heritage in cultural and economic revival.
Following an excellent mining history conference in Johannesburg in April, 2012 I am also developing a research agenda on international trajectories of mining and community development with colleagues from Monash, the ANU and international partners.
My more recent work is looking at outer suburban communities, particularly those on the border line between suburban and rural, where rapid change is proceeding on the edges of Australian cities.
I have been involved in Human Research Ethics for over 10 years and am currently a member of the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC).
A History of Toomuc Creek, Pakenham, Victoria (2011-2012)
ARC Discovery Grant, Frontiers of Labour: A History of Industrial and Mining Towns in Australia (2005-2008)
Newcastle City Council, Preliminary study into the location of the first convict-coal mines of Newcastle (2003-2005)
NSW Heritage Office, Heritage Incentives Programme, Promoting and Resourcing Coal River, Newcastle (2006-2007)