Research Projects

Risk and Insurance in the Cairns Northern Beaches

This project aims to understand the risks that people comprehend they face in the Cairns Northern Beaches region.

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The Deep History of Sea Country: Climate, Sea Level and Culture

Submerged landscape archaeology is an under-researched field in Australia and represents a major opportunity to address knowledge gaps in Australian archaeology.

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Warfare and the Archaic State in Oceania

This project focuses on the evidence for warfare and conflict in the ancient Tongan state.

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Naïve Island Landscapes:
People and Environmental Change in Tropical Sclerophyll Landscapes

What happens when people enter new environments? This study identifies and measures the impacts of human arrivals on the Australian environment.

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Townsville Turns 150: The Old and the News

A celebration of Townsville city’s 150 years (1866-2016) housed at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, Flinders Street, Townsville, showcasing Townsville's history through its media.

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Objects of Possession: Artefact Transactions in the Wet Tropics of North Queensland, 1870-2013

This project provides a history of ethnographic collecting in the Wet Tropics of North Queensland.

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Foundations of Island Southeast Asian Maritime Interaction: Unravelling Cause and Consequence for the Transformation of Past Societies

To investigate causes and consequences of transformations in ISEA prehistory, this project examines the archaeological record of islands in eastern Indonesia to quantify interaction and subsistence systems during the Holocene prior to the arrival of Neolithic migrants or innovations at 4,500 years ago.

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Digital Relations: New Media in Arnhem Land

Digital media provides powerful new ways for remote indigenous Australians to participate in a globalising world. Research partnerships between clan groups, community-based Aboriginal organisations, and international institutes will reveal how Yolngu are creatively re-articulating contemporary social concerns and identities via new media forms.

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