Dr Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy

Portrait of Dr Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy

2018 College Recipient, College of Arts, Society and Education

Dr Susan McIntyre‐Tamwoy is a cultural heritage research specialist and practitioner with more than 30 years of experience in Australia and overseas. Her experience includes a broad range of Indigenous and non‐Indigenous archaeological projects, heritage planning, historic site conservation, asset management and cultural heritage research.

She is currently an Associate Director of Navin Officer Heritage Consultants, a private heritage company comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of specialists, where her role is the development of heritage projects in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr McIntyre-Tamwoy has previously served at a senior level in public policy development, government regulatory and management roles, heritage asset management, and research. She has served on the Heritage Council of NSW and in 2000 she was awarded for her contributions to the conservation of the heritage of New South Wales.

Her leadership roles in prominent archaeological and heritage non‐government organisations attest to her strong standing amongst her professional peers. Throughout her career, she has been active in professional bodies related to archaeology both nationally and internationally and is a former national president of the Australia International Council on Monuments and Sites, and of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists.

Dr McIntyre-Tamwoy is active in the world heritage arena and is an expert member and past President of the International Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage, and expert member of the International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management. She is also a member of the IUCN, Protected Area Commission and worked as an expert advisor through the International Council on Monuments and Sites to the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO.

Dr McIntyre-Tamwoy has maintained her research interest in the archaeology of north Queensland and her strong links to Aboriginal communities in northern Cape York and the Torres Strait, with whom she has lived and worked for several years.

Her specific research interests include intangible cultural heritage, archaeological evidence for ceremonial practice and past resource use governed by complex cultural practices, the impacts of climate change on cultural heritage places and values, and Indigenous and other cultural values of natural places.

She is currently an Adjunct Professor with James Cook University and has previously worked with the Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Sociology, The Cairns Institute and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

Dr Susan McIntyre‐Tamwoy graduated with a PhD from James Cook University in 2002. The title of her thesis was “Red Devils and White Men.”