Jane Urquhart

Associate student
Jane Urquhart

Jane Urquhart is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Social Inquiry at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Jane is researching Aboriginal fire ecology and its interconnection with the outcomes of native title as lands are restored to Indigenous ownership and Indigenous land-owners participate in environmental work via the Indigenous Protected Area program. This study is underpinned with a BA (Honours in anthropology) and research interests related to the anthropology of Aboriginal Australia which includes experience from a Centre for Native Title Anthropology placement with the Northern Land Council (NT) and an Aurora Project internship with First Nations Legal and Research Services (Victoria). These studies follow on from prior qualification and professional practice as a horticulturalist in plant health research and planting design for early childhood and nature-play spaces.

Student project

Socio-cultural and ethnographic research with Indigenous land-owners – the Nyangumarta Aboriginal community (Pilbara, NW WA) will identify if their knowledge and practices of anthropogenic burning of country is gendered. Specifically, Nyangumarta women’s knowledge and practices will be ascertained to support the Nyangumarta community re-implement a favourable fire regime and appropriate practices for the environmental management of their Indigenous Protected Area.

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