Vanessa Cavanagh
Vanessa Cavanagh

Vanessa Cavanagh

University of Wollongong

PhD student
Work Packages
Work Package 5 - Indigenous cultural burning: Exploring the links between cultural revitalisation and wellbeing

PhD project: Exploring Aboriginal women’s engagement in cultural burning practices in NSW

I’m a Bundjalung and Wonnarua Aboriginal person from NSW, Australia. My research interests are in Australian Indigenous Geographies.
I have over two decades of experience in environmental and heritage conservation management, within government, community and corporate sectors. I worked in the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, within its joint-management unit, cultural heritage division and national park operational group. I worked in the corporate sector as the project manager of the Georges River Aboriginal Riverkeeper Team.
My PhD research engages with Aboriginal women and cultural burning in NSW. My PhD supervisors are Associate Professor Michael Adams, and Dr Laura Hammersley.

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