Professor Ian Lilley

Professor

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit
i.lilley@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 57051

Overview

Professor Ian Lilley (BA Hons, MA Qld, PhD ANU) is an academic leader whose teaching, research and applied interests focus on archaeology and cultural heritage in Australasia, the Indo-Pacific and globally.

Ian is an archaeologist and Professor in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (ATSIS). He also has a continuing visiting appointment as Willem Willems Chair in Contemporary Issues in Archaeological Heritage Management at Leiden University in the Netherlands. His Honours and Masters research examined the archaeology of Southeast Queensland. Following ground-breaking work in PNG with the Australian Museum, Ian then did his PhD on ancient maritime trading systems which linked the New Guinea mainland and nearby Bismarck Archipelago. He built on that project with a UQ Postdoctoral Fellowship, for which he won National Geographic funding to return to New Guinea. He has since undertaken archaeological and cultural heritage research, consultancies and advisory missions throughout Australia, in Asia and the Pacific Islands and in North and South America. Ian's current heritage research focuses on global issues regarding World Heritage, the World Bank and transnational corporations in the extractive industries sector, particularly in relation to Indigenous people. Archaeologically he is working with French colleagues on long-term developments in New Caledonia. He also manages other projects concerning Indigenous heritage and issues in higher education of concern to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Ian is Vice President and International Secretary of the Australian Academy of Humanities, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. At UQ he is a Senior Research Associate in the Centre for Policy Futures. Externally he is also a member of Australia ICOMOS, an ICOMOS World Heritage Assessor and immediate past Secretary-General of the ICOMOS International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management. In addition, he is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (member, WCPA Protected Landscapes Specialist Group) and the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (member, Theme on Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities, Equity and Protected Areas). ICOMOS and IUCN are the statutory Advisory Bodies to UNESCO on cultural and natural heritage respectively. Ian is one of the few people globally who is a member of both bodies. In addition, he is Secretary-General of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, the region's peak professional archaeological body, immediate past Chair of the International Government Affairs Committee of the Society for American Archaeology and Convenor of the International Heritage Group, which he founded while a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Oxford in 2011. Ian's other professional interests are archaeology and social identity, archaeological ethics, and the role of archaeology in contemporary society.

In addition to his research and engagement with industry, Ian is Director of the ATSIS Unit's academic program and Convenor of the ATSIS major in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS). He teaches undergraduate courses in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and in the Faculty of Science School of Earth and Environmental Studies. He is also Convenor of the Masters in Heritage Studies in the HASS School of Social Science and coordinates a course on World Heritage in that degree. He supervises PhD and MPhil research projects in many different schools across the university, as well as others at Leiden and Otago. In addition he provides academic and pastoral support for Indigenous students. Ian is also the HASS Indigenous Focal Point, in which role he coordinates the integration of Indigenous perspectives in HASS teaching, research and internal and external engagement. He sits on the HASS Faculty Teaching and Learning and Research committees as well as the HASS Faculty Board and the boards of studies UQ's BA and BSocSci. He also serves on UQ's BA Advisory Board, UQ Library Committee and UQ's Human Research Ethics Committee "A".

Research Impacts

Ian's mission is to help create a global paradigm shift that integrates Indigenous perspectives with science and ethics in the study and protection of humanity's heritage. He pursues this goal in Australia and globally through his strong engagement with industry as well as his scholarly research. He focuses on heritage-related philosophies, policies and practices in three overlapping spheres: World Heritage, multilateral development banks and the transnational extractive industries sector. He is also becoming increasing involved with work combatting looting and illegal trade in antiquities and other cultural property. All of Ian's work aims to inject Indigenous concerns and approaches into the centre of ‘mainstream’ agendas at all levels, from the UN down and from the grassroots up. The objective is to promote fundamental structural change to the benefit of Indigenous communities, archaeologists and heritage practitioners across Australia and around the world. In recent years, this work has seen Ian publish widely on these matters as well as play central roles in:

· the development of Rio Tinto’s global corporate guidance on “why cultural heritage matters”, now an international industry standard,

· efforts to strengthen cooperation and coordination between ICOMOS and IUCN, the two statutory Advisory Bodies to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and

· building professional relationships with the World Bank and other multilateral development lenders to improve their approaches to heritage protection and management.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), The University of Queensland
  • Master of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • PhD, Australian National University

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

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Conference Publication

  • Lilley, Ian (2012). Nature and culture in World Heritage management: a view from the Asia-Pacific. In: Alicia Castillo, Actas del Primer Congreso Internacional de Buenas Prácticas en Patrimonio Mundial: Arqueología. 1st International Conference on Best Practices in World Heritage: Archaeology, Menorca, Spain, (). 9-13 April 2012.

  • Ulm, S., Evans, N., Memmott, P., Rosendahl, D., Robins, R., Lilley, I. and Stock, E. (2008). Exploring Isolation and Change in Island Environments: Preliminary results from the Southern Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. In: World Archaeological Conference. 6th World Archaeological Congress (WAC-6), Dublin, Ireland, (246-246). 29 June - 4 July 2008.

  • Ulm, S., Evans, N., Memmott, P., Rosendahl, D., Robins, R., Lilley, I. and Stock, E. (2008). Exploring Isolation and Change in Island Environments: Preliminary results from the Southern Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. In: Working Papers in Archaeology Seminar Series, St Lucia, Australia, (). 8 August, 2008.

  • Ulm, Sean, Evans, Nicholas, Memmott, Paul, Rosendahl, Daniel, Robins, Richard, Lilley, Ian and Stock, Errol (2008). Palaeoenvironmental and Cultural Change across the Wellesley Archipelago: Preliminary results from the Southern Gulf of Carpentaria. In: Geraldine Mate, Karen Murphy and Natalie Franklin, Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference: Programme and Abstracts. Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference, Noosa, Queensland, (65-65). 3-6 December 2008.

  • Memmott, Paul, Lilley, Ian and Dalley, Cameo (2006). Connection to Place, Migration and the Transformation of Tradition in the Wellesley Islands. In: N. AlSayyad, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review: "Hypertraditions" The Tenth Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments. "Hypertraditions" The Tenth Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, Bangkok, Thailand, (28-28). 15 -18 December 2006.

  • Rosendahl, Daniel, Memmott, P., Ulm, S., Lilley, Ian, Robins, Richard, Stock, Errol, Dalley, Cameo and Hain, Emma (2006). Understanding Isolation and Change in Island Environments: A Perspective from the Southern Gulf of Carpentaria. In: Abstracts: Australian Archaeological Association Conference 2006. Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference, Beechworth, Vic., Australia, (). 7-10 December, 2006.

  • Ulm, Sean, Westcott, Catherine, Reid, Jill, Ross, Anne, Lilley, Ian, Prangnell, Jonathan and Kirkwood, Luke (2002). Preface: Barriers, Borders, Boundaries. In: S. Ulm, C. Westcott, J. Reid, A. Ross, I. Lilley, J. Prangnell and L. Kirkwood, Tempus: Barriers, Borders, Boundaries: Proceedings of the 2001 Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference. 2001 Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference, Hervey Bay, QLD, (vii-viii). 6-8 December 2001.

  • Ulm, S. and Lilley, I. (1999). The Gooreng Gooreng Cultural Heritage Project and repatriation of the Burnett River Engravings. In: Proceedings of WAC4 - World Archaeological Congress. WAC4 - World Archaeological Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, (iii-iv). 10-14 January 1999.

  • Lilley, I. and Hall, J. (1996). Introduction: recent Queensland research. In: S. Ulm, I. Lilley and A. Ross, Australian archaeology '95 : proceedings of the 1995 Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference. The 17th Australian Archaeological Association Conference, Gatton Campus, Australia, (191-192). 6-9 December, 1995.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Joint Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision