Deakin researcher honoured

AM for Kristal Buckley.

Kristal Buckley
Kristal Buckley

Deakin researcher Kristal Buckley, a lecturer in cultural heritage, has received an AM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Her citation for the honour reads: For significant service to conservation and the environment, particularly in the area of cultural heritage, and to education.

“This is exciting news,” said Associate Professor Andrea Witcomb, the deputy director of ADRI, the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, and the Director of the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP).

“This award adds to our vision of making CHCAP a really strong pillar of ADRI.

“It also just goes to show not only the calibre of the staff we have here at Deakin, but the esteem in which they are held outside the University.

“In Kristal’s case her work with the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is not only what has led to this award but it is also what gives us such good connections at both national and international levels with the heritage industry and ensures our research keeps abreast of changes on the ground, particularly in regard to World Heritage issues.”

Kristal Buckley said she was both greatly honoured and also humbled by this recognition.

"It comes after many wonderful and challenging moments of collaboration with colleagues and communities," she said.

"I am very grateful especially to Deakin, especially my colleagues and friends at the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific for encouraging me to play a role on the international scene as well as providing an ideal professional home."

Kristal Buckley has had more than 25 years experience as a cultural heritage practitioner, including roles in government, teaching, consulting and non-government organisations.

She holds qualifications in archaeology, anthropology and public policy, and her work has included Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural heritage assessments, research and management projects.

In her role with ICOMOS, she has worked with the World Heritage Convention, and with cultural heritage issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

Her research interests include:

  • Cultural landscapes, the associative values of land and seascapes, integration of natural and cultural perspectives.
  • Intangible cultural heritage, community engagement and involvement in cultural heritage.
  • Cultural Mapping and the documentation and use of Cultural Knowledge.
  • Implementation and evolution of the World Heritage Convention and other international instruments for culture.
  • Evolving Cultural Heritage practice in the Asia-Pacific region

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