Steve Brown


1987 …2023

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Dr Steve Brown is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Canberra's Centre for Creative & Cultural Research. He is a researcher with the ARC linkage project Everyday Heritage (2022-2025). The project is concerned with the things and places that ordinary people value and how these can be better acknowledged. The project will develop tools for communities and heritage managers to give value to underrepresented groups and their stories. Steve is also an Special Adviser at GML Heritage, the Partner Organisation on the Everyday Heritage project.

Steve is known internationally for his research on cultural landscapes, heritage studies, and place-attachment and his work in the fields of World Heritage and Australian Indigenous archaeology. He undertakes work with the UNESCO World Heritage Advisory Bodies ICOMOS, IUCN, and ICCROM. He is a past President of the ICOMOS-IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes (2014-2017) and is the Lead Adviser on ICOMOS-IUCN Connecting Practice Phase IV (2021-2022). Steve teaches into international heritage capacity building courses with ICCROM (2020-2022); has taught, convened, and developed courses in heritage studies at the University of Canberra (2018-2021); and taught into the University of Sydney's Master of Museum and Heritage Studies (2015-2018). In 2018, Steve was Guest Scholar at Nankai University, China. 

Steve's research interests include: community, social, and cultural values-assessment of heritage places and collections; applied approaches to cultural landscapes, with particular reference to protected areas; integrating nature-cultures in heritage theory and practice; the recognition and safeguarding of World Heritage properties, with a focus on Australia and China; heritage of landscapes with the imprint of Indigenous and colonial invader intra-action; conceptualising and operationalising place-attachment in the field of heritage studies; and the archaeology of the domestic gardens. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Place-attachment in Heritage Theory and Practice: A personal and ethnographic study, University of Sydney

Award Date: 1 Aug 2015

External positions

Lead Adviser, ICOMOS-IUCN Connecting Practice Phase IV

Special Adviser, GML Heritage


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