Associate Professor

Available to supervise Higher Degree by Research students


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Tracy Ireland is Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage in the Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra, where she leads the Future Heritage program in the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research. Tracy's career has also included working for the New South Wales Heritage Council as the State Archaeologist and heading up the Canberra Office of GML Heritage. She undertook a PhD at the University of Sydney, awarded in 2001, and  has published extensively on historical archaeology, heritage and conservation, and their entanglement with nationalism and colonialism. Tracy has prepared heritage assessments and management plans for some of Australia's most significant places, including the Old Great North Road World Heritage site, the Australian War Memorial, Old Parliament House and the Blacktown Native Insitution. Tracy is known internationally for her work on heritage ethics and the social values of heritage and she has researched and published on the archaeology and heritage of colonialism in Australia, New Zealand, Quebec, North Eastern USA, and in Cyprus, as a member of the Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project. Her recent books include The ethics of cultural heritage (with John Schofield), and Object Lessons: Archaeology and heritage in Australia (with Jane Lydon).


Tracy has had 5 PhD and 1 Masters student complete successfully since 2015. In 2017 Tracy was visiting Research Fellow at the University of Stirling in Scotland.

Tracy is the Lead Chief Investigator for the 3 year ARC Linkage project  Heritage of the Air, 2018-2020, a digital and community focussed project studying how communities value the heritage of Australian aviation, partnering with Airservices Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the SFO Museum and the Civil Aviation Historical Society. 





Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sydney

External positions

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Stirling

25 Aug 201720 Dec 2017

Visiting Research Fellow, UTS University of Technology Sydney

25 Jan 201320 Dec 2013

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archaeology Social Sciences
New Zealand Social Sciences
colonial age Social Sciences
cultural heritage Social Sciences
air traffic Social Sciences
moral philosophy Social Sciences
globalization Social Sciences
discourse Social Sciences

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Projects 2009 2017

Research Output 2003 2017

Fungal bioreceptivity of Japanese tissue papers treated with plant dyes, watercolours, and acrylic paints in paper conservation

Soleymani, S., Aalders, J., Gahan, M. E., Ireland, T. & McNevin, D. Feb 2017 In : Studies in Conservation. 62, 2, p. 104-113 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Rethinking Materiality, Memory and Identity

IRELAND, T. & Lydon, J. 2016 In : Public History Review. 23, p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Up Close and Personal: feeling the past at urban archaeological sites

IRELAND, T. 2016 In : Public History Review. 23, p. 43-55 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle