SPEAKER - Jo McDonald

Professor Jo McDonald

Jo McDonald is the Director of the Centre for Rock Art Research + Management (CRAR+M) at the University of Western Australia. She holds the Rio Tinto Chair in Rock Art Studies and has been studying Australian rock art for over 35 years. She has worked on the rock art of the Canning Stock Route with Martu since 2000.

She was involved in the scientific assessment of the Dampier Archipelago’s rock art for National Heritage Listing and co-wrote its Outstanding Universal Values assessment for World Heritage Listing. Under her leadership CRAR+M is developing research protocols and collaborative partnerships between UWA and Western Australian Aboriginal communities with rock art estates. These protocols ensure that academic research recognises the cultural values and knowledge of custodians and that scientific approaches contribute to communities’ management priorities.

Before entering academia as an ARC Future Fellow (2011-2016) she was a leading cultural heritage management practitioner in the Eastern States. She is currently the Lead Chief Investigator on Murujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming – an ARC Linkage Project focused on deep time rock art production and contemporary values for the Dampier Archipelago.

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