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Heather L. Robinson

PhD Candidate, College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, Flinders University

Heather Robinson has a background in the Australian arts and cultural sector, specialising in cultural project management, strategic communications and developing communities of knowledge exchange.

Robinson is undertaking a PhD at Flinders University, as part of the Laboratory Adelaide Project, exploring the real value of cultural institutions and their intangible contributions to communities, particularly the State Library of South Australia.

In 2015 she became a Board member of Adelaide Festival of Ideas Association Inc., and in 2016 was Executive Producer of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas (AFoI). Robinson previously delivered the 2013 AFoI as Associate Director.

Her early career in Melbourne began in heritage collections and events management with the National Trust of Australia (VIC), membership and events with the National Gallery Society of Victoria and later as Program Coordinator for the Australian Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria.

After delivering the Anne Frank Australian Exhibition to six locations across Australia in 2000-2001, Robinson established herself in Perth as the Visual Arts Officer for the 2003 Perth International Arts Festival. She also worked for the Holmes a Court Gallery, the Western Australian Museum, Lotterywest, Museum Victoria and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Robinson is an Honorary Research Associate for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and continues to pursue silent film history for a biography of silent Hollywood actress and much-loved Melbourne philanthropist, Claire Adams Mackinnon. In 2012, this work was shortlisted for the inaugural Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship for unpublished Australian biography.

Robinson has a BA (Hons.) in Fine Art and Film History as well as a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from the University of Melbourne.


  • 2010–present
    Hon Research Associate, History Dept, Los Angeles Natural History Museum
  • 2015–present
    PhD Candidate & Research Associate, College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, Flinders University


  • 1993 
    University of Melbourne, Graduate Diploma, Museum Studies
  • 1992 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fine Art and Film Theory

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, Royal Society of South Australia
  • Board of Directors, Adelaide Festival of Ideas Inc.