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Senior Research Fellow, Western Sydney University

Dr Jessica Weir is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University. Dr Weir investigates the social-cultural dimensions of environmental management, spanning issues of natural hazards, fresh water, native title, climate change and decolonial ethics. Dr Weir learns from Indigenous peoples' knowledge and governance practices, to draw out insights for public sector governance and academic knowledge generation. She works with Indigenous communities, leaders and academics in southeast and western Australia. Dr Weir worked for ten years in the Native Title Research Unit at the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), and in 2011 founded the AIATSIS Land and Water Research Centre. Her current research on natural hazard risk is supported through two projects with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.


  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Humanities, Western Sydney University


  • 2008 
    The Australian National University , PhD