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Discipine Leader Permaculture Design and Sustainability, CQUniversity Australia

Keri is currently working as Discipline Leader on the Permaculture Design and Sustainability Program at CQUniversity.

Keri is a cultural anthropologist with an interest in environmental anthropology, social movement studies and theories of social change.

After returning from participation in the Dialogue Days for the drafting of the Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012, Keri began fieldwork in the natural/alternative building and permaculture movements in Australia, and became a passionate advocate for transitions towards sustainability.

She is relishing the challenge of applying her background in cultural anthropology and sustainability to the task of co-ordinating one of the world's first tertiary level permaculture programs.

Keri is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of South Australia where she is engaged on a number of different projects looking at cultural and social influences on approaches to 'sustainability' and 'development'. She is also engaged in various teaching related academic tasks including guest lectures and student supervision.

Prior to joining CQUniversity Keri worked at the University of South Australia, as a Research Fellow on an ARC Linkage Project entitled 'Reconsidering Sustainable Building and Design: A Cultural Change Approach'. She also lectured in 'Social and Community Planning' and 'Sustainable Development: A Global Perspective'.

Prior to this she was based at the Australian Institute for Social Research, where she worked on a wide variety of contract research projects.

She received her doctorate in Anthropology/Social Inquiry at the University of Adelaide in 2008.

Since then she has published numerous research outputs including books, book chapters, journal articles and presentations at national and international conferences.


  • 2015–present
    Discipline Leader, Permaculture Design and Sustainability, CQUniversity
  • 2014–2015
    Course Coordinator, Sustainable Development: A Global Perspective, University of South Australia
  • 2011–2015
    Research Fellow, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia
  • 2010–2011
    Research Fellow, Australian Institute for Social Research, The University of Adelaide


  • 2008 
    University of Adelaide, PhD in Anthropology/Social Inquiry
  • 2004 
    University of South Australia, Grad Dip in Social Sciences
  • 2002 
    University of Adelaide, BA (First Class Hons) in Anthropology