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Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Zena Cumpston is a Barkandji woman who is passionate about all aspects of representation in relation to First Peoples. She currently works as a Research Fellow in Urban Environments at the Clean Air Urban Landscapes Hub at the University of Melbourne, working across several projects related to Aboriginal History, sustainability, ecology and biodiversity. Zena was lead researcher, co- producer and co-designer of The Living Pavilion installation at the University of Melbourne which featured 40,000 Kulin Nation plants foregrounding Indigenous knowledge, ecological science and sustainable design through participatory arts practice. Most recently Zena collaborated with Jonathan Jones, Uncle Bruce Pascoe and Bill Gammage on the Art Gallery of South Australia exhibition Bunha-bunhanga; Aboriginal Agriculture in the south-east as part of the 2019 Tarnanthi Festival.


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    Research Fellow, University of Melbourne