Dr Kirsty Gillespie

BA (Hons1) (ANU), PhD (ANU), Grad Cert Higher Ed (UQ), Grad Cert General and Applied Linguistics (ANU)
Research Fellow, School of Culture, History and Language
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Anthropology 1601
  • Musicology And Ethnomusicology 360306
  • Linguistics 4704
  • Language Studies 4703
  • Pacific Peoples Culture, Language And History 4513

Research interests

  • Pacific languages
  • Music 
  • Intangible cultural heritage
  • Applied ethnomusicology
  • Museum studies


Kirsty joined CHL in November 2022 as a research fellow on the project 'Modelling Pacific Creole Languages'. 

Kirsty has been conducting research on aspects of Pacific culture since 2003. Her doctoral thesis, a study of the musical practices of the Duna people of Hela Province, PNG, was awarded by the ANU in 2008. The research was subsequently published in the book 'Steep Slopes: Music and Change in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea' (ANU Press, 2010).

From 2011-2015 Kirsty was a Research Fellow in the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland (UQ). During her time at UQ Kirsty worked on a cultural heritage program in the Lihir Islands of PNG in the context of large-scale gold mining.

Prior to returning to ANU, Kirsty was Senior Curator in Anthropology at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville, a joint appointment with James Cook University, and Honorary Research Fellow at the Southbank Brisbane campus of the Queensland Museum.

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