Dr Kirsty Gillespie

BA (Hons1) (ANU), PhD (ANU), Grad Cert Higher Ed (UQ)
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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