Professor Sue O'Connor
Areas of expertise
- Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Archaeology 210101
- Archaeology Of Asia, Africa And The Americas 210103
- Archaeological Science 210102
- Archaeology Of New Guinea And Pacific Islands (Excl. New Zealand) 210106
- Archaeology 2101
Australian and Southeast Asian archaeology; Pleistocene colonisation of Island Southeast Asia, Australia and Papua New Guinea by modern humans and the links between these regions; change and continuity across the boundary of the Neolithic transition in Island Southeast Asia; human impacts on the environment, rock art
I am currently conducting a major archaeological research project in East Timor investigating the cultural and environmental changes that took place across the Neolithic transition and into the Metal Age. This project complements and builds on previous research in the eastern Maluku region and Wallacea and current research in Papua New Guinea which is investigating Pleistocene colonisation in Island Southeast Asia and Greater Australia and subsequent patterns of migration, interaction and exchange.
Awarded Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship in 2012
Awarded Australian Research Council QEII Fellowship (1999-2003); Project title: Characterising the Island Southeast Asian Neolithic Transition: a comparison of preceramic and ceramic (Neolithic) maritime cultures.
Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.
- From Sunda to Sahul: Understanding modern human dispersal, adaptation and behaviour en route to Australia (Primary Investigator)
- The Archaeology of Sulawesi: A Strategic Island for Understanding Modern Human Colonization and Interactions Across our Region (Primary Investigator)
- Life Ways of the First Australians (Primary Investigator)
- Rethinking Cultural Heritage in Southeast Asia: A Case Study from the New Nation of Timor Leste (Primary Investigator)
- Bayini, Macassans, Balanda and Bininj: A Case Study of Indigenous Cultural Heritage Management and Tourism in West Arnhemland Northern Territory (Primary Investigator)
- Cultural and Environmental Shifts in Late Holocene East Timor: Evidence for Climate Change? (Primary Investigator)
- Impacts of Catastrophic Marine Inundation Events (CMIEs) on the Prehistoric Archaeological Record of the Australian Coastline (Primary Investigator)
- Transformations and Persistence in the Holocene in East Timor: Unpacking the Island Southeast Asian Neolithic and Metal Age Cultural Packages (Primary Investigator)
- The Archaeology of Northern New Guinea, a Cultural Corridor between Asia, Island Melanesia and the Pacific (Secondary Investigator)
- Bridging Sunda and Sahul: The archeology of the border area between Asia, Australia and Melanesia in Southeastern Maluka, Indonesia (Secondary Investigator)
- Characterising the Island Southeast Asian Neolithic Transition: A Comparison of Preceramic and Ceramic (Neolithic) Maritime Cultures in the Aru Islands (Primary Investigator)